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Is there a way to keep messages on my iPhone but not have it…

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Is there a way to keep messages on my iPhone but not have it available on my computer?

Technician's Assistant: What Operating System (OS) are you running on your iPhone?

Checking . I have to do passwords It's all upgraded hang on please

Technician's Assistant: When did you purchase your iPhone? What troubleshooting have you tried?

It is an iphone7 with iOS 11.1.1

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11/18/2017
Mac Support Specialist: Karthik, Mac Enthusiast replied 8 months ago
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Mac Support Specialist: Karthik, Mac Enthusiast replied 8 months ago

Before we proceed further, I would like to ask you few question about this problem. Could you please tell me what type of message you are trying to keep in your iPhone?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I messaging fir text
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Isn’t any text in iPhone an iMessage?
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Basically I just want to text from my phone and not use iPad or laptop or computer for messaging
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I share my computet
Mac Support Specialist: Karthik, Mac Enthusiast replied 8 months ago

Yes, You can enable the iMessage service in your iPhone, iMessage lets you send and receive SMS-like text messages, and MMS-style multimedia messages just like a phone. Instead of a just a phone number, however, it uses your email address, and it only works with other Apple devices, like other iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, and Macs. Before you can start using messages, and sending texts, photos, videos, voice memos, locations, and contact cards, however, you need to set it up. You can enable the iMessage by following steps

  1. Launch the Setting app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Messages.
  3. Turn iMessage to On and wait for it to activate.

Once iMessage activates you can send and receive texts and multimedia messages with other Apple users just like SMS and MMS! These instructions work for times when you need to re-activate iMessage as well due to a network error. Just toggle it on and off and you should be good to go!

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I already have it on my phone!!
I want to delete it from everything else because I share other devices
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
How do I disconnect on computer, laptop etc?? But keep texts running on my phone?
Mac Support Specialist: Karthik, Mac Enthusiast replied 8 months ago

You can turn off the iMessage in your iPhone by

  1. Launch Settings from the Home screen of your iPhone.
  2. Tap Messages.
  3. Tap the slider next to iMessage to turn it off.

Could you please let me what is the operating system of the computer?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
But will I still be able to send and receive test messages on my phone?
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Text messages
Mac Support Specialist: Karthik, Mac Enthusiast replied 8 months ago

Yes, you can send and receive normal message in your phone. You are only disabling the iMessage service from your phone.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
This is NOT working.
I want to receive and send messages ONLY from phone. NOTHING ELSE.
What do I need to disable messages being available and popping up on my COMPUTER
Mac Support Specialist: Karthik, Mac Enthusiast replied 8 months ago

Could you please let me what is the operating system of the computer?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
High Sierra
But I don’t want it on laptop either
Nothing but phone
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Will it look like the same green icon that I use now?
Mac Support Specialist: Karthik, Mac Enthusiast replied 8 months ago

Can you give a try in your Mac computer for deactivating the iMessage. You can turn it on or off for Messages and FaceTime on your Mac.

  1. Open Messages or FaceTime. If asked, sign in with the Apple ID you're using with Messages and FaceTime on your iPhone.
  2. In Messages, choose Messages > Preferences, then click Accounts and select your iMessage account. In FaceTime, choose FaceTime > Preferences, then click Settings.
  3. Turn your phone number off
    • To turn off your phone number, deselect it in the list.
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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I unchecked my phone number and it’s still available in messages in my computer
Should uncheck iCloud
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
my two other emails?
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Or should I keep the phone number and uncheck my emails?
Mac Support Specialist: Karthik, Mac Enthusiast replied 8 months ago

You can uncheck the phone as well email so you cannot your using iMessage in the computer.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Ill try. What about unchecking mms and sms? What is that about?
Mac Support Specialist: Karthik, Mac Enthusiast replied 8 months ago

SMS is normal text message and MMS is Multimedia message like picture. You can uncheck them too.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
From computer but not phone, correct?
Mac Support Specialist: Karthik, Mac Enthusiast replied 8 months ago

Like you said, You need to deactivate the iMessage in the computer. So the answer is yes.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I’m sending a test message on phone to see if it pops up on comiuter
Mac Support Specialist: Karthik, Mac Enthusiast replied 8 months ago

Sure, that's a nice idea. check if that works

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
It’s not off and I’ve spent an hour with you. You don’t know what you are doing.
Mac Support Specialist: Karthik, Mac Enthusiast replied 8 months ago

I tried my level best but unfortunately, I am unable to give you a quick solution. In this case I will opt-out and allow another expert to take over. Other experts will be able to see this question and the conversation which you had with me and they will be providing you a proper solution. Thank you for your patience.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
What is mms messaging? Should turn that off on phone to keep messages off computer? Thus can’t be as confusing as it seems
Mac Support Specialist: Jon, Mac Enthusiast replied 8 months ago
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You should leave your phone alone if you want to receive messages on your phone. All you need to do to turn off messages on your phone is do the following.

  • Open the messages app on your computer
  • Click the messages word in the corner of the screen
  • click preferences
  • click accounts
  • select and delete your apple id account that is the same as your phone. This only deletes from the messages app.
  • You may need to enter your password ***** it asks.

Let me know how that goes, I can always provide remote support into your computer if needed

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