How you can tell when someone is seeing your text messages

People have love/hate relationships with messaging Read Receipts. If you’re not familiar with them, they’re those little alerts below messages that indicate that they have been seen or read by the other party.

When Read Receipt is turned on, people will be notified when you read the messages they’ve sent you. Vice versa, if it’s turned on on their side, you will be notified when they read your text.

It depends how you look at them.

Some people like these notifications because they give a sense of an immediate and urgent connection with others. Others hate them because they seem intrusive.

The common denominator is that Read Receipts force people to reply back as soon as possible and it depends if you see this as a good or bad thing.

Either way, it definitely has its worthwhile uses for keeping virtual conversations flowing. Parents can even use Read Receipts to keep tabs on their kids and have that assurance that each message sent is seen and, hopefully, replied to.

By Francis Navarro

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How to recover deleted text messages from an Android smartphone

If you’ve accidentally deleted some or all of your text messages by mistake, fret not! You can get them back with a 99% chance of success, but there’s one ingredient that is most important: time! If you’ve deleted your SMS inbox you have to act quick, because while the messages are recoverable until the portion of memory on which they are saved is rewritten, the longer you wait the higher the likelihood of getting new text messages, app updates or who-knows-what saved to the same location, obliterating them forever.

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Don’t take any cahnces with your SMS. If you’re too late already, here’s how to recover them. / © AndroidPIT

Tools to recover deleted SMS

There’s a couple of different PC-based tools to help you through this part of the process, and of course, also for Mac users. Generally speaking they are free (or have a free trial) and do the job equally as well as one another. The particular tool you choose will depend on your personal preference, but they all do basically the same thing: scan your Android’s memory, identify and recover your ”deleted” messages. They’ll all walk you through the process, which is usually only four steps long: connect, scan, preview, recover. The process works for other data besides text messages as well. Some programs worth trying out include:

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How to send SMS or MMS text messages from your PC or tablet using your Android phone number

SMS MessageOur little Android devices can do almost as much as some PCs, but it’s easy to forget that your smartphone is still a phone at heart. And with all the instant messaging services available for you to communicate, sometimes text messaging gets put in the backseat to the more robust features of something like Google Talk. Being able to keep up a conversation across multiple devices is incredibly handy, and it’s often much easier to type on a full computer keyboard as opposed to a smaller smartphone keyboard.

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How to Back up Text messages on your Android Phone

Text Messages It helps a lot if you use an Android phone, where your only hard part is deciding which app you want to use for the job. And on that operating system, one of the most popular choices is the free SMS Backup+. Once you connect the app to your Gmail account, it automatically backs up your texts and multimedia messages to Gmail (or any other e-mail service that supports IMAP synchronization), where you’ll find them under an “SMS” label.

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