Whenever I send someone a text, I'm told that it shows that "[email protected]" is sending the text and not my phone number. And when someone responds to "[email protected]", I receive the message on my computer and Wi-Fi only iPad, but not my iPhone. Is there any way to only send and receive messages from a phone number?


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In your Settings go to Messages> Send & Receive and you should be able to set your preferences from there. Go to the "Start New Conversations From:" section and set your phone number to be the default.

If your phone number does not appear, turn FaceTime off and on. Phone number should show up

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    Thanks! For some reason my phone number didn't appear in the "Start New Conversations From:" table. I tinkered with it and by chance tried turning "iMessage" on and off and my number appeared there.
    – pasawaya
    Feb 3, 2014 at 4:23
  • Awesome! Glad it worked for ya!
    – daviesgeek
    Feb 3, 2014 at 8:05

Go to

  • Settings
  • Messages
  • Send & Receive
  • Uncheck the email address(es) just leaving your phone number checked.

You should be good from there.

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