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Rafagon

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Hio there!
Is there a way to be able to see how many letters/notes a text contains that you write, without counting them manually?

//Thx for the help!
I'm not 100% sure I understood what you meant by the question. I am only about 98% sure that you want an automated count of the characters in a text message to appear while you are composing it. You can have the electronic processors in the iPhone count how many letters are in a text that you write so that you don't have to count them manually, and you can summon the character counter by tapping on Settings, then Messages, then scrolling down to where it says "Character Count" and put that switch on "ON".

Note that the character counter will only appear for SMS messages, not iMessages, and it will only appear after you have typed a line or so of text...

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I'm not 100% sure I understood what you meant by the question. I am only about 98% sure that you want an automated count of the characters in a text message to appear while you are composing it. You can have the electronic processors in the iPhone count how many letters are in a text that you write so that you don't have to count them manually, and you can summon the character counter by tapping on Settings, then Messages, then scrolling down to where it says "Character Count" and put that switch on "ON".

Note that the character counter will only appear for SMS messages, not iMessages, and it will only appear after you have typed a line or so of text...

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I was under the impression he was asking the question for Notes and not SMS messages.
 
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I'm not sure I understand your question. Do you want to know if there is a way to see how many words/characters are in a note?
You could be right. The OP's post was ambiguous. Hopefully he or she will come back and disambiguate it :)

I figured they were concerned with exceeding the standard 160-character count of a POTM (plain old text message).

Yes I mean how many characters there are in a note.
I'm not worried by text messages...

Sorry for my bad English.
 

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Yes I mean how many characters there are in a note.
I'm not worried by text messages...

Sorry for my bad English.
No, unfortunately there is not a way to see the number of characters in a note. The best alternative would be to find a notes app with support for that feature. SimpleNote does provide the number of words in a note. That is not quite what you are looking for but it should help.
 

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You can compose your note in messages as an SMS message. You can monitor the number of characters as you type. When done, copy and paste the note into the notes app. It's a few steps, but not really that much trouble. To get character counts in Messages, go to Settings>Messages>Toggle everything off except "Character Count".
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If you don't mind me asking, why would you need to know the character count in a note in the Notes app? I don't know the limit, if there is one, but in my experience I have composed a long blog that was over 3 thousand characters. For all I know, you could write a novel in Notes. So I am curious.
 
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No, unfortunately there is not a way to see the number of characters in a note. The best alternative would be to find a notes app with support for that feature. SimpleNote does provide the number of words in a note. That is not quite what you are looking for but it should help.
You can compose your note in messages as an SMS message. You can monitor the number of characters as you type. When done, copy and paste the note into the notes app. It's a few steps, but not really that much trouble. To get character counts in Messages, go to Settings>Messages>Toggle everything off except "Character Count".
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If you don't mind me asking, why would you need to know the character count in a note in the Notes app? I don't know the limit, if there is one, but in my experience I have composed a long blog that was over 3 thousand characters. For all I know, you could write a novel in Notes. So I am curious.
Were can I see the number of characters?

Also if I have notes, can I paste them into text message to see how many characters they have?

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May I ask how you could post that picture.
It looked so much more professional then mine.
I just took a screenshot of the iPhone...
It was a screen shot. I cropped it (cut off part at the bottom) and darkened it a bit in Camera+. I assume you can copy and paste from notes to the messages app and it will show the character count. The count is hard to see. It's very faint. I hate when Apple does that iOS 7 weak text you can barely see. But it's above the "Send" button. You have to look real hard. Make sure Messages is set like I showed in the photo above.
 
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It was a screen shot. I cropped it (cut off part at the bottom) and darkened it a bit in Camera+. I assume you can copy and paste from notes to the messages app and it will show the character count. The count is hard to see. It's very faint. I hate when Apple does that iOS 7 weak text you can barely see. But it's above the "Send" button. You have to look real hard. Make sure Messages is set like I showed in the photo above.
Thx, i can still not see the number...
Ill. Send a SS and you can look.

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@Fantomas318 ツ , do you have a Macintosh computer? Do you use iCloud? Are your Mac and iPhone synced to the same iCloud user ID? If yes, continue reading...

(The difficulty level of this method is approximately "medium.")

On your Mac, create a service to count characters using Automator by following the instructions in this tutorial:

http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20120428125918199

You can then type the note on your iPhone, then open up the note in Notes.app on your Macintosh computer that is logged in to the same iCloud User ID as your iPhone. You will see the note that you just created on your iPhone. Then, highlight the entire note (or just the part you want counted).

Right click, click on Services, then click on count characters.

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Note that the author of this script used the word "sign(s)" instead of "character(s)". I changed it to "character(s)" in the actual script, and you can, too.
 

Rafagon

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Thx, i can still not see the number...
Ill. Send a SS and you can look.

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You cannot see the number because you're trying it on an iMessage. You must try it on an SMS text message with a contact who doesn't use iMessage (or create a fake contact with a random phone number). You can tell it's an SMS text message because you will see a green text bubble instead of a blue one.
 

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@Fantomas318 ツ , do you have a Macintosh computer? Do you use iCloud? Are your Mac and iPhone synced to the same iCloud user ID? If yes, continue reading...

(The difficulty level of this method is approximately "medium.")

On your Mac, create a service to count characters using Automator by following the instructions in this tutorial:

http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20120428125918199

You can then type the note on your iPhone, then open up the note in Notes.app on your Macintosh computer that is logged in to the same iCloud User ID as your iPhone. You will see the note that you just created on your iPhone. Then, highlight the entire note (or just the part you want counted).

Right click, click on Services, then click on count characters.

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Note that the author of this script used the word "sign(s)" instead of "character(s)". I changed it to "character(s)" in the actual script, and you can, too.
This just muddies the water! :D
 
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You cannot see the number because you're trying it on an iMessage. You must try it on an SMS text message with a contact who doesn't use iMessage (or create a fake contact with a random phone number). You can tell it's an SMS text message because you will see a green text bubble instead of a blue one.
You have iMessage on. It only shows in SMS messages. It should be green not blue. Go to settings and turn iMessage off and turn MMS off. All that should be toggled on is "Character Count".
Thx for the help guys!
Sry for being an Apple n00b!