How to Sign Into iMessage on iPhone, iPad & MacBooks

iMessage makes it easy to send and receive text messages using a data plan or WiFi. It works on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

First-time users sometimes have trouble signing in and completing other necessary settings. You must activate your iMessage before you use it.

In this article, I’ll show you how to sign into iMessage on your iPhone. It’s also compatible on your other Apple devices.

You’ll get help with iMessage in this ebook, including information on what you need to know to avoid common problems with iMessages and tips on how to fix them.

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How to sign into iMessage on iPhone

Go to Settings >> Messages. Turn on iMessage.
Log in with the same Apple ID you use on your other devices.

How to sign into iMessage on Mac

Open your “Messages” app. You can open it from the dock or the desktop.

Click the Messages option. If you’ve never used Messages on that Mac before, you’ll need to sign in or create a new Apple ID.

First, sign in. Then, to register for a new account, click “Create Apple ID.

To open the Apple ID app, tap the App Store icon on the home screen.

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How to activate iMessage on iPhone

Open “Settings” on your iPhone.
Scroll down to Messages and tap it
Move the iMessage slider to “ON” until the slider turns green.

Tap on Messages & Privacy to access the iOS iMessage settings menu, where you can set which email addresses and phone numbers you want to use to send and receive iMessages.

Tap an email address or phone number to verify it until a checkmark appears next to the account.

How to turn Read Receipts ON or OFF in iMessages for iPhone or iPad for everyone

Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Switch to Messages. Go to the message inbox and toggle on Send Read Receipts so that they’re

To turn it OFF, make sure the switch is in the left position.

How to turn Read Notification ON or OFF for someone on iPhone or iPad

Open the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap on the conversation you want to turn On / Off Notifications for.

Tap the name of the person you’re talking to. When that person’s photo appears, tap on it.

When you send an email, click the checkbox for “Receipt Requested” (ON) or uncheck it (OFF).

How to turn message previews ON or OFF in iMessages

Open the Settings app on your iPhone
Scroll down to Messages
Tap on Messages under the Notification Style
Scroll down to the Options section
Next, tap Show Previews

You then need to choose what you want to get out of the app. This can be done in two ways.

Why is my iMessage not working on my iPhone?

Below are the common reasons why an iMessage will not work on your iPhone, why it’s not working, and tips to fix the problem:

#1. Your iMessage is not sending

The iMessage app is not available for Android phones.

In iMessage on iOS 9, if your recipient has an Android and a Mac that is activated, the iMessage will go to their Mac and not their iPhone.

You are sure your friend has an iPhone, but you haven’t gotten your iMessage sent or received yet.

If you use Gmail, it’s probably due to that he hasn’t activated iMessage (Settings >> Messages >> iMessage ).

#2. The iMessage server is down

If you think iMessage’s servers are down, you should check Apple’s system status page.

This indicates the status of all Apple services, including iTunes, iCloud, FaceTime, and more.

When something goes wrong, Apple reports it, and takes care of fixing it.

However, all Apple services are operating optimally at the time of writing.

If you are on the search page, you can also access the Down Detector page.

Type the service name in the search bar at the top right corner. A graph will automatically generate.

This graph shows all iMessage outages seen in the last 24 hours.

#3. Your internet connection is poor

With iMessage, you’ll only need a good internet connection, whether it’s 3G, 4G, or 5G, to use it

So, you should check the status of your network.

When you turn the WiFi on, toggle Airplane Mode ON and OFF, then observe the reception signal.

Connect to a nearby hotspot if you don’t have access to WiFi.

If you’re experiencing connection issues, reset your settings by going to Settings >> General >> Reset >> Reset network settings.

#4. iMessage isn’t set-up correctly

You need to make sure your iMessage is working properly, so to do this, go to settings >> messages.

In the settings, ensure that iMessage is activated and check your phone number and email address.

I suggest that you deactivate and then reactivate your e-mail addresses and phone numbers.

#5. Close and relaunch Messages

I’ve also suggested that you close the Messages application and relaunch it, but that doesn’t seem to help.

Swipe up your phone’s home screen to launch the App Launcher, then select your favorite app and double-press the Home button to activate it.

Close the Messages app. Open it again. If it still doesn’t work, you can also reset it.
Go to Settings >> Messages and turn it off.

Next, close your iTunes account and sign out of it.

Now turn OFF and reboot your iPhone. After this reset, see if the Messages app is working correctly.

After that, sign back into your Apple account.

#6. You have too many messages

Consider saving your iPhone’s storage space by deleting messages in the Messages app.

These can slow down the Messages app. To delete them, choose your conversation
Tap the message
Select Delete
Note that it is possible to configure your iPhone to delete your messages automatically.

When you save a message, click “Keep” in the top right corner. Then, select the three-month option.

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#7. iOS is out of date

iOS updates can also solve your iMessage problem. So, I recommend updating it if it isn’t already updated.

You can get this feature by visiting Settings > General > Software Update.

#8. Your time zone is incorrect or not automatically set

iMessage only works with your time zone. It must be set to update automatically or iMessage won’t work.

To make sure your device automatically updates, go to Settings >> General >> Date & Time and set the date and time to update automatically.

#9. Your iPhone setting needs a full reset

This is a simple step if your message thread got stuck for no apparent reason.

Tap Settings >> General and then tap Reset All Settings

#10. Take it to the Genius Bar

If the problem persists, I recommend that you book an appointment at an Apple Store Genius Bar using this link.

How do I restore iMessages on my iPhone?

There is no need to worry about losing your iPhone data after using the iPhone 6 Plus to restore from a different device. Since iOS syncs your data to any other device when the Sync feature is turned ON or by restoring from iCloud, iTunes Backup, or the iMessage Recovery Software, you can easily recover your data and start using it on any other device.

For any iPhone or iPad, you should first erase it to remove everything before restoring it from iCloud. In Settings >> General, click on Erase All Content and Settings.

Next, find Reset and tap on Erase All Content and Settings.

Reboot your iPhone and follow the on-screen instructions
When you get to Apps & Data, select “Restore from iCloud Backup”
Log in to iCloud and choose the backup you wish to restore
Finish the restore procedure, and your backup data which includes deleted iMessages, will restore to your device.