How to deregister your phone number from iMessage and get your texts back


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There’s finally a way out of the iMessage abyss. If you’ve ever switched from an iPhone to another type of smartphone, there’s a good chance you had difficulty removing your phone number from iMessage, which meant that text messages sent to your number could disappear forever. There was even a class action lawsuit about it. On Sunday, Apple quietly introduced a new page to its website that lets you deregister a phone number from iMessage, even if you no longer have your original iPhone. It’s easy — all you have to do is plug in a code that Apple texts to you. You can find the form on Apple’s website here.



How do the iPhones belonging to your friends, relatives, co-workers, business associates, and anyone else who has previously sent you an iMessage know that you have deregistered your MDN in the Apple iMessage Registration server?


The service only appears to be available in a handful of countries. Not happy, Apple!


Interesting! So, Apple texts me a code to a phone that I no longer have?

Kif Leswing

No, the idea is that you’ve got a new Android phone with the same number as your old iPhone (that you no longer have) that is missing texts from iPhone users that still send iMessages.

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