How To Stop your Email from Showing Up in iMessage on your iPhone (Video)

So maybe you’ve also run into this issue. I tried to add my iMessage account to my Macbook Pro so I could use it in the Messages app on my desktop. The idea was that this would enable me to be able to respond to anyone who uses iMessage to reach me on my iPhone from my desktop (using my real keyboard and not having to look away from my work). Great thing was, it worked. Bad thing was, it now separated any messages going through iMessage and any text messages. So now when I would text people from my phone using iMessage a new thread appeared for them with my email address instead of my name they had saved for my phone number on their iPhone. If I sent a message to them as an SMS/text instead of iMessage it would show up in my old thread. Essentially, they were now talking to “two David’s” as it seamed on their phone. This became even more confusing to those people that didn’t recognize my email address initially.

So, how do you fix this? Well, after some snooping around I figured it out and thought it might benefit some other people out there that might have had the same issue. Here’s how to undo all of this madness and how to stop your email from showing up in iMessage.

I. Remove the Email from iMessage

1. On your iPhone, go to Settings.

2. Scroll down and click on Messages.

3. Under iMessage, click Send & Receive.

4. Tap on Apple ID: [Your Email] at the top.

5. Tap Sign Out.

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  • Yurthebest

    Thanks so much!!!

  • Jennifer

    You can also you unclick or uncheck the box with the email to send and receive

  • Emma

    I’ve done this, but now my iMessage isn’t working. Help!

  • manchurian

    I think I may have found a solution.

    1. Make sure you are signed into your apple id on both your phone and mac then go to your iMessage application on your mac.

    2. On the top menu bar, under ‘Messages’, click on ‘Preferences’.

    3. Then in the new window that pops up, click ‘Accounts’

    4. Select the email address on the left that has ‘iMessage’ that’s written under it

    5. Click on ‘Details’. Then input your password when asked.

    6. Click on ‘Manage ID’.

    7. Ensure your mobile number is ONLY in the mobile/cell section. Delete any other reference to a mobile number. For some reason, having my mobile number in the top field AND in the bottom field forced it to send me iMessages from my email account instead.

    8. Also make sure that the international dialling format is correct.

    9. There should now only be one number, your mobile/cell, in the bottom space of the ‘Telephone numbers’ bit of Manage ID.

    10. Save it.

    11. Make sure you are only set to receive and create message from your telephone number in the Messages section of your iPhone.

    This worked for me.

  • Emily Bemily

    didn’t work for me – it still shows as iCloud or my email on my friends iPhone

  • Karina from HMB

    Thank you sooo much!! It worked great!!! Thanks!!!!

  • Lisa

    Thank you! Worked perfectly!

  • super grateful

    thank you!!!!

  • popolago

    I had to delete my previous conversations in order to text to that person again. Works fine after that.

  • Jen

    Omg. Thank you, that fixed it. So frustrating when it wasn’t working correctly!! Thanks!!

  • Lenny Nivea

    Whew! This issue was driving me nuts! Thank you for posting a fix!

    • You’re very welcome! Glad I could help!