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I'm having trouble getting iMessage to work with a cellular connection (it works fine when Wifi is turned on however).
If I try to turn it on (Settings-Messages) without having Wifi turned on I get the following error message:

iMessage unavailable
Turn on mobile data or use Wi-Fi to set up iMessage

[Settings] [OK]


If I have wifi turned on and try to turn it on the same way I'm allowed to do this without any error message.
I suspect it may have something with not allowing iMessage to access the cellular connection (which makes sense since I've tried to limit most apps to do this as I've had a prepaid plan for my phone until a couple of days ago). I have Mobile data turned on, but among the apps listed there none are enabled.
I expected to see "Messages" among the apps there, so I could turn it on, but it's not there! Is there something wrong with my setup?

I'm on iOS 15.7 using an iPhone SE (1st generation).
 
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macstatic

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I think I've figured it out myself.... :)
It appears that you can only turn on/enable iMessage on the iphone with wifi, which pops up a message on my Mac asking to confirm if I want to add my iphone to my iMessage account. Once that's done I can turn off wifi and continue using iMessage on the phone with just cellular (until I turn iMessage off and then on again).
I wish Apple had explained this somehow....

On a sidenote, what does enabling "Phone" (Settings-Mobile data) among all the apps listed there do? I tried this as well, but obviously it had nothing to do with allowing iMessage to use cellular data or not.
 

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It almost sounds like you're making this more complicated than it needs to be. I would simply leave both cellular data and mobile data on. As I mentioned in your other thread on a related topic, your wi-fi network will be prioritized over your cellular/mobile.

 
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