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gregdevenney Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 4, 2013 1:54 PM

How do you turn off iMessage

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Oct 6, 2013 1:57 PM (in response to gregdevenney)

    Hi,

     

    On the iOS devices, Settings > Messages

    On the Mac, Messages > Preferences > Accounts > iMessages account  > Use the Sign Out button (removes the Apple ID effectively)

     

     

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    9:57 pm      Sunday; October 6, 2013

     

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  • braysmom1129 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 10, 2013 12:47 PM (in response to Ralph Johns (UK))

    i have already turned my iphone in. i turned off my imessage feature but not until inalready had my droid. i cannot get texts from people with iphones at all. i need to turn this off. please help.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Nov 10, 2013 1:18 PM (in response to braysmom1129)

    Hi,

     

    I am reading this that you swapped your iPhone for an Andriod phone and had turned Messages Off on the iPhone before using the Android one.

     

    I this correct ?

     

    I am not sure why iPhones in general are not sending you SMS Messages as they should in this circumstances.

     

    I am not sure what you want to turn Off either.

     

     

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    9:18 pm      Sunday; November 10, 2013

     

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  • geoffbutler Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 13, 2013 10:09 AM (in response to gregdevenney)

    Ralph maybe you can help me.

     

    A few of my friends have switched to android but my iphone still sends imessage even though i've deleted and remade their contacts it still sends imessage to them regardless.

     

    Any way to change this so that they actually my messages?

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Nov 13, 2013 11:37 AM (in response to geoffbutler)

    HI,

     

    The app should send SMS (if SMS/MMS is enabled) when the iPhone detects that the phone number is not a suitable iPhone.

     

    Of course this does help that the Address Card from them in the iPhone Contacts and the Mac Contacts App have been changed to reflect this.

     

    In the Contacts app on the Mac you can Add and remove fields and their names.

    I must admit to having some list the number in "iPhone" so I know and others as just "Mobile" (normally a hurried rush to add the number).

    You could try adding the new number in a new field so that the app doesn't "think" they have just changed their iPhone number.

     

     

     

     

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    7:37 pm      Wednesday; November 13, 2013

     

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  • applemjh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 19, 2013 1:42 PM (in response to Ralph Johns (UK))

    I'm having same issue - recently retired iPhone and am using a different phone now.  Turned off imessage on IPhone, IPad, and Mac.  Removed devices from my Apple ID.  Family have deleted me from their contacts and re-added.  However their iPhones still try to send me iMessages by default. 

  • bapmobley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 9, 2013 5:27 PM (in response to applemjh)

    i have this problem too but my iphone's screen is black so i have to way to turn off imessage

  • johnmatthewp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 16, 2013 10:05 PM (in response to applemjh)

    What did you do? Switched to an android phone and now iphone users can't text me unless they specifically turn off imessage when texting me. This is not ideal. I've had some people re-enter my number in their iphone as a "mobile" number but no luck. All their messages get sent to god know's where since I have no more Apple products. Help...

  • ashlie1308 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 16, 2013 10:01 PM (in response to gregdevenney)

    i need help! i just exchanged my iphone for a galaxy and cannot get txts from anyojne with an iphone. i didnt know i had to turn off i message before giving them the phone so im not getting txts and i no longer have the iphone! what do i do

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Dec 17, 2013 12:00 PM (in response to johnmatthewp)

    Hi,

     

    Start here

    This is the iTunes "Contact Us" page.

    Start with the link on the right to the "Contact iTunes store Support.

    Then generally follow the Manage items in the menu until you get offered the email link.

     

    then can sort out things about you account that you cannot do via the Apple ID site and Manage your account or the iCloud web login as both Messages and Facetime registration are on separate Servers and are not accessed this way.

     

     

    If you set it up, this mght help.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ph2701

     

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  • BabeGrady Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 30, 2013 6:32 AM (in response to gregdevenney)

    Hi, to solve the issue, follow the instructions in this video: http://support.vodafone.com.au/articles/FAQ/How-to-deactivate-iMessage-if-you-re -switching-from-iPhone

     

    It has to be the first useful thing Vodafone has ever done I guess losing half their customers because of bad service taught them a thing or two (I think Apple is going to get the same treatment soon. Unfortunate for Steve Jobs' legacy but it just doesn't make sense to stay with Apple just to support his legacy when there are better products out there).

     

    I have just switched from an iPhone 4 (I have a macbook pro and iPad too) to a Nexus 5, 32gb ($449 upfront from the Google Play Store, shipped to me in 3 days, orded Christmas Eve) on a Boost Mobile $40 UNLMTD prepaid sim (unlimted calls and texts, 3gb data p/m).

     

    The total cost of the Nexus 5 and prepaid SIM over a standard 24 month contract is $1409. BOOST Mobile runs on the Telstra 3G network and I get 20mb down speeds and 2.8mb upspeeds that are better than my ADSL2+ connection (and I live at a 3000 postcode melbourne CBD address). Only downside to the set up is no 4G LTE but who needs more than 20mb downspeed!? On 3G I can stream 1080p HD YouTube video with a 3 second buffer time. With the speed of my Nexus 5 my 3G is now better than my wifi! (I did a side by side speed test of the iPhone 4s with the Nexus 5, iPhone acheived 2.8mb downspeed and 1.2mb upseed. The nexus on Boost (teslra 3g) is litrally 20x faster!)

     

    To get the exact same deal (unlimted calls and texts +3gb data) through Telstra cost a total, over 24 months — and I quote from the Telstra website — of $3120. Compare this to $1409! Here is the link if you don't beleive me: http://www.telstra.com.au/business-enterprise/business-products/mobiles/lg/googl e-nexus-5/

     

    You also don't get all the bloatware that Samsung, HTC, carriers etc. add to Android if you buy direct from Google.

     

    Clean, powerful and cheap, it is honestly the best phone setup I have ever owned! I've ditched Apple, contracts and the major carriers and honestly, I couldn't be happier, the golden age of consumer freedom in smartphone technology has arrived! Standard phone plans and lock in contracts are not a part of my world anymore and it feels amazing! Android (the pure version from Google that is) is finally mature and IMO has officially overtaken the iPhone and iOS as the best smartphone option out there!

     

    You don't need to be a slave to the carriers and big phone manufactures! Show the market what you're made off! Say no to contracts, no to insane hardware costs and yes to smartphone freedom!

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Dec 30, 2013 1:17 PM (in response to BabeGrady)

    HI,

     

    That link to Vodafone may not be the complete answer.

     

    I have two hand-me-down iPhones

    They are not registered with the  Link to the Apple Profile page

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    On the basis I was working that I did not have access to my iPhones any more this would not actually help.

     

    I would in fact start here http://www.apple.com/uk/support/itunes/contact/

    In the right hand main pane I would use the Contact iTunes Store

    After that follow any "Manage Account" type link.

    You will eventually get offered an email link (on the basis nothing solves your question)

    Use that and explain the issue.

     

    Of course it will help if you have serial numbers of the devices you want to remove.

     

     

     

     

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  • rhebutle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 23, 2014 6:57 AM (in response to Ralph Johns (UK))

    can imessage be turned off once I no longer have my iphone, ie. from itunes account?

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Jan 23, 2014 11:34 AM (in response to rhebutle)

    hi,

     

    If the iPhone is still connected in some way as a "Find My ... " device you maybe able to reset it to factory settings which would do it.

     

    Other than that it's a No.

     

     

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    7:34 pm      Thursday; January 23, 2014

     

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