How to turn off iMessage and FaceTime on your new iPad

There’s a few different reasons you might buy a new iPad:

  • An ‘always’ device: something you’ll use for work and communication.
  • A ‘sometimes’ device: occasional reading, creative work or play time.

If you’re planning to use the iPad often, it could be very helpful to have iMessages and FaceTime configured and synchronised across all devices.

However, if you’re planning to use your iPad during your down-time, it’s better to turn off distracting notifications and unnecessary alerts.

Of course, you could simply turn off the notifications, but sometimes you might want to stop snooping friends or family from accessing your messages or call history when you’re not around.

Turning off iMessage on iPad

Unlike other pre-installed apps, it’s impossible to completely delete and uninstall the iMessage and FaceTime apps. But you can turn them off.

1. On your iPad, open Settings

2. Tap on your Apple Profile (Apple ID, iCloud, Media & Purchases

Tap on your Apple Profile, then open iCloud settings

3. Tap on iCloud

4. Then, turn off Messages

Turn off Messages

Turning off FaceTime on iPad

  1. On your iPad, open Settings
  2. Tap on FaceTime settings
  3. Then, turn off FaceTime within the panel
Open FaceTime settings, then turn off FaceTime

This will simply turn off iMessages and FaceTime on the iPad, but keep them activated on your other devices such as iPhone or iMac.

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