How to use an email instead of a phone number for iMessage on iPhone & iPad

If you have ever wanted to hide your phone number or stop using it permanently for iMessage, you can use an email address instead. When you set up iMessage on iPhone, your phone number is used by default. However, Apple does let users change this setting in iMessage configurations. Here’s a simple guide you can follow to use an email instead of a phone number for iMessage.

How to use an email instead of a phone number for iMessage

Learn how to use an email instead of a phone number for iMessage on iPhone & iPad

Whether you are doing it for privacy or security reasons, you can easily use an email instead of a phone number for iMessage on iPhone & iPad. Here’s how:

  1. Launch Settings from the home screen of your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Messages to view your iMessage configuration. How to use an email instead of a phone number for iMessage
  3. Next, tap on Send & Receive.
    How to use an email instead of a phone number for iMessage
  4. Here, you can select your email address for the Start New Conversations From option to make sure new people do not get your phone number when you start a conversation in iMessage. To permanently stop using your phone number, tap your number under You Can Receive iMessages To And Reply From.
    How to use an email instead of a phone number for iMessage

Note that removing your phone number from your iMessage configuration will also remove it from FaceTime. So, if you want to continue using your phone number for FaceTime calls, this may not be the best option for you.

We hope this guide helped you learn how to use an email instead of a phone number for iMessage on iPhone & iPad. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below.

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