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Who And When? Contact Names And Message Times | iPadOS 17 Guide

When looking at a conversation in Messages it’s not always clear who you’ve been talking to as by default only their first name is shown across the top of the screen.

To change this, open the Settings app, select Contacts and tap Short Name. Turn off the Short Name option completely to always show the whole name, or choose from the options below it.

Message time

It’s not always clear when sending messages what time each text was sent or received, but if you simply swipe across the view from right to left, the times will appear on the right side of the screen.

Now, how accurate was your friend’s “I’m five minutes away” text?