I am just wanting to get some concrete clarity on how imessage works. We have a family itunes account and both have ipads and are getting iphones. will we both need seperate itunes accounts for imessage or if we use the same itunes account will it show the message on both devices? I am just not sure how it is working. does it use a phone number like phones or an email account?
- 10-12-2011, 02:57 PM #2
to my understanding you would need 2 different itunes accounts.
because i have iphone 4 3gs and ipod4 and they all send to eachother when one gets a message.
but don't fret.
if you don't want your wife buying apps theres a way to create an itunes account without a credit card lol.
edit: to your original question.
i believe it uses accounts not phone numbers because then how would it work on ipad's with no 3g?
- 10-12-2011, 02:58 PM #3
- 10-12-2011, 03:04 PM #4
- 10-12-2011, 03:16 PM #5iPhone Newbie
- 46 Posts
Im confused by this also.
In order to use IMessage, you need to enter apple ID and password.
But my wife and I share the same Itunes account, for apps and music.
If I put the same apple ID and password on my phone, and on her phone (Im refering specifically to the IMessage setup), then surely we'll both be receiving the same messages?
If I create a new Itunes account for my wife, just for IMessage and ICloud, can I still plug her device into my computer and sync the same music/apps. Or will Itunes complain and say something like "This device is using a different account"?
- 10-12-2011, 03:20 PM #6
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- 10-12-2011, 04:33 PM #11
just use the new apple id created for her for imessage everything else original.
you can setup your computer to authorize both accounts on both devices.
at first when i bought my mom her first iphone for some reason itunes would not let her create an account so i let her use mine.
all my apps that she wanted transfered as my own then when she finally was able to create one she had her own account and my apps that i purchased.
- 12-12-2011, 01:21 PM #12iPhone Newbie
- 12 Posts
I message is exchanging messages with an Internet connection... It's free and the carrier company doesn't charge u anything.... Just remember to type in imsg.... But u can do the same thing thru what's app and that's not just limited to iPhone ..... U can chat with even a non iPhone user
- 12-12-2011, 02:05 PM #13
if its between iphones, you DONT need the other persons apple ID. Just put their phone number in your contact. and send them an SMS. the phone detects if they have an iPhone on iOS 5... if they do, it sends as an iMessage instead of an SMS. You can tell by the color. if the text bubbles are blue... its an iMessage, if its green, its going as an sms.
you only need an apple id if you are trying to imessage to an iPad/iPod touch.
- 12-12-2011, 02:10 PM #14
- 12-15-2011, 07:15 AM #15
My suggestion to everyone in this thread is to set up a new, free me.com apple ID for each phone. Use that for iMessage, contacts, etc. Then under settings-> store, sign into the shared account on each phone or iPad. Then you have a private account for PIM and can still share apps. This is what I do for my parents. Works perfectly fine.
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- 12-18-2011, 11:31 AM #16
- 12-18-2011, 11:42 AM #17
I know this because my wife constantly uses apps from my library on her phone.