How to Deregister Number from iMessage

You need to deactivate or deregister iMessage completely for your phone number if you no longer receive SMS or text messages from someone who is using an iPhone or iPad. Follow this hands-on guide to start taking messages from iOS devices!

For some personal reasons, you switched to a non-Apple smartphone only to find that you no longer receive SMS or text messages from someone who uses an iPhone. Before you could start thinking about what went wrong, let me tell you that you must deregister iMessage for your phone number to allow iOS devices to recognize that you aren’t using iMessage anymore.

Apple lets you deactivate iMessage for any phone number with ease. There are two ways you can get it done. While one way is to do it right from the iOS device, the other way is to use the web. More after the break.

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Apple has also put up a special “Deregister iMessage” page where you can enter the phone number in question and confirm through a verification code. If you don’t have the iPhone with you, head over to the website.

How to Deregister iMessage Using Web

Step #1. Go to on your computer or mobile device.

Step #2. Now, you have to enter the phone number you wish to deregister from iMessage.

Step #3. Apple will now send you a confirmation code on your phone number.

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How to Deactivate iMessage for iPhone Number

You need to enter the 6-digit code to confirm the deregistration.

Once you have completed the deregistration, your phone number will be removed from iMessage services.

Though you should be able to receive text messages, some Apple devices might take some hours to recognize that you no longer use iMessage.

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How to Disable iMessage on your iPhone or iPad

If the iPhone is still with you, it will hardly take a couple of steps to deactivate your number.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device.

Step #2. Now, tap on Messages.

Tap on Settings then Messages on iPhone

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Step #3. Next, turn off the switch next to iMessage.

Deactivate iMessage on iPhone

Note: Make sure to turn off the switch for FaceTime as well. Settings → FaceTime → Turn it off.

Tap on Settings then FaceTime on iPhoneTurn Off FaceTime on iPhone

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That’s pretty much it!

Over to you

Hopefully, you will start receiving SMS or messages from iPhone on your Android or other non-Apple phones. Share your valuable feedback in the comments.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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