iMessage is a simple iOS app. It lets you send messages from your iPhone or iPad to your
friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances, who also have either iPhones or iPads.
Unlike an SMS or an MMS that uses carrier fees, iMessage uses a data pack or an active
Wi-Fi connection to send/receive messages. For an iPhone user, iMessage is everything
what Facetime isn’t. It lets you send your location, offers a whole bucket of fun stickers,
enables the typing notification, has a media gallery and receives messages even when
you’re offline. Easy to conclude, it’s hugely efficient and popular.
However, you might have a change of mind and decide to ditch iOS for Android. At such a
juncture, you wish to turn off your iMessage, so that Apple knows you aren’t active on
iMessage any longer. And, you don’t receive any messages from those who are still trying to
communicate on iMessage.
Through this post, we’re trying to throw light on the process of disabling/deactivating
iMessage on your iPhone or iPad.
Steps to Deactivate iMessage If You’re Making a Switch to Android or Blackberry
Yes, before buying a new smartphone, you need to go through these steps to disable your
iMessage. Read on.
● Go to Settings tab on your device, select Messages, and switch off the slider you see
mentioned straight in the line where iMessages is seen.
● Now, return to Settings, select Facetime and disable that as well using the slider.
● Once you’re through, just send some messages to the people you know, and see
whether they can send you messages back or not. Make sure, you see green
signals, which is a sign that the message has been delivered and read.
● By doing so, you’ve stopped iMessages from reacting to Apple’s servers.
● If you’ve made a switch to your new smartphone, check if you’re still able to send to
and receive messages from those using an iPhone. If not, go back and check the
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Steps to Deactivate iMessages – The Manual Process
This is useful when you’ve already started using another device, but forgotten to deactivate
iMessages. This is an online way to turn off iMessages.
● Go to this link and head towards the second section – No longer have your iPhone?
● Now, enter your phone number, through which you were using iMessage, and tap on
Send Code (6-digit code).
● You’ll be receiving the code on your current phone. Check it and enter the same.
● A confirmation message telling you that iMessage has been deactivated will be
This is it. Remember, deactivating iMessage is not about deleting the account. But, removing
your account from Apple’s servers. You can also contact Apple’s help centre for any help.
How long does it take to deregister iMessage?
– You should be receiving the text messages immediately. However, Apple might take
a few hours to determine that you aren’t using iMessages any longer.
How can you turn off iMessage for only a contact?
– Go to iMessages, go to New Message, and select the contact in the ‘To’ section.
Now, type ‘?’ and click Send. You’ll see a new bubble – hold it and select ‘Send as
Text Message’. You will be required to do this quite a few times until your phone itself
select the text message mode to send to/receive messages from that particular
contact via iMessage.
If I turn off iMessages, will I still receive messages?
– Even if you delete iMessages, you will continue receiving text messages as a part of
the whole communication chain.
How to turn off iMessages on iPad?
– The process is same as that of deactivating iMessage on iPhone. You can see the