The iMessage feature on an iPhone allows you to send text, picture, audio, and video messages with other people that are using an iOS device. iMessages do not count toward any SMS text messages limitations that might be part of your account, although they will use some of your data plan.
But while there are good aspects of iMessage, there can be some problems. For example, if you share an Apple ID with another person, then iMessages sent to that Apple ID can often appear on both devices. This is usually unwanted behavior, and is one of the most common reasons that people wish to turn off iMessaging on their iPhone. Our guide below will show you where to find this setting so that you can turn it off.
Disabling iMessage on an iPhone 5 in iOS 9
The steps in this article will show you how to turn off the iMessage feature on an iPhone device in iOS 9.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Messages option.
Step 3: Tap the button to the right of iMessage. You will know that the iMessage option is turned off when there is no green shading around the button. iMessage is turned off in the picture below.
Now that you have turned off iMessage on this device, every message that you receive or send will use the SMS protocol. This also means that you will no longer see the blue messages in your texts, and every message will be green. Note that iMessage is enabled on a per-device basis. Therefore, if you are signed into an Apple ID account on an iPad, or a different iPhone, then you will still be able to send iMessages from that device.
You can still send picture messages to people on other iPhones, even if you have disabled iMessage. Click here to learn which setting controls picture messages on your iPhone.