Adding another iMessage account?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by seclusion, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. seclusion macrumors regular


    Jul 15, 2007
    Good morning

    My daughter just got an iPod 5 gen touch for her birthday.
    I'd like to add an iMessage account for her to get message's to her.
    When I add another email address, all I get is.

    iMessage Activation
    Error Description not available
    Could this be from the developers account issue?
    Any suggestions?
  2. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    Is this an email that is an Apple ID email. I believe you can't actually add one. The one that is used for this device is added.

    I had this error a while ago and I thnk I found the above fact but it was awhile ago so..
  3. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816


    Nov 8, 2010
    South Carolina
    I don't have enough info from your post to completely understand your issue, but here's a shot in the dark.

    You need to register for a new AppleID (@me OR @iCloud) for her. I did this for all 4 members of my family (including 2 daughters). If memory serves me correctly, I had to use my birthday for the kids because you have to be 18 to have an Apple ID. When setting up the iPod for the first time, you should be able to go through the set up process and register for a new Apple ID (do not use an existing AppleID). This is where you will get your daughters new @me Apple ID for the first time.

    This @me does not need to be tied to a Credit Card (in other words, it doesn't have to be the purchasing account tied to her iPod for apps, music, etc).

    After you successfully get the iPod set up with the free @me AppleID, you can go into settings and attach your AppleID for purchased content if you want (i.e., music, apps, etc.).

    In my household (myself, wife, and 2 daughters), we all share a single Apple ID for purchases (Settings>iTunes and app store). This is actually a gmail account. But we all use it. So if I purchase an app, everyone in my family can download it if they choose to.

    For everything else, we all use separate @me Apple IDs (FaceTime, iMessage, Cloud--->contacts, email, calendars, photo stream, etc.). This is what you are trying to get for your daughter.

    This is a long answer. If you already knew apologies.
  4. seclusion thread starter macrumors regular


    Jul 15, 2007
    I had done this with my wife and did a brain gap.
    All done now, yes you are correct over 18.
    Created a new Apple ID and she's up and running.

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