With the addition of Apple’s Messages app on Mountain Lion, there are now multiple ways to initiate, receive and read an SMS message. Fortunately when Apple upgraded the iMessages app in iOS 5 to offer free messaging for iPhone-to-iPhone user (more accurately Apple ID user to Apple ID user), they marked a message “Delivered” to ensure you knew your SMS message had actually been… err… delivered.
Despite the obvious display of a message as “Delivered,” how can you tell when it’s actually been received and read? Similar to emails of yesteryear (perhaps you recall the annoying “Request Read Receipt” attached to your boss’s email message?), there is a setting to inform your Message sender that you have read their SMS.
Here’s the tip:
In iPhone/iPad’s Settings >> Messages menu, there is a toggle to “Send Read Receipt” (if you are using Mountain Lion, the setting is located in Preferences>>Accounts tab).
When toggled to “ON,” the “Delivered” label below the message will be replaced with a “Read at (timestamp)” when the recipient reads that message (see below). Of course, if you’re avoiding an SMS sender, this would be the opposite of your intention, but I think this is a nice little feature to politely tell your Message sender, “I got your SMS!” so they aren’t left to wonder.
Thanks to my friend Stephanie for her assistance in this post!