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    Default Question about three dots during texting

    Does anyone know what it means if the three dots appear as if the other person is typing, but no message appears?
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    Default Re: Question about three dots during texting

    It simply means they are typing a reply, but not necessarily to you.
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    Default Re: Question about three dots during texting

    Quote Originally Posted by JustMe'D View Post
    It simply means they are typing a reply, but not necessarily to you.
    Or that they clicked in the reply box and never finished or deleted what they typed...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustMe'D View Post
    It simply means they are typing a reply, but not necessarily to you.
    Wait... Really? That's what it means? Is there a source for this information?
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    Yeah, I've always thought it only active when it was a message you were involved with, not just ANY time someone was typing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Massie View Post
    Yeah, I've always thought it only active when it was a message you were involved with, not just ANY time someone was typing.
    I really think the three dots only apply to the conversation it's in. Not just in general.
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    It is my understanding that the other person is physical typing a reply. I know my wife will take quite awhile to type her whole message and seems like forever until it actually gets to my phone. When this does happen, the message comes through as green (SMS) rather than iMessage. iMessage seems to be down a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dublex View Post
    Wait... Really? That's what it means? Is there a source for this information?
    I don't know of any. Just my experience. On several occasions while texting my wife and kids, I'd see the 3 dots that are associated with a reply, and after a short time, the dots disappear without me receiving a reply. Then when I tell them that I didn't get their reply, they'd say that they were texting someone else.

    Quote Originally Posted by Massie View Post
    Yeah, I've always thought it only active when it was a message you were involved with, not just ANY time someone was typing.
    So did I until I began experiencing the things I mentioned above.

    Quote Originally Posted by fatfury View Post
    I really think the three dots only apply to the conversation it's in. Not just in general.
    I thought so too until I experienced the things I mentioned above.

    Quote Originally Posted by xMatter View Post
    It is my understanding that the other person is physical typing a reply. I know my wife will take quite awhile to type her whole message and seems like forever until it actually gets to my phone. When this does happen, the message comes through as green (SMS) rather than iMessage. iMessage seems to be down a lot.
    You are correct. It does indeed mean that the recipient is in the process of replying, but my aforementioned experiences did happen and still happens on occasion.
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    Default Re: Question about three dots during texting

    I see those dots then they disappear without receiving a reply immediately

    Who knows.
    Good Luck
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    Default Re: Question about three dots during texting

    This is interesting cause I spend a lot of time looking at these dots and nothing happens

    Now I can free up that time to maybe come up with a cure for cancer or some other global changing event

    ...


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    That's interesting. I always thought the dots meant the person was typing a reply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pr1nce View Post
    That's interesting. I always thought the dots meant the person was typing a reply.
    Same here.
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    Default Re: Question about three dots during texting

    As well as most the only time I have seen the 3 dots even If I am typing a message, the person on the other end can be at the same time and I will see the 3 dots. They will go away once that person I am sending a message to sends theirs to me. On the other hand once I type a message and wait I can see that the recipient is typing a reply to me by the 3 dots.
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    Default Re: Question about three dots during texting

    The 3 dots are only for when that person is sending a reply to you specifically. If you are getting dots when they are typing to someone else, that's a system glitch. Hey, at least doing tech support for a major carrier comes in handy when talking to you guys here!
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    Kal-el are you sure? I know you're said you do tech support.....but, if what you're saying is true then I must have an awful lot of system glitches. For example....it seems to happen a lot with my sister. I'll see the 3 dots there forever and then they go away with no response. But, if I'm talking to anyone else I see the dots and get a text right afterwards. You're positive it's only when they're typing to you and not someone else?
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    I am constantly seeing 3 dots and never receive a message, but then again, i am AT&T an their service isn't the best, especially in the last 3 months.


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    Default Re: Question about three dots during texting

    Most of the time they are writing back to you or you would not see them writing to someone else in your window and I have also seen the typing and it goes away without a message. Ii seems like the carrier or the finish of a message with a slight delay.
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    It's for typing, but.....I think sometimes it gets crossed from other messages being typed to other people.... Though you won't get anything, the other person does....
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    This is an hilariously awkward thread. The dots just mean the other person is typing. If you don't receive a reply then they decided they didn't want to send the message. Personally I hate the feature but there must be some conceivable benefit since it was consciously included.
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    Default Re: Question about three dots during texting

    It was included in-case the person that sees the 3 dots might wait on sending their message and see if they need to change it or add to it.
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    With the 3 dots, I've noticed distance matters. My wife in the next room will text me and it immediately comes in after the dots. But when my sister, who's 200 miles away sends a text, it takes longer. If no message comes after seeing dots, it means they changed their mind or something. If 1 character is tapped, the dots will appear.


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    Default Re: Question about three dots during texting

    it means what you said your text to this person was stupid( no offense).
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    Quote Originally Posted by debby alicen View Post
    it means what you said your text to this person was stupid( no offense).
    #takeninbytheitalian
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    I was wrong in my previous comment. The 3 dots is called an ellipsis.
    The iMessage ellipsis begins when the first character is typed. If the sender stops typing but does not back up to delete the showing characters, the ellipsis will continue for 60 seconds. Then it stops and there is no message. If we are messaging, and I type one character, then close my messages app and go to Facebook, you would be left watching the ellipsis for 60 seconds or until it stops. Then you would wait a moment more for a message to appear. But it would not. If I were to type a word, then back up to where no character shows, then the ellipsis stops. And again, there's no message. As to what the sender is doing is a guess. They may start a message, then stop and move on to something else. They may accidentally hit a letter, then close the app, leaving you watching the ellipsis for 60 seconds. The ellipsis is not an indication that a message is incoming. It just means at least1 character was typed.
    It's not an iOS 8 bug. It's been going on since the iMessage ellipsis was first implemented.




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    Last edited by Ledsteplin; 02-11-2015 at 10:46 AM.
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    What does three dots mean when you text someone and you do not get a respond back
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