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iMessage goes to ALL family members..WHY?!

1045 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 3, 2012 5:30 PM by Winston Churchill RSS
Megs1977 Calculating status...
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Dec 3, 2012 3:40 PM

All of a sudden ALL of my iMessages show up on all devices.  I want my kids iPhones backed up but don't want them to get all my text messages.  Even the iPad is getting ALL messages.  Seems like the only fix is turning off iMessage?! Gee, that's brilliant!

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,650 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 4:04 PM (in response to Megs1977)

    Welcome to the Apple Community.


    This happens because you are all using the same account, you should each have your own.

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (52,985 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 5:16 PM (in response to Megs1977)

    This isn't an iCloud issue.  The issue is that you are using the same ID for iMessage.  To fix this go to Settings>Messages>Send & Receive on all your devices and do one of the following:

    1. Either uncheck the email address shown under "You can be reached by iMessage at" on all of your devices; or
    2. If you want to continue to receive iMessages at this email address on one of your devices, on all of the other ones tap the Apple ID at the top, sign out, then sign back in using a different Apple ID (so all devices will be using a different Apple ID for iMessage).  Note: you can continue to share an Apple ID for purchasing from the iTunes and App stores.  It does not need to be the same as the ID you are using for iMessage, FaceTime and other services.
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,650 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 5:30 PM (in response to Megs1977)

    Find friends is the app that is intended to let you know the whereabouts of chosen people, rather than find my phone. The way you are using Find my phone now, it's possible for others using the same account to wipe your device.


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