How to remove my phone number from iMessage?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by The Highlander, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. The Highlander macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2009
    I returned my 4s. Got tired of waiting for the jailbreak and that the jailbreak is going to be much harder and almost near impossible in the future.

    So... I got myself another phone.

    People that have iOS5 (my wife) can't text me because it keeps sending messages via imessage which i don't have anymore. Is there a way that I can remove my number from the registered imessage so people with iOS5 can text me correctly via SMS?

  2. Kyotoma macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2010
    Carnegie and Ontario
    One: you can't ever know that for sure.

    Two: before returning your iPhone, you should have turned off iMessage. That way the Apple servers know to not use that number for iMessages.
  3. The Highlander thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2009
    I didn't turn it off... I just wiped it... I guess now I have to have a support conversation and after the 300th email they might solve it.
  4. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    I'm curious: What did you want to do after jailbreaking but wasn't worth waiting more than four weeks?
  5. duckworth macrumors newbie


    Jan 22, 2008
    Did you ever sort this out? I returned my iphone and all my friends with iphones are still trying to send messages to me through iMessage and I am not receiving them. I can't find a way to un-register my mobile number from iMessage.
  6. reltm macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2011
    My mom is having the same problem. Very frustrating. Tried a lot of things -- it seems to be an Apple server issue as I've completely deleted her contact and SMS thread (and signed in and out of iMessage) and still her number shows up as iMessage when I try to text her.
  7. verwon macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2011
    As was said, it's due to not deactivating iMessage, before switching to a different phone.
  8. WordMasterRice macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    Upstate NY
    That's awesome, unfortunately it provides no help to actually fix the problem. Presumably if they could turn it off at this point in time they would do that.
  9. bluedukies8, Jan 4, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2012

    bluedukies8 macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2009
    And you are SOL if your phone is stolen.

    Question: My brothers' iPhone was stolen, so if I understand correctly all iMessages sent to him still go to the iPhone that was stolen even though he isn't currently using an iPhone right now? Or would the iMessage setup be deactivated if the phone was restored?

    Nevermind, saw the OP wiped his first phone.
  10. Hamiltonian macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2008
  11. Thisdayburns macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2012
    Victoria British Columbia, Canada
    Tried everything

    This did not work for me. I have tried unregistering, changing my apple ID password, getting people to delete me as a contact, logging off of and turning off iMessage on my iMac. The only things I haven't tried are starting a new apple ID (because of the link to my iMac) and changing my phone number.

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