November 21, 2012, 4:21 PM — Here's how you can see the character count for text messages in iOS on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad mini.
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Tap the Character Count switch.
3. When you start typing a text message, you'll see the character account appear over the Send button.
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