One of the best reasons to enter Apple’s ecosystem is iMessage, where you can more securely communicate with other Apple users and send and receive chats on all your connected iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac devices. While those blue bubble calls are synchronized across devices, the green bubbles – SMS and MMS texts – stay on your iPhone only unless you change a setting manually.
With Text Message Forwarding turned on, you can send SMS and MMS messages through the Messages app from any of your devices using your iPhone’s cellular plan. You can also receive incoming texts, so it̵
Requirements for forwarding text messages
First, all your Apple devices must support Continuity; if your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac are under five or six years old, it probably is. But to verify, these are the supported operating systems.
- iOS 8 or later on an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Mac OS X Yosemite or higher on a Mac.
Also, all your Apple devices must be signed into the same iCloud account. Chances are it will, especially if you already see your blue iMessage chats syncing everywhere. But if not, it’s easy to check:
- On iOS devices, go to Settings -> Messages -> Send & Receive then check if the email address for your Apple ID is the same on your other devices. If not, you can tap your Apple ID at the bottom and “Sign Out” at the prompt, then sign in with the Apple ID that the other devices are using.
- In macOS, open Messages, choose “Messages” from the menu bar, followed by “Preferences”, then click the “iMessage” tab to verify the email address. Click on “Unsubscribe” to use a different email address if necessary.
Enable devices to forward text messages
Once all devices are linked under the same iCloud account, all you have to do is go to Settings -> Messages -> Forward Text Messages on your iPhone. Here you can see all compatible Apple devices under your iCloud account. To run a text messaging device, turn on the switch. To disable text message forwarding, turn off the switch on the device.
If you’re not using two-factor authentication (2FA) for your Apple ID, you’ll see a verification code on each device that you enable text message forwarding for. Just enter that code on your iPhone when prompted.
If you don’t see the text message forwarding option, go to the main Messages preferences in Settings and turn off iMessage. Wait a moment, then turn it back on and go to “Send & Receive” to make sure you’re connected to the same Apple ID.
Now you can receive or send text messages from any of your secondary devices. You just need to make sure your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network, and your iPhone and at least one of your other devices are connected to each other via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
If you’ve also set up Messages in iCloud on all your devices, not only will you be able to see all your SMS and MMS messages, but you can use Tapback or delete messages, and it will all sync across all of your devices.
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