If you use iPhone as a primary device and an iPad as a secondary, you might have noticed that you receive the same iMessage and Facetime calls on both of the devices.
This happens when you use the same Apple ID on iPhone and iPad. But what if you have used your Apple ID on every Apple device? Like iPod touch or Mac? Imagine if your grandma is using your iPad (using your Apple ID) for morning news and suddenly she encounters your boss’s Facetime call, sounds scary right? Scenarios like this are exactly what people find this feature frustrating.
Also, this feature is bad for those who love ‘privacy’ which Apple is really famous for. In this article, we have mentioned everything you need to know about preventing iPad from getting iPhone texts or calls, and vice versa.
Check how many devices are linked with your Apple ID
Before heading towards our main topic, it is important to know the number of devices linked with your Apple ID. You might be using the same Apple ID on all devices; this will result in getting texts and calls on all devices with the same Apple ID.
Step 1: Visit the official Apple ID page and sign in yourself.
Step 2: Go to the Devices section and see the number of devices linked with your Apple ID.
Step 3: Remove the devices that you don’t want to be linked with your Apple ID.
This is the best way to unlink your Apple ID from other Apple devices that you own. But Apple devices do need Apple ID to access iCloud, Find My, and to sync photos to iCloud. If you only want to prevent getting texts or calls on iPad from iPhone and don’t want to remove Apple ID. Follow the next method.
Steps to Prevent iPad from getting iPhone Texts or Calls
It’s simple to turn off the feature, here’s how to do that:
Step 1: Go to the Settings app on your iPad.
Step 2: Scroll down and find Messages and tap on them.
Step 3: Go to iMessage, and toggle it off.
Now, your iPad will no longer receive iPhone texts or calls. You can follow the same steps to revert back to the settings. Means, your iPad will start receiving iPhone texts and calls.
How to Turn off iMessage on other devices?
If you are using iPad as your primary device and iPhone or iPod Touch as secondary, then follow the steps mentioned below:
For iPhone and iPod Touch:
Step 1: Open the Settings app on iPhone or iPod Touch.
Step 2: From the options, find Messages and tap on them. Then, go to iMessage and toggle it off.
Steps are similar to those mentioned above, but if you want to stop sending SMS texts messages (non-iMessage). Then you can simply turn off the SMS text message option on devices accordingly.
Remember, iMessage can also appear on your Mac and the same goes with Facetime calls. If any other person is accessing your Mac can see your iMessage and Facetime call, which is not what we want.
To do so, we simply have to Sign Out from iMessage and Facetime:
How to Turn off iMessage on Mac
Step 1: On Mac’s home screen, open the Messages app. Or can you can also use Spotlight to open Messages.
Step 2: Once done, click on the Messages located on the menu bar at the top left corner next to the Apple logo.
Step 3: Select Preferences from the options menu, a window will appear then open the ‘Accounts’ tab.
Step 4: On the left side of the window, you will see a list of your enabled accounts. Select the one you want to disable (it will say iMessage underneath it).
Step 5: Untick the checkbox that says Enable this account.
Step 6: Finally, click on the Sign Out button.
How to Turn off Facetime on Mac
Step 1: On Mac, click on the Facetime icon to launch it. Or can you can also use Spotlight to open Facetime.
Step 2: Now, click on the Facetime option located on the left side of the menu bar next to the Apple logo.
Step 3: From the options menu, select Preferences.
Step 4: Once done, a small window will appear, uncheck the box that says Enable this account.
Step 5: Finally, click on Sign Out.
Now your text messages and calls will longer encounter on other devices, you can revert the settings just by following the same methods mentioned above. Receiving texts and calls on all devices might be useful to some people.
Mind you, once you turn off receiving iPhone texts or calls on iPad, or vice versa. You are no longer able to send texts messages too. This means that you can disable the Messages app on a particular device, so it cannot be sent be used to send texts messages.
Even if you do so, the device will ask you to log in to Apple ID with a password.
Here are some common important FAQs related to the topic.
How can I share iTunes, iBooks, and App Store Purchases with Family if I disable Apple ID from all device?
There might be people out there who use Apple ID on all devices to share Apple services with family instead of purchasing them separately. If you disable Apple ID on all devices, the process of sharing Apple services like iTunes, iBooks, etc with your family might get complex right? Actually, you can tackle this situation by enabling the Family Sharing feature, here’s how to do that:
Step 1: Visit the Settings app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPad Touch.
Step 2: Go to your Apple ID.
Step 3: Tap on Set Up Family Sharing, and continue further.
Step 3: Next, select Continue to agree to be Family Organiser, and follow the onscreen instructions.
More than that, you can manually add family members to access Apple services using your Apple ID.
How can I make my Apple ID more secured?
Suppose if you are sharing the same Apple ID on all devices, and there’s no security or passcode enabled to unlock your Apple device then anyone can break into your personal information. If that’s the case, your data could get compromised. Here, we suggest you to two-factor authentication to protect your Apple ID.
This works as sending a security code on your Apple device if you want to access your Apple ID. Here’s how to enable two-factor authentication to secure your Apple ID:
|For iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch||For Mac|
|Settings > Apple ID > Tap on Password & Security > enable Two-Factor Authentication.||Go to System Prefernces > iCloud> Accounts Detals > Security tab > enable Two-Factor Authentication.|
That’s everything you need to know about preventing iPad from getting iPhone texts and calls. This feature might be useful sometimes but also could be dangerous to leak your personal information. So, disabling Apple ID from all Apple devices is the perfect solution to it. Refer to the same article if you encounter similar issues in the future.
That’s it for now, hope this helps! Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. Till then stay tuned for more info.