If you turn off iMessage, will you still receive messages?

iMessage has been developed specifically for iPhones, and it allows users to send messages via SMS and email.

Messages may be shared with a user’s friends or colleagues through these services, but some users wonder whether they can disable iMessage on iPhones? and still send and receive messages.

We’re going to take a quick look at what happens if you turn off iMessage on your iPhone, and whether other iPhone users can still get in touch with you.

If I turn off iMessage will I still receive messages?

The answer is that if you turn off iMessage, you’ll no longer receive messages via iMessage.

However, you will still be able to both send and receive messages within your Messages app. But, they’ll be sent via SMS text messages instead of via iMessage.

This means that you’ll need signal on your phone to do this. iMessage works using your mobile data or Wi-Fi connection, which works a little differently to your mobile plan.

It is worth noting though that you need to disable iMessage on all of your devices if you want to turn this feature off completely.

If you have a Macbook, iPad and iPhone, turning iMessage off on your iPhone will not stop your iPad and Macbook from receiving iMessages.

You will still receive iMessages, you just won’t see them until you use your other Apple devices. So, this is worth keeping in mind if you do plan to turn iMessages off on your iPhone.

Will I still receive iMessages when I re-enable iMessage?

Some iPhone users wonder whether they will receive all of their stacked up iMessages when they re-enable iMessage on their iPhone.

The answer is that actually, if there are no devices you own that have iMessage enabled, the other person will not even be able to send you the message using iMessage.

This means that it’s likely they will send the message to you via SMS text message instead of iMessage, so you’ll probably still receive the message.

Should you turn iMessage off?

While iMessage is a popular messaging tool for iPhones all over the world, there’s an interesting reason to stop using that feature.

If you plan to switch from iOS to Android – turning off instant messaging services may protect your text messages, and mean that they’re available when you make the switch.

That means your Android smartphone doesn’t have iMessage, and you won’t be able to access those iMessages on Android. So, this is one reason some users decide to turn iMessages off on iPhone.


If you shut down your iMessage, you’ll find that your iPhone can no longer send or receive iMessages. This may also mean that your voice messages stop working.

However, you can still send and receive SMS messages on your iPhone, providing that you have signal to receive the message and texts in your mobile plan.

If you disable iMessage from your device any SMS message will be sent to your device in the form of a normal message that can be received without charge for the plan’s use.

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Edward brings years of experience in a variety of different fields including online marketing & No-code app development, and he's been investing in stocks and cryptocurrency since 2016. Outside of work you'll usually find him watching movies at the local cinema or playing games in the Apple Arcade.

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