How to add additional email addresses to iMessage

iMessage is great way to send and receive text and multimedia images with any iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 5 or higher, as well as any Mac running OS X Mountain Lion. Along with receiving iMessages at your phone number on the iPhone, you can receive iMessages at your Apple ID email address on iOS and OS X as well. But what if you've got more than one email address and you want to be able to use all of them with iMessage? Follow along and we'll show you how!

Before you can start using an email address for iMessage, however, you'll need to make sure it's not an existing Apple ID. If your email addresses are,, or your email address is automatically an Apple ID. If you have an iTunes account, the email address associated with that, and with FaceTime, are also automatically Apple IDs.

You can only have one Apple ID linked to iMessage account at a time. However, if you have additional, non-Apple ID email addresses you'd like to use with iMessage, such as Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail accounts that aren't connected as an Apple ID, you can set those up.

How to add multiple email address to iMessage on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Messages.
  3. Now tap on Send & Receive.
  4. Select Add Another Email... underneath the You can be reached by iMessage at: section.
  5. Type in the email you'd like to add and hit return on your keyboard.

That's it. You'll receive an email asking you to confirm you have access to the entered email account. Once you do that you're ready to start sending iMessages from the newly added address!

How to get more help with iMessage

If you're having issues getting iMessage to activate, get more help at the iMore forums, and for more tips, check out: