iMessage: email vs phone number?

orange42

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Apr 12, 2009
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How does iMessage decide when to send messages from either my email address or my phone number? Some of my friends receive them from my phone number, and some receive them from my email address. How does this work?
 

zachlegomaniac

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Sep 20, 2008
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Under "Settings" and then "Messages" on each device (in this case, your iPhone) you should be able to enter your preference. I believe the iPhone defaults to your phone number, but as I am using Messages Beta now instead of iChat, I typically send from my .me account when talking to other friends with iOS or OSX devices.

The reason I do this is for the continuity of conversations across devices.

Check out your settings under "Receive At" under the messages preferences on your iPhone.

I hope my limited knowledge and experience helps a bit.
 

orange42

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Apr 12, 2009
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I know mine is under receive at 2 addresses, email and phone, but I can't change the options between the two, and I just want to know what makes it sometimes send from my email and sometimes from my phone.
 

TheAppleSource

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Mar 9, 2012
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Do you have the Called ID option underneath the "Receive at..." set of options? Try changing that to your phone number (or email) and see if that changes things.
 

cynics

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Jan 8, 2012
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Maybe try removing your email temporarily and sending the people that get your email address another text to see what happens.

It sounds that mine is setup the same way as yours but I don't have that issue.

Do those people have your number in their phones? Maybe all they have is your email?
 

saving107

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Oct 14, 2007
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I believe that after 5 or 10 minutes of trying to send an iMessage unsuccessfully, the iMessage will then be sent as a regular text (which will then appear as your phone number).

Thats why I set mine to OFF.