Today Apple quietly released a new tool which makes it easier for iPhone owners to deregister and turn off iMessage — something you might want to do if you ever switch to Android and still want to receive text messages.
Over the past year, Apple has found itself in hot water for a bug which prevents some former iPhone owners from receiving text messages sent by an Apple device to their new Android device. In fact, this matter was the subject of a class action lawsuit in May.
Apple’s tool should make it slightly easier for new Android (or even Windows Phone) device owners to make sure the switch goes as smoothly as possible — although it would’ve been nicer if Apple just automatically detected the switch. Previously, ex-iPhone users had to call Apple Care if they encountered any issues, as this Reddit users notes.
If you’ve encountered iMessage-related issues or plan on ditching your iPhone any time soon, you should probably bookmark this link.