1. MrMars's Avatar
    Is there any advantage or need to be signed into your iCloud account when using iMessage? It appears to work whether your signed into your iCloud account or your not.

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    07-19-2014 05:04 PM
  2. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Not as far as I know. They are separate. Why would you sign out of iCloud to begin with? That's where all your stuff, including your contacts, are backed up. But you don't have to use iCloud. If you don't, you would need to back everything up to iTunes. It's best to do both.


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    07-19-2014 06:40 PM
  3. MrMars's Avatar
    I am signed into iCloud. Where I'm speaking of is an option for iMessage that shows this screen to use your Apple ID. I guess it's Apple ID I'm talking about.
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    07-19-2014 07:25 PM
  4. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I am signed into iCloud. Where I'm speaking of is an option for iMessage that shows this screen to use your Apple ID. I guess it's Apple ID I'm talking about.
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    Yes. It means that you can be reached via iMessage by your email address as well as your phone number.
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    07-19-2014 08:08 PM
  5. MrMars's Avatar
    Yes. It means that you can be reached via iMessage by your email address as well as your phone number.
    Ah ok. I don't access iMessage via email so I'll just leave that off.


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    07-20-2014 07:20 AM
  6. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Ah ok. I don't access iMessage via email so I'll just leave that off.


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    In "send and receive" in messages in settings, I have 4 email accounts along with my number where someone can reach me. There's 4 checked. But down for "Send From", only my phone number. Some using iPads only use email to send iMessages. And you never know who may, for whatever reason, need to send their iMessage using email. So it doesn't hurt to have an email address iMessage can be sent to. Then again, it may never be necessary.


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    07-20-2014 06:57 PM
  7. SprSynJn's Avatar
    Ah ok. I don't access iMessage via email so I'll just leave that off.


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    I could be wrong, but doesn't iMessage not utilize your monthly allotted texts when it's activated? I've always kept it on for that reason. Plus you are able to message those who use iMessage on their iPods, iPads, and Macs.
    07-21-2014 12:56 AM
  8. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    iMessages do not count against your carrier text allotment. iMessage is Apple, not Verizon or AT&T.


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    07-21-2014 01:29 AM
  9. impaler's Avatar
    iMessage uses your cellular data plan or WiFi, not SMS. While SMS/MMS can be turned off, they are typically left on to send messages if iMessage fails, or if it's going to a non-iMessage user.
    07-22-2014 02:34 PM

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