How to use iMessage with WiFi (A How-to Guide)

Imessage is one of the best free ways to send messages from one iPhone to another iphone user irrespective of their locations or destination. The get the best out of your iMessage is to use it with an active Wi-Fi as that means you are using imessage for free without paying for any dime fee.

Even when you are cellular data imessage is still free just that you will have to pay your ISP a fee for the data plan.

Looking at the topic of the post, how to use iMessage with WiFi. You don’t even need to ask this question if you have an active Wi-Fi around you. You simply have to connect your iPhone to the Wi-Fi and you are good to go.

Don’t worry I will explain how you can go about it.

How to use iMessage with WiFi

How to use iMessage with WiFi?

To use imessage with Wi-Fi on your iPhone or iPad, first you have to connect your device to any available Wi-Fi around you and make sure internet is active on your device, then you can start using imessage to send imessages.

Let me guess that asking the question of how to use iMessage with WiFi is because you are looking for how to connect your phone or iPad to Wi-Fi, don’t worry as I will explain that to you.


Getting a free wifi isn’t that easy as they are always protected with a strong password and those that are open to use are usually very slow in speed. Hospitals, schools, offices, hotels, airports, etc do have a Wi-Fi but they are usually protected.

But you can decide to give it a try. Maybe look for a nearby hotel or office and turn on your Wi-Fi to see if there will be any available Wi-Fi around you. Definitely you will see but they usually have passwords except if you are in the airport.

Getting a free Wi-Fi is very difficult and I don’t recommend looking for a way to hack someone’s Wi-Fi.

So here’s the best way to use iMessage with WiFi and this requires you to get Wi-Fi from your house.

Buy a wireless router and modem: The first step to enabling Wi-Fi at home is to get a wireless router if you don’t have one already as it is very important when it comes to connecting your devices to Wi-Fi at home.  Remember, right now in 2022, both wireless router and modem are combined in one device.

Connect your wireless router: Broadband modems come in a number of styles, but each one has a unique set of features. LAN (local area network) port If you’ve been using wired internet, your LAN cable should already be hooked into this port.

Look for a label that says “OUT” or “to router” on one of the LAN ports if there are more than one.

Plug one end of a LAN cable into the modem and the other end into the “IN” port on your wireless router once you’ve found the LAN port on your modem or gateway. As also, make sure both devices are powered up.

Configure your wireless network: Begin by connecting to your wireless gateway, either by putting your computer into one of the device’s spare LAN ports or by using the default network name (included either on the device o in your documentation).

Then, following the accompanying instructions, log in to your router (usually by typing an IP address like into your web browser’s address bar). If you like, change the network name, and make sure to use a password that is both memorable and safe. If you have a choice, go with WPA2 encryption, which is the safest. Before leaving, make sure you hit “Save.”

Connecting your iPhone or iPad

Once you have an active Wi-Fi in your house, you are now set to use iMessage with WiFi instead of a cellular data. So all you need to do is to turn on Wi-Fi on your iPhone or iPad, it will search for an available Wi-Fi and you should see your modem, kindly connect your iPhone or iPad to it.

It shouldn’t take more than three seconds to connect and you now have an active internet connection on your device.

Once your device is connected to your home Wi-Fi, you can then open your message app and send imessages using your home Wi-Fi.

Your first time on Imessage? 

If you have not used imessage and this is your first time, let me shoe you how to activate iMessage on iphone and iPad.

How do I activate my iMessage?

To activate imessage on iphone and iPad, you have to open the settings app and scroll down to messages and open it. The first option you will see is the imessage and if it is turned off, you have to turn it on and by doing so you have activated imessage on your iPhone and iPad.

How to use iMessage with WiFi

Once you have enabled imessage and have an active internet connection, you can now go ahead and send imessages by opening the message app and you are good to go.

Can I use iMessage with WiFi only?

Yes of course. You can use imessage with Wi-Fi as cellular data and cellular network isn’t compulsory when it comes to sending iMessages.

What matters most when it comes to imessage is internet connection whether it is Wi-Fi or cellular data. However, if it is sending sms text message, then you must have a sim card in your iPhone and an active cellular network service.

For imessage, you only need an active internet connection.

How do you send Messages through WiFi on iPhone?

To send messages through Wi-Fi on on iphone, you can use imessage, Google voice, whatsapp or any other instant messaging apps.

There’s a method which someone can send a text message over Wi-Fi but the truth is that it is not supported on all networks. To send messages through Wi-Fi on iphone, I recommend using imessage if the recipient is another fellow ios user.

But if the recipient is an android phone user, then I recommend you to use whatsapp or preferably Google voice.

Using whatsapp the recipient must have an active whatsapp account but the case is different when sending messages via google voice. Even if the recipient doesn’t have a google voice account or the app on it’s cell phone, the text message will still be delivered.

Learn more about Google voice and how it works.

How to send iMessage instead of text

To send imessage instead of text, I recommend you to disable send as sms on your iPhone and this will prevent you from sending text but instead imessage. However, this will prevent you from sending messages to a non iphone user like android user or someone using a feature phone.

But here’s the truth.

As long as you sending a message to another iphone user, it will be an imessage unless the recipient imessage is disabled or not available then the imessage will be sent a sms text message.

Does iMessage work without a SIM?

Being an instant messaging service, imessage doesn’t necessarily need a sim card as it can work without it as long as there’s an active Wi-Fi connection.

If there’s no active Wi-Fi connection, then you have to use a cellular data for your iMessage and this requires a sim card and cellular data.

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I'm Amaechi Uchenna by name, a mobile tech enthusiast who love writing articles about tips and tutorials especially relating to gadgets.

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