Can't activate iMessage on iCloud connected iPhone 4S

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  1. Dj64Mk7 macrumors 65816

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    I'm having an issue where I can't get my iPhone 4S to activate with iMessage. My 4S is my secondary iPhone, limited to WiFi only, no cell service. I've activated it on my Sprint-connected iPhone SE, as well as my Mac, but just can't get it to activate on my 4S.
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Can you still send an iMessage?

    I had an iPhone 3GS that I could only use on WiFi at one point. Because I was new to iPhone and at that time I was using an email address for iMessage instead of a phone number, iMessage always showed as "activating" for me and never as activated. But it still worked whenever I tried to send an iMessage out.
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You are trying to activate an email address imessage account and not a phone number that you dont have that phone numbers active sim card inside the 4S correct?
     
  4. Dj64Mk7 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes, just tried this, it works.

    Yes, I am.

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    And I should clarify that I'm trying to activate the Continuity features, Text Message Forwarding, and making phone calls over iCloud. I've gotten SMS forwarding, as well as phone calls, to work on my Mac, but I can't get them to work on my iPhone 4S.
     
  5. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Then that's probably as far as you can go using an email address for iMessage on an iPhone.
     
  6. Dj64Mk7 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What about the Continuity features?
     
  7. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    If you cannot get it to show as activated because you are using an email address instead of a phone number then those features are not going to show up - which prevents you from turning them on.
     
  8. Dj64Mk7 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So is it then impossible to use those features on an iPhone that isn't connected to a cell network? I can't even get iMessage to activate while in Airplane Mode.
     
  9. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Yes.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204689

     
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  11. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    No idea. What were you using (email or phone number) to activate iMessage with on the iPod Touch?

    And you're receiving calls on the iPod Touch?
     
  12. Dj64Mk7 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh no, I don't have an iPod touch. I have a Mac though.
     
  13. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Oh, I see what you're saying!

    The first part in the link I gave was for Handoff.

    The calls and SMS usage though require an active cell plan, as mentioned in the link.
     
  14. Dj64Mk7 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Maybe I'm being dense, but that still doesn't make sense when you can activate it on a Mac just fine.
     

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