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How to Disable and Deactivate iMessage on iPhone or iPad

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Apple’s iMessage is one of the most widely used messaging platforms available, and the company sees it as a significant opportunity to further integrate users into its ecosystem. Despite how useful iMessage is, there may be situations in which you need to turn it off entirely or disable it temporarily. It’s possible that some of those issues can be solved with some good, old-fashioned problem solving (or perhaps you really did make the jump to Android) Whatever your reasons may be, you will not only be required to disable iMessage on your iPhone or iPad, but you may also be required to contact Apple and request that they remove your phone number from the iMessage server. Doesn’t that just make your skin crawl? Don’t worry, we’re here to assist you in any way we can.

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How to Disable and Deactivate iMessage on iPhone or iPad

Disable iMessage

If you are having problems sending or receiving messages on your iPhone or iPad, the first step you should often take is to disable the iMessage app on those devices. Even though we may not want to admit it, the age-old suggestion of turning something off and then back on again does work more often than not. A simple toggle off and then back on can often wake up iMessage, and even though we may not want to admit it, the suggestion of turning something off and then back on again does work.

To turn off iMessage, open the Settings app on your device and select the “Messages” option.

How to Disable and Deactivate iMessage on iPhone or iPad

To completely disable iMessage, simply flick the switch located in the upper-right corner of the screen. In the event that you do need to switch it back on, this is the location where you would do so.

How to Disable and Deactivate iMessage on iPhone or iPad

Deactivate iMessage

Deactivating your phone number and removing it from the iMessage service centrally is the best course of action to take in the event that you are moving away from the iPhone and want to be entirely done with using iMessage. Visit selfsolve.apple.com/deregister-imessage in order to accomplish this goal. After selecting your country, you will be prompted to input your telephone number. To begin the process, you must first press the “Send Code” button.

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