How to Activate iMessage With Phone Number?

How to activate iMessage with phone number

Having trouble activating iMessage on iPhone? No worries. This tutorial explains how to activate iMessage with phone number or Apple ID.

iMessage is definitely one of the issues you might face after having an iPhone. Sending and receiving iMessages requires you to enable the iMessage app on your iPhone.

By doing so, your phone number will be paired with your Apple ID or iCloud account email address. Using this feature, you will be able to send and receive “blue text bubbles” with another iPhone, iPad, or Mac user.

If iMessage is turned on, iMessages are sent using Wi-Fi or cellular data, if Wi-Fi is not available.

With iMessage being turned off, all messages are received by SMS or MMS text messages. If the feature has already been enabled, it would be handy for people with limited data usage.

You will already be able to use iMessage if you have recently purchased a new iPhone and paired it with your Apple ID.

In case iMessage isn’t activated on your iPhone, then here’s what you have to do. But before that, make sure that you are done with these preps. Otherwise, you might get an error or failed activation again and again.

  • First of all activation process is not possible without a stable internet connection. Make sure that you should have an active wi-fi or cellular network.
  • Secondly, you should have an activated sim card for the number you want to use with iMessage on the phone.

Now you are ready enough to activate your iMessage. Just follow these steps and you will get your phone activated.

Activating iMessage With Phone Number

Following are some of the easiest steps to follow in order to activate iMessage with a phone number.

1. Open iPhone settings and approach Messages.

Iphone Settings

2. Now turn on the toggle of iMessage.

activating iMessage on Iphone

3. A message will be appeared in the notification bar informing you that you will be charged for this procedure. Click “OK” to proceed.

You have to wait here, it might take some time to get activated.

Activating iMessage Using Apple ID

In case you don’t have your phone number, you can use your Apple id to activate iMessage on your iPhone. Below are the steps:

1. Go to the iPhone settings and open “Messages

Iphone Settings

2. Tap on the “Send & Receive” option.

iMessage Send & Receive

3. Now choose “Use your Apple ID for iMessage“, and signup/login with your Apple Id.

iMessage apple id signin

4. Check that your phone is synced along with your apple id under the ‘You can receive iMessages’ option.

Note: It is recommended that you use Apple ID to activate iMessage on iPhone if you are contemplating whether to use a phone number or an Apple ID, as it will keep your data private and intact as well as hide your mobile number from other users of iMessage.

Congratulations iMessages will be activated shortly. You can now receive and send messages and can easily connect with any iPhone user and your messages will be end to end encrypted for sure.


With this detailed guide, hopefully, you are now able to fully understand how to activate iMessage with a phone number on iPhone. In this post, we have included a step-by-step description of how to set up iMessage on your iPhone using your Apple ID. 

Please let us know if you have any questions about iMessage on iPhone.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to activate iMessage with my phone number?

Definitely. Click on “Settings” and select “Messages” to enable iMessage with Phone Number. Slide the switch for iMessage on. Your carrier may charge you for SMS messages, according to the confirmation message. Proceed by clicking ‘OK’.

Can’t verify my phone number with iMessage, what to do now?

Navigate to Settings – Apple ID – Name, Phone Numbers, e-mail. Please make sure the number you intend to use for iMessage is listed in the “Reachable At” section. Click on the number you want to use if it is not selected.

Waiting for activation message, how to fix?

You can experience this problem if your device isn’t connected to a cellular data or Wi-Fi network. You should check and make sure you have a cellular data network or WiFi access.

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Sarmad Nadeem

In addition to being one of IAT's co-founders, Sarmad is a blogger, a digital marketer, and a business consultant.

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