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    Deregister iMessage tool: What is and how to use it

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    Ever since iMessage was introduced in iOS 5, those who have switched from iPhone to Android, BlackBerry, or another different phone platform have faced a huge problem: incoming messages from iPhone users wouldn’t have been received in their new phone unless the iPhone user sent the message as a regular SMS message. Until now, the only option ex-iPhone users had to resolve this problem was to get another iPhone and manually disable their iMessage account.

    On Sunday, November 9th, 2014 Apple quietly released a web-based tool that allows ex-iPhone users to disable their iMessage account without the need for another iPhone. But why does this tool exist in the first place? The tool is a response to a huge oversight of Apple’s engineers when they first launched iMessage on iOS 5.

    What is the Deregister iMessage portal for?

    The Deregister iMessage tool does exactly what its name suggests: it removes your phone number from your ex iMessage account. When iMessage was engineered, Apple’s developers never took into consideration that some iPhone users might switch to Android or another mobile platform in the future. Because of this, if you had an iPhone with iMessage activated and then switch to Android or another phone OS, you would’ve stopped receiving messages from iPhone users who send texts as iMessage instead of regular SMS.

    This happens because when you use iMessage your phone number gets associated with your iMessage account. If you switch phones and never deregister your phone number from your iMessage account, then Apple’s web service will think you’re still using an iPhone and will try to reroute your iMessage to your iPhone. The problem is, since you no longer have that iPhone, you will never receive that iMessage.

    After getting a massive amount of complaints, and even a U.S. federal lawsuit, Apple released the Deregister iMessage tool. Prior to the release of this tool, to resolve this problem, ex iPhone users had to get another iPhone and manually deactivate their iMessage account.

    How to deregister iMessage on Android

    1. Head over to selfsolve.apple.com/deregister-imessage/.
    2. Scroll down to the “No longer have your iPhone?” section.
    3. Shortly after that, Apple will send you a 6-digit code to confirm your deregistration once you put the code back on the form.

    How to turn off iMessage on iPhone, iPad

    If you still have an iPhone, or iPad and will switch to Android soon, you can turn off iMessage straight from the device. This can be done by going to Settings> Messages> Turn iMessage off.

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