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Question: iMessage issue after Switching to android

Ok so i like to switch between my iphone and android phones throughout the week. This is my first iphone so i'm not sure how to correctly go about this iMessage issue when switching. Let me tell you what I am doing. Before I switch sims, I turn off iMessage/Factime. I wait a bit, send a message to make sure the bubbles are green (they are). Then I swap the sim over to my android phone. I will receive texts from people with iPhones....but group messages are a hit or miss. Some group messages, i'll get a text from an iPhone user....others I wont. So then i've tried to go onto my devices page, and remove my iPhone. No luck. i'm tried the deregister page, but NEVER get the text that says "sent". Ever. On either phone, with iMessage on or off. I've tried changing my iTunes password, logging out of everything on my iPhone. Nothing. I know i'm a rare breed who likes both OS's, but I like to switch phones....and I hate feeling like apple has my number hostage in the iMessage system. I love it....but hate this part of it. I just want to seamlessly switch with no issue. I tried contacting apple, who told me it could be a SIM issue. AT&T told me what everyone else says, that Apple has this issue and has pending lawsuits going on with no workaround in site. But I see other people getting this to work. So.....


What am I doing wrong????

iPhone 8 Plus, iOS 11.1

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Nov 16, 2017 7:24 AM in response to sternfan247 In response to sternfan247

group messages are a hit or miss. Some group messages, i'll get a text from an iPhone user....others I wont.

If it's a conversation you were included in BEFORE you turned off iMessage, then the problem is that the 'group' is still trying to send an iMessage and is not reverting to MMS, which is how group messages to non iMessage users are sent. That or the particular sender has the option to 'send as sms' turned off and when the iMessage fails to deliver to you, their phone is not automatically reverting to a standard sms/mms message.

The only solution for that is to have all members of the group terminate the conversation and start a NEW conversation thread.

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Nov 16, 2017 7:24 AM in response to sternfan247 In response to sternfan247

group messages are a hit or miss. Some group messages, i'll get a text from an iPhone user....others I wont.

If it's a conversation you were included in BEFORE you turned off iMessage, then the problem is that the 'group' is still trying to send an iMessage and is not reverting to MMS, which is how group messages to non iMessage users are sent. That or the particular sender has the option to 'send as sms' turned off and when the iMessage fails to deliver to you, their phone is not automatically reverting to a standard sms/mms message.

The only solution for that is to have all members of the group terminate the conversation and start a NEW conversation thread.

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Nov 16, 2017 7:29 AM in response to anonyme4321 In response to anonyme4321

I sure am =) I had my wife try her number just to see if she got a text, and she does. I do not though. I have tried this page a gabillion times. I never receive a text. apple said its because its sending to my iPhones iMessage, but i've actually tried to turn it back on....and have the code sent to my iPhone. But it never comes through.

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