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    Angry Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    My wife retired her iphone 4 and bought a Samsung galaxy S3 yesterday. Now I cant text her without turning off iMessage because my phone is a moron and thinks she still has an iphone. I deleted her contact and added her as a new person and put the number as "other" instead of "iphone. This is getting annoying as the rest of my family has iphones and limited text plans as I do and I have to turn off iMessage to talk to my wife then turn it back on to talk with dad and family.

    Any ideas would be greatly helpful, thanks!!
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    Default Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    If you still have her old iPhone you need to turn off iMessage.


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    Default Re: Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    Quote Originally Posted by vietalogy View Post
    If you still have her old iPhone you need to turn off iMessage.


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    No its on the mail on the way to Verizon for the trade in
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    Default Re: Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    Quote Originally Posted by campuscop2003 View Post
    No its on the mail on the way to Verizon for the trade in
    Did you have 'find my phone' active on it? Use that to do a remote wipe if possible...
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    Default Re: Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    There's a way to remove the serial number from her Apple ID without physically
    needing the phone. iMore had a blog once with a link to it. Lemme see if I can find it.
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    Default Re: Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    Quote Originally Posted by Heisenberg View Post
    There's a way to remove the serial number from her Apple ID without physically
    needing the phone. iMore had a blog once with a link to it. Lemme see if I can find it.
    Cool that would be great.

    I wiped the phone prior to shipping it so its back to stock.
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    Default Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    I can't find that blog post. But she should be able to by going to the Apple ID support site and logging in.
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    Default Re: Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    got apple support on the line, they were completely stumped. Had me do a reboot and reset my network settings. Did not work. I completely deleted her out of my contacts altogether, and tried to text her by number only and it still freaking turned blue. Now I'm getting angry!
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    Default Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    Once it sends blue just gently hold down the message and send it as a text. It'll eventually recognize you're not in iMessage.
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    Default Re: Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    Quote Originally Posted by Heisenberg View Post
    Once it sends blue just gently hold down the message and send it as a text. It'll eventually recognize you're not in iMessage.
    Thanks that a cool trick. Worked!! Thanks so much!! still turns blue but at least I now know how to change it over to a text. Wonder how long till it catches on that my wife has a droid not an iphone?


    woohoo sent three texts that way and now its staying green!!! You are the best tech support a guy could have!!!!!
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    Default Re: Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    Assuming the device was registered with Apple: login and click "unregister".
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    Default Re: Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    Quote Originally Posted by big9erfan View Post
    Assuming the device was registered with Apple: login and click "unregister".
    THAT is what I was looking for. Thanks!
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    Default Re: Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    iMessage bug prevents SMS from getting through to Android switchers | iMore.com

    Here is the link the poster earlier was talking about.
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    Default Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    Does she have any other apple devices? If so that number may be associated with an iPad or something as now iMessages are connected to email address and iphone phone numbers.
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    Default Re: Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    I had the same issue with responding to my wife on her Samsung s3. Her number was never on iPhone . I'm on sprint and she's on Tmobile
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    Default Re: Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    I used to own an iphone 3gs, then i switched to android. I never got my friend's text messages because thy were being sent as imessage. The easiest way to fix this is to go to your contacts on your I phone, and select the ex-iPhone number. Then change the label from whatever it used to be to "home" or something you want. Then try to send a message to the DROID phone. It should work, and, if it still does not work after you switch the label back: delete that contact and make a new one (make sure the label is "mobile" and not "iPhone"). hope this helps.
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    Default Re: Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    is this bug consistently reproduced for someone who switch from iOS to others?
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    Default Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    It's not really a bug. You just have to shut off iMessage on the iPhone for your phone number. You can keep iMessage on your other iOS devices if they are connected to your email address or Apple ID.

    I had my iPhone stolen from me when I was in South America and had the same problem. I had purchased an HTC Trophy but couldn't get texts from any of my friends who had an iPhone.

    I was forced to sell the Trophy for another iPhone from eBay because iMessage was still on in the "Apple Servers."

    I'm due for an upgrade in two weeks on Verizon and if I decide not to get an iPhone 5, I have to remember to turn iMessage off on my iPhone 4 before I get my new phone.
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    Default Re: Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    Least complicated, fastest solution is use a service like Tango which can associate an account with an email address instead of the phone number. Chat with your wife through an alternate application. WhatsApp is also great
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    Default Re: Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    Quote Originally Posted by QCPanama View Post
    Least complicated, fastest solution is use a service like Tango which can associate an account with an email address instead of the phone number. Chat with your wife through an alternate application. WhatsApp is also great
    You can also associate email addresses with iMessage. Apple IDs are in the form of email addresses.
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    Default Re: Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    Quote Originally Posted by big9erfan View Post
    Assuming the device was registered with Apple: login and click "unregister".
    Yeah, this does not work the way it's described. At least it didn't for me. I switch back and forth between an iPhone 5 and Nexus 4 and for some reason two friends of mine with iPhones still sent iMessages to me when everyone else with an iPhone sent normal texts to me while using the Nexus. The above link was the first thing I tried with no success. It was a very odd issue. I don't think my issue was the same as the OP as it seems he just left iMessage on. So I'm sure the link did work for him. Or at least I hope it did.
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    Default Re: Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    iPhone is only iMessage, meaning iPhone to iPhone
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    Default Re: Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    The issue is that the phone number of the former iPhone user is still associated with iMessage. So any time an iMessage capable device sends that phone number a text it will attempt to use iMessage.

    The only way to avoid it is to always setup iMessage with an email address and not your phone number. Just turning iMessage off on the old device is not 100% effective either. I went through this last summer. I switch between my Nexus 4 and iPhone 5 and there is no problem now that iMessage is configured only with my email address.
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    Default Re: Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related

    Quote Originally Posted by NolansVlogs View Post
    iPhone is only iMessage, meaning iPhone to iPhone
    Yes and no. Yes, iMessages are limited to device running certain versions of iOS and OS X, however, the iMessage app can still be used to send SMS messages to non-Apple devices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustMe'D View Post
    Yes and no. Yes, iMessages are limited to device running certain versions of iOS and OS X, however, the iMessage app can still be used to send SMS messages to non-Apple devices.
    Yes I do know that, I'm just saying (BLUE iMessage is only apple devices to apple devices)Wife switched to Android, now I cant send her texts - iMessage related-imageuploadedbyimore-forums1363105597.149628.jpg
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