New Apple iMessage de-registration tool lets you switch to another OS, reclaim your SMS

Apple has launched a new online tool that makes it easier to switch from the iPhone to a competing smartphone platform and not risk text messages getting stuck on the iMessage servers.

The web-based tool allows you to enter your phone number into the system to de-regsiter it. Once entered, Apple will send you a confirmation code via SMS. Type the code into the browser and your de-registration will be complete.

The release of the tool follows years of complaints about missing SMS/MMS messages from people switching away from iPhone. Although it's unclear how discoverable the new tool will be, it should at least make the process faster once it is discovered.

Source: Apple; via: The Verge, Reddit