My son and wife both have iPod Touches and I have an iPhone. We all used the same Apple ID and turned on iMessage. Both my son and wife were getting texts from my friends and my work on their iPods, I think because my cell phone number was linked to the Apple ID. If I just turn off iMessage on my iPhone, will that solve the issue?

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    iMessage uses your Apple ID – that's how it can work on an iPod touch, which doesn't have a cellular radio or a phone number. You need to use unique Apple IDs.
    – daGUY
    Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 18:03

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Set up new AppleIDs for your wife and son. This has several advantages: If they use a different computer than you, they can manage different iTunes playlists, different sets of address book contacts, etc without affecting your personal settings or preferences. They will each also be able to sync their own photos and documents and set up their own mail account through iCloud.

In Settings, sign in to your AppleID on each device for iTunes Store and to their personal AppleIDs for iCloud. This will mean that app and music purchases you make on the account will still be available on all devices, but that your son and wife will each have their own iMessage account. They will no longer receive your texts, but they will be able to send and receive iMessage texts for free over WiFi.

You can also share photos this way; photo streams can be shared between AppleIDs. If they are using your ID, any photos they take will end up on your device too. With their own IDs, this will not happen unless you specifically set it up to do so.

If you all sync to different computers iTunes Home Sharing can be used to keep purchased content in sync. Just authorize each computer using your AppleID.

One caveat: Make sure that neither your wife or son use their own AppleID for purchases, or only they will be able to see the app. There is a way to set up an AppleID without entering a credit card number; especially for a younger son, this is a really good idea.


To directly answer your question, disabling iMessage on your iPhone will have no effect in fixing the reception of iMessages not intended for them.

Like other answers mentioned, the best way is to set two new Apple IDs - one for your wife, and one for your son, and then sign into only Messages (Settings -> Messages) with that account. If you would like further autonomy you can sign into iCloud and Facetime with the new Apple IDs.


No. Have your son and wife use a different email address for Messages than for Music & Apps. You configure the EMail addresses for Messages in the "Settings" app under "Messages".

The Music, Apps, & iBooks Apple ID is set in the "iTunes & App Stores" a few lines down from "Messages" in the "Settings" app.

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    Keep in mind, if the OP just sets up email aliases to his current Apple ID, he still runs the risk of having the same problem (users receiving iMessages who they weren't intended for), it would seem. Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 18:28

There is also now in iOS8 - Family Sharing - one credit card, multiple iCloud accounts & Parental Control.

Family Sharing. A new way to bring harmony to your family’s digital life.

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