• settings
  • text messages
  • send/receive

I had 3 phone numbers listed - mine and my children.

I am not sure how this setup occurred although they have iPhones that use and are associated with my email and Apple ID.

Recently my Apple ID was changed and I lost this functionality. I'm wondering how to get these phone numbers back. I am interested in monitoring my children's texts using this feature.


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This question covers the procedure you will follow to re-enroll your children's phone numbers under your new Apple ID.

On their two phones, go to settings app, tap iMessage and sign out of e old account. Sign in on your account and set their "Caller ID" for sending iMessage to be their phone number. Repeat for any/all devices that use your new Apple ID.

However, there are problems with this approach. Just be aware that when you get your children's messages, you only get their iMessages (message sent from an Apple computer or an iOS device only). SMS from non-Apple phones still go directly to their phone without you seeing them.

Your children will receive a copy of all of your iMessages as well and they could send messages as you (but not your SMS).

  • Thank you so much bmike...I will give it a try and let you know if I am successful. I know how to sign into my account, where do I set the "Caller ID" to their phone? I realize I won't get their SMS but still gives me enough to know what they are up to...
    – kam
    Mar 12, 2014 at 14:27

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