How to de-register your phone number from iMessage and FaceTime (detailed iOS 8 tutorial)

How to de-register your phone number from iMessage and FaceTime (detailed iOS 8 tutorial)
iMessage is one of the many things that make the Apple ecosystem so appealing to its users - the ability to send free messages and files to all users that flaunt an Apple-made device is baked into both iOS and Mac OS, making communication with other iUsers a pleasant breeze. Indeed, there's little not to like about the cross-platform messaging service that initially vowed to end the SMS era in 2011. Still, there might come a time when you're no longer willing to make use of iMessage's services. Of course, the reasons for this might be numerous - you either wish to get a phone running on another mobile OS or you are still rocking and Apple smartphone, but wish to disable the handy service due to another issue.

The problems that marred iMessage a few months ago, in November 2014, immediately pop in mind: users who had switched to another platform could not receive the SMS messages they were being sent as they passed through the iMessage service and did not reach their intended destination. This was one of the main reasons why Apple released a handy new feature that allows you to de-register your phone number from the iMessage service and resolve any issues you might have with your transition from one platform to another.

Here's how to do it if you still have your iPhone/iPad around.


But what can one do if they no longer have their iDevice at hand? Fortunately, Apple has an online tool that allows you to easily de-register your phone number from the iMessage service. Here's how.

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15 Comments

1. Sauce5 unregistered

Love iMessage. Wishing they shared their amazing platform cross-OS. By far leagues better than anything else I've used on all my devices. Would love to have this on my Note.

2. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Whut? Whatsapp, BBM, Hangouts.... Hangouts and Whatsapp both use desktop, too, and a lot more stable. Facts, not fanboying, calm down everyone. BTW. Anyone else notice the iPhone 6S 'leak' article has just disappeared????

4. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Dont worry you will be accused as a fanboy

7. Sauce5 unregistered

Yea whatever floats YOUR boat :) But for me, 90% of my friends / co workers are on iMessage AKA stock message. No one wants unnecessary apps going back and forth between SMS and Whatsapp BBM or whatever. Stock integration is the best method. But hey like I said, whatever floats your boat :) For the friends who aren't on iMessage, it's still integrated into stock SMS. Something the competition should look into.

11. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Hangouts already does SMS and web platform, automatically switches, and Facetime equivalent baked in. I know everyone has preferences, just saying that Hangouts is identical to iMessage, but for all platforms, much like Whatsapp, but Whatsapp 'works' better on Android due to the desktop feature. Carry on :)

8. AlikMalix unregistered

You're kidding right? iMessage is absolutely all of all message client. Wish you guys on android could try it (also check out "details" section it adds find my friends, couples all images sent/received, share current/steaming locations with others, and other nifty things). On top of that I don't have to switch between apps - if you don't have iMessage - still shows up on my iMessage when I text with androids - except android texts show up as the ancient green bubbles. Stable? Really? You couldn't find anything to complain about so u chose "stability". iMessage is not unstable!!! And why do people point out alternatives like hangouts, whatsap? as if iOS doesn't have them? iMessage is just better. So is FaceTime vs any video chat apps.

9. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

But, Hangouts also does SMS, and Hangout calls (Facetime), it's direct to iMessage, but goes to iOS and Android and Windows and Mac. That's why I said Hangouts, I wasn't trying to call iOS users out or anything, calm down.

13. Sauce5 unregistered

except, barely anyone uses that sh*t....lol

14. AlikMalix unregistered

But you must have everyone download and install hangouts - most of people around me use iOS - and I dont need to tell them to install anything - I just text or Facetime... Also, if there's a video or .gif sent via SMS or iMessage it plays within the chat bubble. You can share your location, it works with Handsoff/Continuity... I'm not gonna install an app just for couple of Android users - I just use iMessage and they get a typical text... with hangouts everyone must be signed in... I dont have a problem with hangouts or whatever you guys use for as an alternative quick fix. I just have a problem with your statement regarding stability - dont make things up - iMessage never had a stability issue...

15. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Actually Hangouts comes pre-installed

16. AlikMalix unregistered

Well answer me this, if you text someone who doesn't have hangouts will that person receive the text/video/photo? Because if I have iMessage I can text those without it and can receive from people who don't have it. Also another problem - how many other chat clients do you have "preinstalled"? If you do have other text apps (native or otherwise) hangouts is consider bloatware.

17. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Yes, becuase it sends as a normal SMS message from Hangouts too... What are you not getting here? You can install Hangouts. And It's not really bloatware cuz I use all of my messaging apps, plus they can all be uninstalled, if you installed them by mistake. You are very defensive about some messaging client...

3. waddup121 unregistered

nice nice

6. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

hey guys we could just text and mms these days it's practically free :D !

18. tommartin17

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 07, 2015

I like your idea!

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