Apple introduces tool for deregistering iMessage, even if you no longer have an iPhone.

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Apple has added a page to its website for deregistering and turning off iMessage for users that have switched from an iPhone to an Android device or other non-Apple smartphone. The new web-based tool arrives after Apple faced a lawsuit over Android users having undelivered text messages from other iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users still using iMessage.

For those that have switched to another smartphone and no longer own an iPhone, the website provides a field where you can enter your phone number, receive a confirmation code and enter that code to confirm your iMessage deregistration. Apple also reiterates instructions on how to deregister and turn off iMessage if you still have an iPhone.

The step-by-step instructions for those that still have an iPhone are as follows: transfer your SIM card to your iPhone, open Settings, tap on Messages and turn off iMessage using the toggle switch. If you are still dealing with undelivered text messages after following those steps, Apple has also added a support page for deregistering iMessage.

Personal iMessages going to a shared iPad? Heres how to fix it!

How to stop your personal iMessages from going to a shared iPad

Shared iPads are commonplace in many households. While the kids use it to play games, the adults may use it to store recipes, check sports scores, and more. Depending on whose Apple ID was used to set up the iPad initially, you may find that someone’s iMessages are showing up on the shared iPad, which may not be desirable for many. Depending on your particular situation, there are a few ways to solve this problem. So you can choose what’s best for you and your family, we’ll walk you through each one!

Option 1: Deactivate iMessage on the iPad

The easiest solution to stopping private iMessages from showing up on a shared iPad is to completely deactivate iMessage. This means messages will stop altogether and none of the addresses you use for iMessage will be able to be used. The down side to this is that you won’t be able to send messages at all from the shared iPad. If that’s okay with you, complete the steps below and you’re done. If you’d rather be able to send messages, just not intertwine them with someone else’s personal account, continue on for more options.

  1. Launch the Settings app on the shared iPad.
  2. Tap on Messages.
  3. Turn Off iMessage.

Option 2: Exclude your phone number from iMessage

If you want to be able to send and receive iMessages on the iPad, you can always choose to exclude messages that are specifically sent to someone’s phone number, presumably their iPhone. You’ll need to complete two steps in order to do this, and also consider that if someone sends that person an iMessage to their email, it will show up on the shared iPad too. This is something you can’t currently stop from happening. But you can help prevent it with the following steps:

  1. Launch the Settings app on the shared iPad.
  2. Tap on Messages.
  3. Tap on Send & Receive.
  4. Uncheck the person’s phone number under the first section.
  5. Now be sure that under the Start New Conversations From section, one of the email addresses listed are selected, not the phone number associated with that Apple ID.
  6. Launch the Settings app on that particular person’s iPhone now.
  7. Tap on Messages.
  8. Tap on Send & Receive.
  9. Make sure only the phone number is selected in both sections.

While the above method isn’t completely foolproof, it should result in you only creating and receiving iMessages associated with your actual phone number. It should work for most folks but for those who want an even more foolproof method, check out option 3.

Option 3: Add an email alias for iMessage use

If you want to be sure that the shared iPad only receives messages that are specifically intended for it, you can always add an email alias to your existing Apple ID that you’ll only use specifically for the shared iPad. This is a good option if you want to be able to send messages inside your family and don’t mind using someone’s existing ID to make that possible without too much effort.

In order to add another email to your Apple ID, you can follow our guide on adding additional email addresses.

Just like other methods, if someone outside your family knows that particular email, it won’t keep them from sending messages to it. If you want a completely foolproof way to be able to send messages on the shared iPad without invading anyone’sprivacy, continue on to option 4.

4. Create a new Apple ID

The only way to be sure that no one’s privacy is invaded on a shared iPad is to create an Apple ID just for that iPad that everyone has access to. Only share that Apple ID with the people that you want to be able to send messages with from the shared iPad. It’s also a good idea to make sure that they know it’s on a shared device.

There are also other benefits of creating an Apple ID for use on a shared device. One of the biggest ones is that if you use iCloud to back up your shared iPad, you won’t be eating into anyone’s storage plan and the iPad will get its own. For some folks, that may be reason enough to create a new Apple ID.

Apple: No, we can’t read your iMessages.

The QuarksLab research explains how since Apple controls the encryption keys for iMessage, it could theoretically perform a “man-in-the-middle attack” and read or alter the communications between two people, either for nefarious purposes or for the government.

Apple spokesperson Trudy Miller sent a statement to AllThingsD about the research, saying “iMessage is not architected to allow Apple to read messages. The research discussed theoretical vulnerabilities that would require Apple to re-engineer the iMessage system to exploit it, and Apple has no plans or intentions to do so.”

AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski sums up his story about Apple’s declaration with a good comment about the state of surveillance these days, saying “perhaps in today’s world iMessage’s encryption is only as good as your trust in Apple.” With other companies being asked by the NSA to enable methods of intercepting messages, one security researcher told AllThingsD that “it would be naive to think that Apple wasn’t at least approached by the government at some point.”

iMessage failures after installing iOS 7? You’re not the only one.


Over on Apple’s support communities webpage, there’s a growing thread of iOS 7 users complaining of not being able to use iMessage. It’s not the first time I’ve heard of the issue though. My own mother-in-law started having trouble with iMessage since upgrading, TechCrunch’s MG Siegler (@parislemon) also complained on twitter about a similar issue yesterday. Simply put: It seems to be affecting a few people. And it’s not showing as a general iCloud/Apple system error on the status page.

If iCloud and iMessage services were down, it would almost be better. iMessages failing to send would just send as SMS messages. With this issue in iOS 7, they’re not sending at all. On Apple’s support pages, the issue first showed up when iOS 7 was initially available. However, it’s become a more frequently reported problem since iOS 7.0.2 landed last week.

So what’s the fix? Signing in and out of iMessage doesn’t work for most, and that would be the usual problem solver in this situation. Turns out, there is a way to make it work that requires more than just switching iMessage off. First, go to Settings>Messages and switch iMessage off. Then reset your iPhone’s network settings by going to Settings>General>Reset>Reset Network Settings. Once you’ve done that, switch iMessage back on again.

That method should work, and has been successful with most users who’ve tried it. If it doesn’t, you could also try rebooting your device by pressing and holding the home and power buttons simultaneously until your iPhone resets. But that method has seen mixed results.

Having trouble with iMessage or FaceTime on iOS 7? Here’s how to fix it!

Having trouble with iMessage or FaceTime on iOS 7? Here's how to fix it!

iMessage and FaceTime are wonderful, empowering, enabling technologies that… can frustrate the crap out of you at times. One of those times is when you update or restore your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to a new operating system – like millions of people just did with iOS 7 – and it stops working. If you’re having trouble with iMessage or FaceTime, if they won’t activate or simply won’t work, here are some things you can try:

  1. Turn FaceTime or iMessage off and then back on in Settings.
    1. Launch Settings by tapping the icon on the Home screen
    2. Scroll down to Messages or FaceTime
    3. Toggle the switch from on (green) to off (white)
    4. Wait a minute
    5. Toggle the switch back to on (green)
    6. Wait for it to re-activate
  2. Hard reboot your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
    1. Make sure you’re on Wi-Fi
    2. Hold down both the Home button on the front, and the Sleep/Wake button on the top of your device
    3. Wait for the Apple logo to appear
    4. If it still doesn’t work, repeat step 1 (turning FaceTime or iMessage off and on)

One of those, or a combination of both, should get you going again.

Source: iMore.

Apple Now Allows You To Report iMessage Spam.


Do you get frustrating iMessage spam from people you’ve never met, or companies you’ve never heard of? You’re not the only one. Until now, you could either make friends with them and save yourself from loneliness on those cold winter nights, or you could ignore them and hope that they don’t text again.

But now you can report them to Apple, too.

Apple has published a new support document on its website, which was first spotted by MacStories, that explains the procedure for reporting iMessage spam. These are the steps you should take:

To report unwanted iMessage messages to Apple, please send an email with the following details to:

  1. Include a screenshot of the message you have received.
  2. Include the full email address or phone number you received the unwanted message from.
  3. Include the date and time that you received the message.

Apple then goes on to explain how to take screenshots on a Mac or iOS device, and how you can distinguish iMessages from traditional SMS and MMS messages.

Fortunately, I’ve never received iMessage spam, and I don’t know anyone who has. But clearly it’s an issue big enough to warrant an Apple support document. It’s unclear what Apple does with your report, but I’m assuming it has the facility to block frequent spammers from sending iMessages.


Source: Cult of Mac.

Is your iMessage hiding the last word of your texts?


Have you seen this bug before? Anyone? According to the vast amount of complaints on Twitter, and some checking done by The Verge, if you type something such as “I could be the next Obama” or “The best prize is a surprise” in iMessage, the last word of that message will disappear. After some digging by The Verge, a support forum thread from December was found that indicated that this issue has been going on for a while. Apparently the issue only works on iPhone and Mac though, the iPad seems unaffected. I personally couldn’t reproduce this, but this may be a result of the extensive modifications I’ve done to my phone through jailbreaking. iMessage just isn’t doing too well recently, is it.

Source: TodaysiPhone.