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Fix Sharing Name and Photo not Available on iMessage/FaceTime on iOS and macOS

Is sharing name and photo not available on iMessage or FaceTime on your iPhone/iPad or Mac? If you are facing this problem, you can follow this article to fix this issue.

Since iOS 13, Apple has introduced sharing name and photo feature for iMessage and FaceTime. It is also available on macOS BigSur and will be continued on macOS monetary and iOS 15 too. While most people are getting benefits from this feature, some are encountering an error. A few people may see that sharing name and photo is not available on iMessage or FaceTime. But, the Good thing is you can easily get rid of this problem.

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How to Enable Name and Photo Sharing on iPhone/iPad and Mac

If you have not enabled the name and photo sharing yet or don’t know how to do it, follow these steps.

For iPhone/iPad-

  • At first, Go to Messages.
  • Now, Tap on three dots on the top left corner.
  • Then, Go to Edit Name and Photo.
  • Now, Enable Name and Photo Sharing.
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Alternatively, You can go to Settings>Messages>Share Name and Photo. Then, Enable it by choosing your Photo/emoji.

For Macbook/iMac/MacMini/Mac Pro-

  • At first, Open Messages app on macOS.
  • Now, Navigate to Messages > Preferences from Menu. Or You can press Command + , from the keyboard. It will automatically open the preferences window.
  • Now, From the general tab, click on Setup Name and Photo Sharing.
  • Then, Continue setting it up and choose your photo and you are done.

But, While setting up the name and photo sharing, if it may show the following the error message-

Sharing name and photo is not available because iCloud and iMessage accounts are different or aren’t signed in.

It may appear on iOS 15, 14, 13. In some cases, a Similar error may show up on macOS. It happens more when you try to enable that feature for the first time. But, At the second attempt, it may get fixed automatically. If it keeps appearing repeatedly, you can follow the next part of this article for solutions.

How to Fix Sharing Name and Photo not Available on iMessage/FaceTime

In past, I had seen the same error in my iPhone. But, I was able to get rid of the problem. If you are facing the same error, try these methods one by one. Any of these should fix sharing name and photo unavailable problem.

1. Enable/Re-Enable iMessage and FaceTime

When you encounter this error, as the very first solution, this method is very effective. If iMessage and FaceTime is not enabled on your iPhone/iPad, you still may get the option to share your name and photo. But, When you try it, iOS will show you the error message. So, At first, you should make sure that you have enabled iMessage and FaceTime. If it was already enabled, you can disable and re-enable it. Here are the instructions.

  • At first, Go to Settings > Messages.
  • Now, Enable the Switch Next to the iMessage.

If you are on Mac, you can follow these steps.

  • Open Messages and go to preferences like before.
  • Now, Go to iMessage tab and enable it.

After enabling, try to set up your name and photo again. It should fix sharing name and photo sharing not available error.

2. Set Up Send and Recieve Address

This is the best method to resolve this problem. If the first one failed, you can try this one. Sometimes, The problem may appear because send and received addresses are not configured properly. If only your phone number is enabled for send and receive iMessage or FaceTime calls, you may see that error. In this case, You should set your iCloud email address along with the phone number as send/receive address. It will solve sharing name and photo sharing not available on iMessage/FaceTime error. To do it, follow these instructions.

For iOS-

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  • At first, Go to Settings > Messages on your iPhone.
  • Now, Go to Send & Recieve.
  • Then, Tick your phone number as well as iCloud email address in “You can receive iMessages to and Reply from” section. For Start New Conversations, only Phone numebr should okay.
  • If there is no iCloud email, tap on “Use your Apple ID for iMessage.”

For macOS-

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  • At first, Open the Messages app like befor and go to its preferences.
  • Now, In iCloud Tab, tick both iCloud email and phone number in “You can be reached for messages at” section.

Now, Try to enable name and photo sharing. It should work.

3. Remove All Apple ID and Re-Add One

I believe the first two methods are enough to fix name and photo sharing not available error on iMessage or FaceTime. However, If somehow the error still keeps bugging you, removing and re-adding the Apple ID is a solution to follow. To do it, follow these steps.

To remove iCloud account/Apple ID-

  • At first, Go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts > iCloud.
  • Now, Tap Sign Out to remove your accounts.

To add iCloud Account/Apple ID-

  • At first, Go to Settings.
  • Now, Tap on “Sign in to your iPhone.”
  • Then, Login with your Apple ID.

After re-adding Apple ID, follow the first two methods again. I hope you will no longer encounter this problem.

These are the best ways to fix sharing name and photo not available error on iPhone/iPad or even Mac. If you know any other methods that work, you can input in the comment box.

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