Can I Show a Character Count Next to Text Messages on an iPhone 7?

Your iPhone is able to send iMessages and SMS messages. The iMessages are sent to other iOS users, and they are handled a little differently than the standard SMS messages that you would send to someone using an Android device.

When you send an SMS message, which is indicated by a green bubble in the Messages app, you are limited to 160 characters per message. But this can be difficult to track manually, so you may be looking for a way to display the number of characters in your current message. Our guide below will show you where to find that setting.

How to Show Text Message Character Count on an iPhone 7

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 12.2. Note that the character count is only shown for SMS messages, indicated by a green bubble. Additionally, the character count won’t display until your message has reached the second line. At that point it is shown in light gray, above the green send button.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

open settings app

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Messages option.

open messages settings

Step 3: Scroll to the SMS/MMS section and tap the button to the right of Character Count to turn it on.

how to show a character count in iphone sms messages

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