Apple's iMessage is one of the most popular messaging platforms around, and it's a great way for Apple to lock people into their ecosystem. As much as iMessage is, there may still be times you need to disable or complete disabling it.
Some of these times may be good old-fashioned troubleshooting (or maybe you really made the jump to Android) Regardless of your reasons, you do not just need to turn off iMessage on your iPhone or iPad but maybe tell Apple to delete your number from iMessage on the server side.
Sounds scary right? Do not worry, we are here to help.
How to disable iMessage on your iPhone or iPad
Disabling iMessage on your iPhone or iPad is often the first step to take if you are having trouble sending or receiving messages. A simple shutdown and then again can often trigger iMessage, and while we may not like to admit it, the old proposal works to turn something and then back again works more often than not.
To disable iMessage, enter the Settings app and press "Messages."
Exit the process to turn off iMessage by pressing the power button. If you need to turn it on again, here you are where you would do it too.
To disable iMessage
If you switch from iPhone and want to complete iMessage completely, it's the way to disable your phone number and remove it from the iMessage service centrally. To accomplish this, visit selfsolve.apple.com/deregister-imessage and enter your phone number after selecting your country. Touch "Send Code" to initiate the process.
Apple will send you a confirmation code by SMS and when it arrives, connect it to the Confirmation Code box before touching "Send."
] When all of these steps are completed, your phone number will no longer be associated with iMessage. SMS will not be affected and will continue to work as usual.