How to Enable Text Message Forwarding on an iPhone 5

You may already know that iMessages can be sent and received by Apple devices that are sharing the same iMessage account, but you might have been wishing that you could also send and receive text messages from devices other than your iPhone. Fortunately Apple added this feature in an update for iOS 8, and that behavior is now possible.

Our guide below will show you how you can enable your iPad to also send and receive text messages with the phone number attached to your iPhone. So continue reading so that you can start communicating via text on your iPad with people that are not using iMessage.


Turn On Text Message Forwarding in iOS 8

This feature is only available in iOS 8. These steps will not work for earlier versions of the operating system.

Note that you will need to have the device that you will be using for the forwarding nearby, as you need to enter a code that will be sent to that device. Additionally, iMessage will need to be enabled on that device. You can turn on iMessage by going to Settings > Messages on your iPad and touching the button to the right of iMessage.


Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open the settings menu



Step 2: Scroll down and select the Messages option.

open the messages menu



Step 3: Touch the Text Message Forwarding button.

touch the text message forwarding button



Step 4: Touch the button to the right of the device on which you want to receive your iPhone’s text messages.

touch the button to the right of the device



Step 5: Retrieve the code from the device, then enter it into the field on your iPhone screen and press the Allow button.

enter the code, then touch the allow button



If you decide later that you do not like this feature, then simply return to the screen in Step 4 and turn it off.


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