Add or remove your phone number in iMessage or FaceTime on your iPad, iPod touch, or Mac

For iMessages and FaceTime, you can use your iPhone phone number on your iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. Learn how to get set up or edit existing settings.

You can't use these steps for landline numbers or devices that aren't made by Apple. You can use these steps only for the active phone number that belongs to your iPhone.

Turn your phone number on or off for your Mac

If you set up your phone number first, you can turn your number on or off for your Mac:

  1. On your Mac, open Messages. If asked, sign in with your Apple ID (This should be the same Apple ID used in Messages on your iPhone).
  2. From the menu bar, choose Messages > Preferences. Click Accounts, then select your iMessage account.
  3. Choose whether to use your phone number on your Mac:
  4. If you want recipients to see your phone number and not your Apple ID, select your phone number from the “Start new conversations from” popup menu.

You can also use these steps for FaceTime on your Mac. Open FaceTime. From the menu bar, choose FaceTime > Preferences > Accounts.

To send and receive SMS and MMS messages as well as iMessages, learn what to do. If you aren't sure, learn the difference between iMessage, SMS, and MMS messages.

Turn your phone number on or off for your iPad or iPod touch

If you set up your phone number first, you can turn your number on or off for your iPad or iPod touch:

  1. On your iPad or iPod touch, tap Settings > Messages and make sure that iMessage is on. If asked, sign in with the Apple ID used in Messages on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Send & Receive.
  3. Choose whether to use your phone number on your iPad or iPod touch:

The settings for Messages on iPad

You can also use these steps for FaceTime on your iPad or iPod touch in Settings > FaceTime.

To send and receive SMS and MMS messages on your Mac as well as iMessages, learn what to do. If you aren't sure, learn the difference between iMessage, SMS, and MMS messages.

If you don't see your number in Messages or FaceTime on your iPad, iPod touch, or Mac

First, get help with your settings. Then, if you still need help, sign out of Apple ID on all of your devices and sign back in.

Get help with your settings

Here's what you need to check: 

  1. Check that you have the latest software for your iOS device and Mac.
  2. Make sure that iMessage is on in Settings > Messages on your iPhone. (After you turn on iMessage, you might need to wait a moment for it to activate.)
  3. Tap Send & Receive. 
  4. If you see “Use your Apple ID for iMessage,” tap it and sign in with your Apple ID (This should be the same Apple ID that you use on your iPad, iPod touch, or Mac). If not, skip this step.
    The settings for iMessage on iPhone 6s
  5. Under “You can be reached by iMessage at,” make sure there are checkmarks beside your phone number and Apple ID. If your number is unchecked and you can't select it, use the next section to sign out and back in with your Apple ID on your devices. If you need help with FaceTime, go to Settings > FaceTime and repeat these steps. 
    The settings for iMessage on iPhone 6s

Sign out and back in with your Apple ID on every device

Follow these steps on all of your Apple devices:

  1. On every Mac that you own, open Messages. From the menu bar, choose Messages > Preferences, then click Accounts. Click iMessage in the left column, then click Sign Out. Open FaceTime. From the menu bar, choose FaceTime > Preferences and sign out.
  2. On every iPhone, iPad, and iPod that you own, go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive. Sign out of your Apple ID. Do the same in Settings > FaceTime.
  3. On your iPhone, check that iMessage is on in Settings > Messages. Then tap Send & Receive, choose “Use your Apple ID for iMessage,” and sign in with your Apple ID. With the same Apple ID, sign back in to Messages and FaceTime on your other devices. 
  4. If you still need help, change your Apple ID password and repeat the previous step.

If you still need help, contact Apple Support.

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