How to deregister your phone number from iMessage and get your texts back

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There’s finally a way out of the iMessage abyss. If you’ve ever switched from an iPhone to another type of smartphone, there’s a good chance you had difficulty removing your phone number from iMessage, which meant that text messages sent to your number could disappear forever. There was even a class action lawsuit about it. On Sunday, Apple quietly introduced a new page to its website that lets you deregister a phone number from iMessage, even if you no longer have your original iPhone. It’s easy — all you have to do is plug in a code that Apple texts to you. You can find the form on Apple’s website here.