How to Activate Imessage on iPhone 12

Charlotte Daniels

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Activating iMessage on your iPhone 12 is a breeze! With iMessage, you can send unlimited messages to other Apple device users without incurring any SMS charges. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the simple steps to activate iMessage on your iPhone 12.

Step 1: Open Settings

To begin, locate the Settings app on your iPhone 12. It looks like a gear icon and is usually found on the home screen. Tap on it to open the Settings menu.

Step 2: Find Messages

Scroll down the Settings menu until you find the “Messages” option. It should be represented by a chat bubble icon. Tap on it to access the Messages settings.

Step 3: Enable iMessage

In the Messages settings, you will see various options related to messaging. Look for the “iMessage” toggle switch and make sure it is turned on (green). If it is already enabled, skip to Step 4.

If iMessage is not enabled, simply tap on the toggle switch to turn it on. You may be prompted to sign in with your Apple ID or create a new one if you haven’t done so already.

Step 4: Verify Phone Number & Email

After enabling iMessage, your phone number should automatically appear under “Send & Receive.” However, if you have multiple email addresses associated with your Apple ID, you can also add them here for additional contact options.

To add an email address, tap on “Add Email..” and enter the desired email address. You may need to verify ownership of that email address by following the instructions provided.


  • If your phone number is not listed under “Send & Receive,” you can tap on it and select the checkmark to include it in your iMessage settings.
  • If you don’t see the “Add Email.” option, it means that all the email addresses associated with your Apple ID are already included.

Step 5: Configure Additional Settings (Optional)

Below the “Send & Receive” section, you will find additional settings that allow you to configure how iMessage functions on your iPhone 12. These settings include:

  • Text Message Forwarding: This feature allows you to receive and send SMS messages from your iPhone on other Apple devices, such as your iPad or Mac. To set this up, follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Filter Unknown Senders: Enabling this option will automatically filter out messages from unknown senders and present them in a separate tab within the Messages app.
  • iMessage Effects: This section allows you to customize message effects such as bubble effects, screen effects, and handwriting. Feel free to explore these options and choose what suits your style.


You have successfully activated iMessage on your iPhone 12! Now you can enjoy seamless messaging with other Apple device users without worrying about SMS charges.

Remember, iMessage works only when both parties have enabled iMessage on their devices, so make sure your contacts also have iMessage enabled for a truly immersive messaging experience!

We hope this tutorial has helped you activate iMessage on your iPhone 12. If you have any further questions or need assistance with any other iPhone-related topics, feel free to explore our website for more helpful guides!

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