Many Apple users use iMessage and Facetime only with their cellular number but if you want these to be working on your non-cellular devices like Macs and iPads, you’ll need to have your Apple ID registered on these apps as well. And you can do that by tapping on the “Use your Apple ID for iMessage” or “Use your Apple ID for Facetime” options for the respective apps.
But a lot of users face issue with it and reports that the “Use your Apple ID for iMessage” or “Use your Apple ID for Facetime” don’t work at all or gets greyed out after selecting. If you are also facing the same issue then there are a number of things that you need to know about this option to get the answer and solution to your problem. Let’s begin.
Why is the “Use your Apple ID for iMessage/ Facetime” option missing?
The Use your Apple ID option is used to register your Apple ID to the iMessage and Facetime apps and if you already have your Apple ID linked to these services, then there is no point for Apple to provide that option. Instead, you’ll see your linked Appl ID mentioned there.
Hence if you are seeing the “Use your Apple ID for iMessage or Facetime” option, then there is nothing to worry about as your Apple ID is already being used by these apps. There is nothing wrong with your device too.
How to Fix the “Use your Apple ID for iMessage/ Facetime” not working or greyed out
This generally happens when you don’t have a strong and stable internet connection. However, you can also face this issue if there is some problem with Apple’s servers going on. But the latter one is pretty uncommon.
Hence it is highly advised to have a stable internet connection while registering your Apple ID to your iMessage and Facetime app. When you tap on the “Use your Apple ID for iMessage” or “Use your Apple ID for Facetime” option, Apple does all the job on its own to retrieve the Apple ID that you are using on your phone and then serves the upcoming steps.
But if there is some issue with the internet or Apple’s servers, it can take a couple of minutes instead of seconds to get the process done. In the meantime, the “Use your Apple ID” option will get greyed out as Apple is already working on it.
What you can do here is ensure you have a good internet connection and just wait patiently for the process to get completed.
Additionally, you can also try basic troubleshooting like:
- Relaunch the Settings, iMessage, and Facetime apps.
- Reboot your iOS device.
- Reset the Network Settings of your iPhone.
How to use a different Apple ID in iMessage and Facetime
Now, if you are looking for the “Use your Apple ID” option because you want to use a different Apple ID on these apps, you can do that as well. here’s how.
Use a different Apple ID in iMessage
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iOS device and go to the Messages option.
Step 2: On the next screen, tap on the Send & Receive option.
Step 3: Here, tap on your Apple ID located at the bottom.
Step 4: On the screen popup that appears, tap on the Sign Out option.
Step 5: Doing so will greet you with the “Use your Apple ID for iMessage” option. Tap on it to set a different Apple ID as per your need.
Use a different Apple ID in Facetime
Step 1: Open the Settings app and go to Facetime.
Step 2: On the Facetime settings screen, scroll down and tap on your Apple ID.
Step 3: Select the Sign Out option from the popup that appears.
Step 4: Once you are signed out, you’ll see the “Use your Apple ID for Facetime” option. Tap on it and Sign in with your desired Apple ID to use it in your Facetime app.
Facetime and iMessage are an integral part of Apple’s ecosystem and those who are indulged in this ecosystem can’t avoid using these services. These services work seamlessly across all Apple devices. Be it a cellular device or not, you can use both Facetime and iMessage wherever and whenever you want. And this is because these services can serve their purposes using both, your Apple ID and your Mobile number.
But if you are not seeing the “Use your Apple ID” option for Facetime or iMessage there is nothing to worry about as your Apple ID is already being used by these apps. As far as the greyed-out issue is concerned, it happens when your device is already working on adding your Apple ID to these apps. Hence you just have to wait patiently with a good internet connection.
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