How to Set Restriction on iMessage From iPhone/ iPad: Settings Grayed Out

Last Updated on Mar 26, 2020

New iMessage features (Bubble Effect, Screen Effects, and Handwritten text message) craze in the young generation really smashing. Officially there is no option for iMessage, so a parent can enable/ Disable Restriction on iMessage for use from iPhone/ iPad. iMessage activation and Deactivation now under parental control, Option on shown in restrictions option from the settings app. But deep learning about your account privacy this option pretty helpful showed here.

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This tip also helps as a real-time solution, in case your carrier charges on iMessage (International Usage, iMessage limits) or any other specific reason but you forgot. You quite imessage completely for your account follow the steps.

Compatible Models: Newer iPhone, iPhone 11 (Pro Max), iPhone XR, iPhone XS(Max), iPhone x, 8(Plus), 7(Plus), iPhone 6/ 6 Plus, iPhone 6S/ 6S Plus, iPhone 7 Plus/ 7, iPhone SE and iPad

Steps for Enable Restriction on iMessage from iPhone/ iPad


  1. Open Settings app on iPhone > Scroll to Screen Time settings.

    Screen time settings on iPhone

    Screen time settings on iPhone

  2. Next, Scroll to Content & Privacy Restrictions.

    Disable or Stop Account Changes on iPhone

    Disable or Stop Account Changes on iPhone

  3. Now, Scroll to Account changes.
  4. Select Allow, you can enable iMessage and Other Account settings on your iPhone settings app. If you select Don’t allow then the iMessage option will be grayed out under the iPhone settings app.

    Enable Imessage changes from restrictions

    Enable Imessage changes from restrictions

  5. That’s it.
  6. Account Changes don’t allow on your iPhone, iMessage grayed out.

    Account Changes Don't allow under screen time restrictions on iPhone

    Account Changes Don’t allow under screen time restrictions on iPhone

Note: After Removed screen time restriction for iMessage, still showing grayed out then contact your cellular carrier and verify your carrier is providing iMessage service free or with your plan.

iOS 11 and Older

  1. Go to the Settings app on the iPhone.
  2. Next, Tap on General.
  3. Under General, Tap on Restrictions. For the security validation enter passcode for making changes.

Set Restriction on iMessage from iPhone iPad

  • 4: Scroll Down, Under Allow Changes section. Tap on Accounts.

Enable Restriction on iMessage account

  • 5: Next, Tap on Don’t allow changes.
  • That’s it.

By enabling this, you can prevent modifying accounts from Mail, Contacts, and Calendars.

After choosing the above option, iMessage toggle not accessible to make changes from the settings app. You must Allow Changes under Account. See below screen,

Go to the Settings App > messages > iMessage.

iMessage Restriction for iOS 10

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Prevent your child, Young age teen enabling iMessage for messaging when you give iDevice. For batter privacy, we can also disable or restrict a new app installed from the App store. So there is no option for using an alternative chat or Messaging app.

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This option is only prevent from make changes related to iMessage from Device only. Turn on Restriction on iMessage doesn’t stop incoming iMessage or Sent iMessage from message app.

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