I'd like to remove my phone number from my iMessage account, but still have my phone enabled to receive messages sent to my email address (also used on iPad, Mac). Is there a way of doing this?

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You can remove your phone number from Messages on your Mac and iPad. On your Mac, go to Messages > Settings > Accounts. Select your account. Uncheck the box corresponding to your phone number. On your iPad, go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive. Uncheck your phone number.

You cannot remove your phone number from receiving messages on your iPhone, because this is also where your text messages come in. However, you can set your email address as the default. This will guarantee that all new messages sent from you will show your email, and all responses will come back that way. Go to Settings > Messages. Select to "Start new conversations from" your email. I hope this helps.

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    I was hoping to completely remove my phone number from the iMessage ecosystem so when somebody tried to send a message it would display as unavailable for iMessage and I would receive SMS only, but still have iMessage available. It appears a solution is to disable all my email addresses and use only my phone number as my canonical iMessage address.
    – wjl
    Mar 10, 2013 at 17:45
  • Yes, that's what I've ended up doing for the same solution it sounds like you are looking for. Now if only my SMS messages could percolate into iMessage somehow...
    – bispymusic
    Mar 11, 2013 at 15:04

You can remove a phone number from receiving messages:

  1. Turn off iMessage and FaceTime under Settings
  2. Remove SIM Card
  3. Reset network settings: Settings/General/Reset/Reset network settings
  4. Insert SIM card
  5. Turn on FaceTime and iMessage
  6. Boom, it works!

If you want to remove your phone number from your iMessage account, go to http://appleid.apple.com and press the button for "Manage your Apple ID".

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