How to Forward a Text Message in iOS 7 on the iPhone 5

Sometimes you will receive a text message from someone that has a lot of important information that you need to share with someone else. However, it can be difficult to copy and paste in the Messages app, and re-typing a long text message is often an exercise in futility. Fortunately your iPhone 5 has a way for you to forward a text message to a different recipient, allowing you to share information received as a text message more easily.

Newer iPhone models and newer versions of iOS have this feature as well. Our iPhone text forwarding tutorial can show you how to use it on newer devices.

Forwarding Text Messages in iOS 7

This method is going to forward your selected text message as a new text message, so you will have the opportunity to edit information in the message before you send it, if necessary.

Step 1: Open the Messages app.

open the messages app

Step 2: Select the conversation containing the text message that you want to forward.

select the conversation containing the text message to forward

Step 3: Locate the desired text message, then touch and hold the text bubble. Note that this will work both for green text messages and blue iMessages.

locate the text message to forward

Step 4: Touch the More button.

touch and hold the message, then touch the more button

Step 5: Verify that the box to the left of the text message is checked, then touch the Forward icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen.

touch the forward button

Step 6: Enter the phone number or contact name of the desired recipient into the To field at the top of the screen, make any needed edits to the contents of the message, then touch the Send button.

how to forward a text message in ios 7 on the iphone 5

We have previously written about deleting individual text messages in iOS 7 as well.

If you’ve been having trouble sending iMessages then you may want to read our article on how to make messages green on iPhone so that you can try out using SMS for everything instead.

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