How To Use iMessage With TextNow

Just like for FaceTime, the first step is to create an Apple ID if you haven't already. Click here to create an Apple ID online, or create one on your iOS device by going to Settings > iCloud > Create a new Apple ID.

Next, go to Settings > Messages and turn on iMessage, using the switch at the top of the page. (If the switch is green, it's already on!) Keep the Send As SMS switch off, as seen below:

 

 

Next, tap on Send & Receive, which will bring you to this page:

 

 

Choose the email address associated with your Apple ID, or tap on Add Another Email... and enter the email address associated with your Apple ID. If there's a phone number listed, don't use that - it has to be the email linked to your Apple ID.

Like FaceTime, iMessage can only be used between two people with Apple IDs. You can't use iMessage to text a person who doesn't have an Apple ID.

 

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    David D Horst

    This sucks I'm trying to use textnow free Wi-Fi and it isn't working on my cell phone

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    Kevin TextNow Support

    Hi David,

    Looking at your account, it appears as though everything should be set up properly and enabled. I'm afraid that we don't provide any free Wi-Fi with our service. If you would like to sign up for a wireless subscription, we can provide you with data to use. For more information on that, check out our website textnow.com/wireless !

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    anne 🔥

    Hi, I have a question. So my friend has a textnow account and texts me from there to my iphone. Just now recently, I haven't been receiving her messages even though she sends them to me, and the problem doesn't seem to be from her end because other people get her texts just find (sometimes). Would this be a problem with my phone or my imessage? What could the problem be?

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hi Anne, I'm afraid that something like this may need some more prodding with your own carrier. Perhaps her messages are being delayed or blocked on your end.

    If you find that isn't the case, simply have your friend contact us at orders@textnow.com with specific examples, so we can investigate further!

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    Ebony Moody

    Will textnow ever offer iphones in the future?

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Divinity, we're certainly looking into it, however, we don't have a definitive timeline at the moment. We've certainly gotten plenty of positive feedback, so we're hoping we'll be able to offer them in the future!

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    null null

    Can I get a phone number I had back for like 5 minutes

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey, I'm afraid that your old number has been reassigned to a new account, and due to privacy reasons, we are unable to assign it back to your account (even temporarily)

    We do apologize for the inconvenience, and please let us know if you have any further questions, and/or concerns!

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    charles wayne

    how can i message with text now? cause the tab is not opening . is messaging for free?

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Charles, if the tab isn't opening, you may need to try a different browser.

    Messaging is certainly unlimited and free over your own internet connection! Should you run into any more issues, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at orders@textnow.com !

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    Zed Griffith

    So it means i can use my textnow number for facetime/imessage, i just need to create an apple id with the same email address i have created on my textnow account?

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Not exactly.

    We can't support iMessaging with your TextNow number. The above article is for paid wireless users who have activated their iPhones with our monthly service, and still wish to use iMessage. They can't use it with their TextNow number, however, they can still have the functionality with their Apple ID email.

    Sorry for that confusion!

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