For iOS users worldwide who recently have tried to switch to Android or Windows OS after using iOS 7 for a while have come across a new bug within Apple’s iMessage delivery service. The bug as we speak of, is a message sending error which users are facing when they switch to Android from iOS. This is mainly because even after switching to Android, their texts from iOS users are being sent in the same iMessage protocol which cannot be really viewed on devices running other than iOS.
While Apple has already been made aware of this bug in their iMessage sending protocol, no official patch or fix has been seen emerging from the Cupertino based technology giant in any of their iOS updates for iDevices including iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Possibly an iOS 7.1.2 update will be brought out by Apple to resolve this issue, however, we have a tutorial on how you can get rid of this bug instantly in case you cannot really wait for the iOS 7.1.2 to come through. So here’s how you can fix the iOS 7 iMessage delivery bug right from your iPhone.
Fix iOS 7 iMessage Delivery Bug Before You Switch To Android OS
While the best way to avoid this bug is still to disable iMessage before switching to Android or Windows powered smartphone, in case you did not do that, you can follow this tutorial. Apparently, Apple’s servers may take up to 45 days to completely discard your particular phone number off their database, so in case you know that you are going to switch to another OS powered smartphone, its time for you to start taking some measures.
Step 1: The first step is to simply turn iMessage service off on your iPhone. To do so, navigate to Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Once you are within the Settings app, quickly navigate to Messages settings which should be available on the lower half of the Settings page.
Step 3: Once there, just toggle the iMessage button to OFF. You have successfully turned iMessage off now, but that’s not all to it. Follow the steps below.
Step 4: Now you have to make sure your phone number isn’t linked to Apple’s iMessage service in any way. To ensure that, simply remove your phone number from iCloud on your MacBook. That’s right, navigate to System Preferences->iCloud and make sure your number is removed from the Account Details section.
Step 5: This was just one of the ways. Another way is to manually dial 1-800-MY-APPLE and request Apple to remove your phone number from their servers.
The only limitation is the up to 45 days threshold period which Apple asks for to completely remove your phone number off their servers. However, your number might just get removed the next following day if you are lucky. Now you can simply switch to any other Android or Windows powered smartphone and start using messages the way you used to.