Apple iPhone 8

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Set up your phone for iMessaging

You can send iMessages to phone numbers or email addresses if the recipient has a device which supports iMessage. To set up your phone for iMessaging, you need to activate your Apple ID.

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Press Settings.

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Press Messages.

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Press the indicator next to "iMessage" to turn on the function.

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Press the indicator next to "Send as SMS" to turn the function on or off.

If you turn on the function, your iMessages will be sent as text messages if the service is unavailable.
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Press the Home key to return to the home screen.