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  • mikey7341 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just wanted to bring something else up only because i am new to the support column on this website and do not know how to ask questions but to change the topic (soo sorry by the way) but i wanted to know if you can send imessages from an ipod touch to only other apple products. Summary: Can you send imessages from your ipod to un-apple products. Thank you sooo much ive been surfing the web all nite for this.

  • jlkmustang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Mikey,

    iMessage only works across devices using iOS5, so you cannot sent messages to non-apple products.

  • Knishooz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Steve's mantra was "It just works". Well, iMessage syncing doesn't just work. I hope this does not foretell the future of Apple sans Steve. In any event, I have multiple IOS devices and the process you describe works fine within a controlled environment such as "my wife's phone or my kids' iPods". Try explaining this to a friend or acquaintance over the phone; not only does it place me in the role of tech-support, but there is such a thing as TMI....too much information. I do not want to provide my Apple ID to anyone. Period. And yes, dealing with multiple merged threads is a bizarre disconnected experience. Thank you for this tip, but until iMessage just works across all IOS devices seamlessly and securely I would not recommend this process because you are required to publish your Apple ID to those that may not have very secure platforms.

  • rmw60 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Thank you for this tip, but until iMessage just works across all IOS devices seamlessly and securely I would not recommend this process because you are required to publish your Apple ID to those that may not have very secure platforms.

    Well it worked seamlessly for me. I installed iMessage on my Macbook Pro and sent my daughter a message using her email address. She has both a Mac and an iPhone but received it on her Mac and was as surprised as I was how easily it worked. She'd never used iChat herself and neither of us had to give any Apple id's, we just sent the messages and that was it, iChat/iMessage was automatically used. I've since used my iPhone for it and, again, no Apple ID was necessary. It just works!! ;-)

  • nolanpaulstanley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks for this information. The problem is on my end, is that my wife gets all my texts on her iPhone. Texts between me and others. Why is that? We are both signed in under the same .me account. Does she/ I need to get a separate .me email to make sure all my texts are not ending up on her phone?

     

    Also, I uninstalled iMessage and the problem continues. Hmmm

  • nolanpaulstanley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i uninstalled the program and I still get the problem! My texts are broadcast on all our devices.

  • Drumtodream Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi. The option you specified for choosing caller id doesn't not appear on the iPad, only my iPhone. I have both setup itch the same apple account for iMessage but they still do not synch. Do you know how to fix?

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,255 points)

    nolanpaulstanley wrote:

     

    thanks for this information. The problem is on my end, is that my wife gets all my texts on her iPhone. Texts between me and others. Why is that? We are both signed in under the same .me account.

    iMessage sends to the email you are using. You are sending emails to yourself & since yoru widfe is using th esame email, she gets the same messages.

    Yes, she needs to register her own email address/AppleID in iMessage.

  • Jerry Fornal Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    This is a great post - but this entire process is entirely confusing.

     

    I have a single Apple ID that I use to update my iPhone, my wife's iPhone - and now, a new iPad.

     

    Before I sent a single message through the iPad, everything was working fine.

     

    I sent one message to my wife last night - and she received it on her phone, as having come from HER (her name isn't even on the Apple ID account - it's only my information).  Today, every single message I sent to her looked as if it were coming from her.  When she sent me a message, I received absolutely no notification - BUT - her messages did show up on my phone.  But in the conversation view, it appears as though I was the one sending the messages.  It's confusing - but for example, she sent "I'm not getting messages from you" - and in MY conversation view, it looked like I sent that message to her.

     

    I suppose I'll set up a separate Apple ID for her - but what will that mean for any apps that I purchased and installed on her phone?

  • nolanpaulstanley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The only solution that worked for me is to link your messages to a separate email account.

     

    In settings, go to messages and receive at 2 addresses (your phone number 1-555-1212 etc, and your separate personal email account. Gmail works for me). So you will still get texts on phone that will only be linked to your phone number and your email. I suppose you can set up a separate, personal .me accounts but I didn't do that. You have to make sure your separate email (in my case, my gmail account) is varified through .me. I can't remember how to do that, but I think it's 'adding' accounts to your .me account or something, done through the .me site.

     

    It is confusing and I'm hoping someone at apple is looking into this. I understand iMessage is a beta product but it seems weird that all your texts would be broadcast over different devices that someone in your family might have.

  • nolanpaulstanley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    One more thing...you mentioned the concern of setting up a separate .me account (what happens to apps and things like that?). That's EXACTLY why I didn't set up a separate account. We have 2 iPhones, computers and apple tv. I thought it would get very confusing with separate IDs. So, try a separate email and see if that works for you. :)

  • Jerry Fornal Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Awesome - thanks so much!  That did the trick.

     

    Phew - I was getting SO frustrated this afternoon not knowing what the heck was going on.  The interesting thing is that everything worked just fine before I introduced the third iDevice into the mix (the iPad).  Linking my wife to her own email account seems to have taken care of everything.

     

    Such a simple thing - you'd figure there would be a better support page from Apple explaining this...

     

    Out of the box - iMessages doesn't seem to "just work" - it definitely takes a little know-how to set up correctly...

  • nolanpaulstanley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You're welcome, glad I could help!

     

    As far as the "just work" policy. It's partially true in that we "just work" for Apple (without pay) providing support to our fellow Apple users

     

    Mostly happy with my gadgets though.

  • arunbhatia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi,

     

    This is great info. However, on my Iphone 4s, when I create a new message the phone number does not have the blue balloon next to it. Only the email address of the contact has the blue balloon next to it and the message does not switch automatically from text to imessage or vice versa.

     

    Any thoughts on this?

  • JohnLMills Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I think I've got this figured out. The key is the fact that the iPad is not a phone and does not recognize your phone number. The iPad works on your Apple ID, and the caller ID on your phone has to be changed to the same thing. That's been covered. The biggest problem from then on is when your contacts send you a new message using your phone number. The iPad will not synch it because it has no way of knowing its your ID. I sent all the people on my list I know use iPhones a message and asked them from then on to only reply to THAT message, or to change their address books so they addressed messages to my apple ID and not the phone number. Now works perfectly. But as soon as someone sends me a MSG using the phone number it will break the thread and no longer synch.