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At wit's end with iMessage

Postby David Polich » Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:31 pm

I have a problem now with iMessage. For reasons beyond me, any texts I now send appear on my wife's iPhone, and on a friend of mine's iPhone. Furthermore, I am getting texts sent to her from people only she knows.

My wife and I are on the same Apple ID, as I buy all our Apple products.

If I disable iMessage, I cannot then reply to anyone who has it enabled and sends me a text.

If anyone has any ideas on how I might address this issue, it would be so appreciated.
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Re: At wit's end with iMessage

Postby HCMarkus » Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:47 pm

I know there's a way Dave, but its been awhile for me and I don't remember. Anyway, my wife's and my phones still get confused now and then so I'll look forward to seeing if someone chimes in with a cogent and succinct directive.

Working within iOS always reminds me why I like a real (as in macOS or Windows) operating system.
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Re: At wit's end with iMessage

Postby buzzsmith » Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:01 pm

I have a similar issue.

Shared Apple ID on mine and my wife's iPhones and 2 iPads. Sometimes, I'll see calls that don't ring on my phone, but show up in the Missed Calls list.

And, with so many junk phone calls going around, if I block what I thought was an unknown number on my phone, it blocks it on hers, too. Then I find out that it was either a co-worker or friend of hers and have to go back and unblock.

Also, any email that is sent to me with my iCloud account, she receives.

Texts have not been an issue...yet!


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At wit's end with iMessage

Postby James Steele » Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:39 pm

David Polich wrote:I have a problem now with iMessage. For reasons beyond me, any texts I now send appear on my wife's iPhone...

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Re: At wit's end with iMessage

Postby bayswater » Thu Dec 01, 2016 4:51 pm

I had the same problem when my wife and I used the same Apple ID for the store, etc. The thing to do is to each have your own ID, with only one of them set up at the App store for purchases. Then assign the other ID as a "family member" who gets access to anything the main ID buys for the Mac, or iOS. Messages, picture sharing, icloud space now all works entirely separately for each Apple user account, but you only pay for software once.

If you have the account set up at the App store, other "family members" have to enter your password to buy things.
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Re: At wit's end with iMessage

Postby Rick Cornish » Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:51 pm

Or, have your own Apple IDs and use Family Sharing to manage purchases, which go under one person designated as the "organizer."
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Re: At wit's end with iMessage

Postby Gravity Jim » Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:17 am

Just check to see which e-mail/phone numbers are activated on each device. Lisa and I use the same Apple ID for most things, but we don't get each other's messages: we just pared the list of addresses in Messages (when you're using the same ID, it will usually add all the adds associated with your Apple account to every device).
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