How to Disable iMessage on Your iPhone

  Matt Cone       December 7, 2021      Tutorials iPhone


iMessage is Apple’s end-to-end encrypted instant messaging service that you can use to send text messages, photos, and more to other people who own Apple devices. If you don’t want to use iMessage on your iPhone, you can disable it.

iMessage on iPhone

Disabling iMessage will prevent you from sending and receiving iMessages on your iPhone. But if your iPhone has an active cellular service plan, you’ll still be able to send and receive SMS text messages if your plan supports it.

Here’s how to disable iMessage on your iPhone:

  1. From the iPhone’s home screen, tap Settings.

  2. Tap Messages, as shown below.

    Disable iMessage on an iPhone

  3. Turn off the iMessage switch, as shown below.

    Disable iMessage on an iPhone

iMessage has been disabled on your iPhone. If you ever want to enable iMessage again in the future, just turn on the iMessage switch again.

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