General What's the difference between using email and phone number for iMessages?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by MacrumoursUser, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. MacrumoursUser macrumors 6502


    Mar 1, 2014
    Right now I use my iCloud email for all devices (including my iMac), but I noticed I have an option to start my iMessage conversations using phone number on my iPhone. What's the difference?
  2. The Oak macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2013
    My wife does not have a text feature to her cell plan. But she does have data.

    I have a text feature on my iPhone.

    If I text via email address ... it goes as an iMessage and hence we can "text" all day.

    If I text as a phone number she will not be able to text back.

    Same thing with iPads that cannot "text".
  3. chezhoy macrumors regular


    Jan 15, 2008
    Hanscom AFB, MA
    I personally thinks it's better to use email than phone number, esp if you use iMessage on iPhone, iPad and/or MacBook since your MacBook and iPad aren't phones.
  4. sflomenb macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2011
    There is actually no difference. Your messages will go to any device. Example, I have an iPhone, iPad and Mac. Someone sends an iMessage to my phone number or email and it goes to all of my devices

    The real difference is when you message someone, do you want them to see your phone number or email?
  5. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    Yep, I prefer my phone # since I don't use my iCloud email, and my Apple ID is not my gmail account.

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