Friday, March 14, 2014


Have been using iMessage on my phone to chat with my mom's iPad.  Just want to record on the how to etc for my own reference.

iOS and OS X: Link your phone number and Apple ID for use with FaceTime and iMessage

Learn how to link your iPhone telephone number to your Apple ID for use with FaceTime and iMessage.

Your iPhone telephone number is linked to your Apple ID when you sign in to FaceTime or iMessage. This allows you to use your iPhone number with FaceTime and iMessage on other iOS devices.
  • This feature isn't available on iPod touch (3rd generation) and iPad (1st generation). 
  • This feature is available with OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 or later. 
You can sign in to your Apple ID on an iPhone by tapping Settings > FaceTime and Settings > Messages > Send & Receive.
On iOS devices, find out which addresses are enabled with FaceTime and iMessage by tapping:
  • Settings > Messages > Send & Receive > You can be reached by iMessage at:
  • Settings > FaceTime > You can be reached by FaceTime at:
On OS X, find out which addresses are enabled:
  • In Messages, choose Messages > Preferences > Accounts. Select iMessage in the left column. Your contact preferences should appear under "You can be reached for messages at:."
  • In FaceTime, choose FaceTime > Preferences. Your contact preferences should appear under "You can be reached for calls at:."

Use iMessage and FaceTime with multiple devices

Learn how to set up iMessage on multiple devices. The same steps apply when you set up FaceTime.
  1. Sign in to an Apple ID on your iPhone. You will see all addresses verified with the account.
  2. Tap an address to enable it on the device. The telephone number will be dimmed when you view these settings on an iPhone.
  3. If you don't want to use iMessage with your iPhone telephone number, tap Settings > Messages and turn iMessage off.

  4. You can sign in to the same Apple ID on another device. These images show the iMessage settings on an iPad and OS X using the same Apple ID.
  5. iPad:

    OS X:

    After signing in to the Apple ID on another device, the iPhone will receive a notification. The notifications below explain that you used the Apple ID and phone number with iMessage on a MacBook Pro. You will receive a notification for every address or phone number you enable on each additional device.
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