iPad Email and Messaging

How do I name a group text on my iPad?

The ability to name group messages is a great iOS 8 addition. Now you can distinguish between various group texts quickly by just naming them after the subject, rather than trying to figure out by reading through them or looking at the people involved, who may overlap on other conversations anyway. Now you can simply name your conversations Camping Trip, Work - Project A, Work - Project B, Eagles Draft, etc. To name a conversation, tap the Details button in the top right corner. You won't see it immediately because you have to scroll up to see Group Name.

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How do I share my location in Messages on my iPad?

Sharing your location with friends can be a valuable tool to help you meet up somewhere, or just to let a loved one know where you are and when you'll be getting home. To share your location, go to your text conversation and tap Details in the upper right corner. A box will open with a number of options.

Tap Send My Current Location to send your whereabouts just once. To let someone follow your movements use Share My Location. You can share your location for an hour, until the end of the day, or indefinitely.

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How can I turn off notifications for a particular text conversation on my iPad?

If you have one text thread that just keeps going ad nauseam (i.e. a group text with a bunch of friends) and you don't want to be bothered any more, but you don't want to put your phone on Do Not Disturb either, now you have the option to put just that text conversation on Do Not Disturb. To do so, simply go into the conversation and tap Details in the upper right corner. A number of options come up, toggle on Do Not Disturb.

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How to get a Notification on Your iPad When Someone Responds to Your Email

Thanks to iOS 8 Apple has added several useful features to its Mail app making it once again relevant to iOS devices. For example, users can now skip the VIP list introduced in iOS 6 and receive a notification when any email is answered by using the new Notify Me flag. All you have to do is tap the flag icon when viewing any message in the Mail and you will receive a notification when anyone replies to that email.

Notify Me iOS 8

Another useful feature added to the Mail app in iOS 8 allows users to quickly update their Contacts or Calendar with new information and events contained in an email. For example, if a person updates their phone number in the signature of an email, the Mail app will give you the option to add that new information to the person's contact card in your Contacts app. The same goes for emails that contain dates and times for upcoming events. Just tap the "Add to Contacts" or "Add Events" notification to add the new information to your Contacts and Calendar apps.

Sparrow Working on iPad Application

The popular Mac/iPhone email client Sparrow released a teaser page for their upcoming iPad application. The page promises that Sparrow is "preparing something bigger" and allows Sparrow fans to sign up for future email alerts about the project.

iOS Mail Client

The Sparrow iPhone app was released in March 2012. It features full IMAP support for Gmail, Google Apps, iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, Mobile Me and custom accounts. The iPhone version is available in the iTunes App Store for $3. Pricing and features for the iPad app are unknown at this time.

How can I change my email signature on the iPad?

If you're not interested in telling everyone you sent an email from your iPad, you can delete or change the default signature that is appended to the end of messages.

1. Navigate to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Signature

2. Press the Clear button to remove the signature. If you wish to enter your own, use the keyboard to input text. When you're finished press the Home button to exit.

You now have a custom signature, or none at all.

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Can I read / set up my Hotmail account on the iPad Mail app?

Yes, even though the Mail app doesn't list Windows Live Hotmail as a default option, you can set up your Hotmail account using POP on your iPad with these instructions:

1. Navigate to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Add Account...

2. Select Other -> Add Mail Account

3. Enter your name, complete Hotmail address, and account password.

4. Edit the description field for the account if desired.

5. Touch the Save button at the top right of the window.

6. Mail will look up your account information.

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