How to use your iPhone number with FaceTime and iMessage on iOS devices (iPad, iPod) with iOS 6 and on Macs with OS X

You may use your Apple ID and your phone number to use FaceTime and iMessage. iOS 6 lets you link your phone number to your Apple ID when you sign in to FaceTime or iMessage. This means that you can now use your iPhone telephone number with FaceTime and iMessage on other iOS devices (e.g.; iPod) and on Macs with OS X. This article explains how to link your iPhone telephone number to your Apple ID for use with FaceTime and iMessage. Here is how:

On your iPhone, tap Settings > FaceTime and sign in to your Apple ID then tap Settings  > Messages > Send & Receive and sign in to your Apple ID. You can also view which addresses are enabled with FaceTime and iMessage by tapping Settings > Messages > Send & Receive > “You can be reached by iMessage at:” or Settings > FaceTime > “You can be reached by FaceTime at:”.

Facetime settings


iMessage settings


On your Mac; Messages; navigate Messages > Preferences > Accounts tab and find the options of “You can be reached for messages at:”. Facetime; locate FaceTime > Preferences and find the options of  “You can be reached for calls at:”.

OSX messages


OS X Facetime Settings


After signing in to an Apple ID on your iPhone, iPad, iPod or Mac, you will see all addresses that are verified with the account. Tap (or click) an address to enable or disable it. To remove a phone number from an Apple ID, simply sign out of FaceTime and Messages on your device.



  1. A D H says

    I followed all the instructions on Ipad 2, but it still will only allow messaging and not facetime… :( I don’t know what else to do…can someone help!?

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