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nikoGG Level 1 (0 points)

Hi community,


sadly enough my iPhone got stolen, but when my friends message me their phones keep trying to send me iMessages. Obviously my friends have checked that their phones won't send normal SMS when I'm not available on iMessage, so I end up receiving nothing until they manually say "Send via SMS".


For I won't have an iPhone within the next months I want iMessage to be turned off, so I will get normal SMS from my lucky iPhone friends.


Anyone got an idea?

Is it possible to "unlink" iMessage from my phonenumber / mailadress?


Thanks for your help.




iPhone 3GS, iOS 5.1
  • wjosten Level 10 (94,210 points)

    There are only three ways I know of to stop this: 1. Put your sim card(which I know you don't have) into another iPhone & turn iMessage off; 2. If you registered this phone on Apple'a support site, under your profile, you can login & remove the phone; 3. Have your friends turn iMessage off when messaging you.

  • randers4 Level 9 (62,715 points)

    If you registered your phone with Apple, try unregistering it:

    1. Go to:
    2. Log in if not already logged in.
    3. Click on ">" to the right of the phone listing
    4. Click "unregister"
  • nikoGG Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your quick answeres!


    I guess you are right that unlinking it from my account will be the only way. I haven't done that yet cause you know it's that last "step" to really accept I won't get it back. Until now, having it registered with my Apple Account, I  thought "it's still mine, whenever it turns up again I can prove that it's my phone".


    Will try to unlink it after noting all the details and making screenshots


    Thanks again!


  • randers4 Level 9 (62,715 points)

    You're welcome.  Taking screenshots is a good idea.  Your backup will also establish that you had synced this phone with your computer (if you go to iTunes>Preferences>Devices and hover your mouse over the backup it shows the IMEI number, serial number and phone number).  Your IMEI number is also on the box if you still have it.

  • fromsouth Level 5 (4,430 points)

    Randers, hate to disappoint you, but I have done that trying to help someone while ago. As soon as the iPhone turns on it still has phone number associated with imessage.

  • randers4 Level 9 (62,715 points)

    If the phone was stolen and subsequently restored, resold and now has a new SIM installed I would assume it would that would not be the case. Might not work but it's the only thing the owner can do.

  • fromsouth Level 5 (4,430 points)

    If the phone was subsequently restored, owner didn't have anything to worry about to begin with, did he randers?


  • fromsouth Level 5 (4,430 points)

    Wipe your phone, dear sir that is the only thing that you can do that will achieve what you want.

  • nikoGG Level 1 (0 points)

    If you mean deleting it from my apple account this would be the same as randers said. If you mean delete or reset the phone itself, well this is not under my control anymore.


    I will go with the deleting from apple account and let my friends check if it worked.

  • fromsouth Level 5 (4,430 points)

    Go to, login and use remote wipe. That is the only way not to get imessages to that phone. Despite the fact that phone number is registered at imessage server, the real association is your apple id (email). As soon as your phone is wiped - association stops. You do not have to believe me, but I had a chance to check, removing from registration didn't work.

  • nikoGG Level 1 (0 points)

    Unfortunately I can't do that, because the phone got disconnected from the internet (removed SIM card) directly after it got stolen. Therefore the remote wipe doesn't work (I already checked that). Anyway I guess that the thief will wipe it soon or already did.

  • cHePeLoNi Level 1 (0 points)

    ask your friends to delete your contact info from their phones and re-add it.


    that worked for me.

  • rdonnan3 Level 1 (0 points)

    It didn't work for me. My friend's phone still automatically sent the message as iMessage. There has to be a simpler way than having 100+ friends delete you from their contacts.

  • fromsouth Level 5 (4,430 points)

    A few things changed with ios 6 since original post. All you need to do now if you are in the same boat as OP is -change your imessage password.

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