IT IS one of the largest messaging apps in the world, with 1.3 billion active users globally.
But while Apple’s iMessage is loved by iPhone users everywhere, there’s a reason you’d want to turn it off.
For example, if you’re switching from iOS to Android, disabling instant messaging can save your important messages.
That’s because a common side effect of jumping from one device to another is that your new device can’t receive text messages.
Here’s how to turn off iMessage, which is loaded into Apple’s Messages app.
How to turn off iMessage on your iPhone
You can turn off iMessage with just a few taps. Before you begin, make sure that your iPhone has a SIM card in it.
Go to the Settings app, scroll down and tap Messages.
In iMessage, tap the slider so it turns from green to gray. You have now turned off iMessage.
You can still receive SMS messages from your Android device, but you won’t receive iMessages sent by iPhone users.
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How to turn off iMessage online
If you no longer have your iPhone, you can unsubscribe from iMessage at Apple.com.
This is great if you switch to a non-Apple phone and don’t receive SMS/MMS messages.
You will need to enter your phone number. Apple will then send you a confirmation code, which you need to enter on the website.
“Once you complete your unsubscribe, your phone number will be removed from iMessage services,” Apple says on its website.
“You’ll be able to receive text messages immediately, but it can take several hours for some Apple devices to realize that you’re not using iMessage when they send you a message.”
When should you turn it off?
You shouldn’t turn off iMessage unless something goes wrong.
For example, if your iPhone isn’t receiving messages, you might want to turn iMessage off and back on again to fix the problem.
If you are switching from an iPhone to an Android device, you may have noticed that text messages are not being sent to your new mobile phone.
This could be because your partner’s iPhone is still trying to send you text messages as iMessages, instead of SMS messages.
Deactivating iMessage – i.e. using an iPhone or PC – is one way to ensure that all messages are delivered to your Android device in SMS format.
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