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How to Sign Into iMessage

A step-by-step guide on how to sign into iMessage on your Apple devices.
How to Sign Into iMessage

iMessage is a messaging service developed by Apple that allows users to send text messages, photos, videos, and other multimedia content to other Apple device users over cellular data or WiFi. However, although signing into iMessage may seem straightforward, some first-time users have complained about difficulties and issues with signing in and completing other necessary settings to activate iMessage.
In this article, we'll guide you on how to sign in to iMessage on iPhone and other Apple devices.

How to Sign Into iMessage on iPhone

  • Ensure that your iPhone is connected to a stable Wi-Fi or cellular network.
  • Open the "Settings" app on your iPhone. 
  • Scroll down and tap on "Messages."
  • In the Messages settings, you'll see an option labeled "iMessage." Tap on it to proceed.
  • If iMessage is already enabled, you will see a toggle switch next to it. If the switch is in the "Off" position, simply tap on it to turn it on. Once enabled, the switch should turn green, indicating that iMessage is now active.
  • If iMessage is already enabled, you may need to sign in with your Apple ID. Tap on the "Sign In" button and enter your Apple ID and password when prompted. If you don't have an Apple ID, you can create one by tapping "Create New Apple ID" and following the on-screen instructions.
  • Once you've signed in, iMessage will be activated on your iPhone.

How to sign into iMessage on Mac

  • Make sure your Mac is connected to a stable internet connection.
  • Open your “Messages” app on your Mac. You can open it from the dock or the desktop.
  • In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click the Messages option and then select "Preferences" from the drop-down menu.
  • In the Preferences window that appears, click on the "Accounts" tab.
  • If you already have an Apple ID associated with iMessage, you will see it listed in the left-hand column. Select your Apple ID.
  • If you don't have an Apple ID associated with iMessage, click on the "+" button at the bottom left to add a new account.
  • In the "Add Account" window, select "iMessage" and click on the "Continue" button.
  • Enter your Apple ID and password in the provided fields and click on the "Sign In" button.

FAQs

Why can't I sign into iMessage?

If iMessage or FaceTime is stuck on the "Waiting for activation" screen, you should try to reset both apps, restart your phone, refresh your connection or reset your Apple ID.  You should also ensure that your iOS is up to date.

Do you need an Apple account for iMessage?

Yes. You need an Apple ID. 

How do I download iMessage on iOS?

Visit the App Store
Browse for the iMessage app you'd like to install.
Tap Get.



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