Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Texting & Messaging 123 123 people found this article helpful How to Stop iMessages From Popping up on Other Devices Families can share an Apple ID and route messages to specific devices by Daniel Nations Writer Daniel Nations has been a tech journalist since 1994. His work has appeared in Computer Currents, The Examiner, The Spruce, and other publications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Daniel Nations Updated on May 01, 2020 reviewed by Jon Fisher Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jonathan Fisher is a CompTIA certified technologist with more than 6 years' experience writing for publications like TechNorms and Help Desk Geek. our review board Article reviewed on Mar 27, 2020 Jon Fisher Texting & Messaging Email Texting & Messaging Video Calls Tweet Share Email Apple's instant-messaging service iMessage, which is supported by the Messages texting app, has a number of cool features, such as the ability to send and receive messages on all your devices, including iPhones, iPads, the iPod touch, MacBooks, and Macs. But if family members share an Apple ID, this default feature can lead to confusion and privacy issues, with messages for multiple people popping up on various devices. Luckily, it's a simple fix to disable this feature and stop iMessages from appearing on all devices connected to an Apple ID. Maddy Price / Lifewire These instructions apply to devices running iOS 8 and later. Control Where iMessages Appear Multiple people can share the same Apple ID and still route iMessages to specific devices. Navigate to your iPhone or iPad's Settings. Lifewire Tap Messages (on the iPad's left-side menu; scroll down to find Messages in your iPhone's Settings). Lifewire Tap Send & Receive. Lifewire This screen lists the phone numbers and email addresses associated with the Apple ID. Uncheck any phone numbers or email addresses that should no longer receive or send iMessages that are associated with your Apple ID. Choose to send and receive only to an email address and remove your actual phone number completely, if you prefer. Lifewire Select at least one phone number or email address to receive iMessages to and reply from. If you don't want to use iMessage at all, turn off the feature in the previous screen by tapping the switch next to iMessage. Lifewire If you opt to use two addresses, such as your phone number and your email address, choose which one to use by default via the Start New Conversations From setting. This setting will show up only if you choose to send messages from two sources. How to Add a New Email Address for iMessage Add a new email address for iMessage only via Apple's website. It's not possible to do this from your iPhone or iPad. Go to the Apple ID/Manage Your Apple Account page using your web browser and log in to your Apple ID. To the right of the Account section, select the Edit button. Lifewire Scroll down to the Reachable At section of the account settings and choose the Add More option. Lifewire Type in the email address you want to use and click Continue. Lifewire Apple will immediately prompt you for a code sent to the email address on file. Check your email for the message and enter the code into the boxes to proceed. What About FaceTime Calls? FaceTime works similarly to iMessage. Calls are routed to a phone number or an email address associated with the account; these addresses are turned on by default. If multiple users share an Apple ID, everyone's FaceTime calls may be sent to all devices on the account. Disable this the same way you disabled iMessage, but instead of going into Messages in Settings, tap on FaceTime. Under You can be reached by FaceTime at, uncheck any email address or phone number whose FaceTime calls you don't want to receive. Lifewire Apple advises using a separate Apple ID for each person in a family and connecting them using the Family Sharing feature. But many people still opt to share an Apple ID among family members.