How to Unlink iPad and iPhone Text Messages: A Step-by-Step Guide

Ever found yourself in a pickle because your iPad is receiving all the text messages intended for your iPhone? It can be quite a hassle, especially if you’re trying to keep things separate for work and personal use. Don’t worry, unlinking your iPad and iPhone text messages is a straightforward process.

Step by Step Tutorial: Unlinking iPad and iPhone Text Messages

Before diving into the steps, it’s essential to understand that the following instructions will disable the ‘Text Message Forwarding’ feature. This means your messages will only appear on the device they were sent to, rather than being shared across all your Apple devices.

Step 1: Open Settings on your iPhone

Navigate to the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone to begin the process.

When you open the Settings app, you will see a list of options. Scroll down until you find ‘Messages’ and tap on it to access the message settings.

Step 2: Tap on ‘Send & Receive’

Inside the Messages settings, look for the ‘Send & Receive’ option and select it.

This option lets you manage the email addresses and phone numbers that can send and receive messages on your iPhone.

Step 3: Select the ‘Text Message Forwarding’ option

Within the ‘Send & Receive’ settings, you’ll notice the ‘Text Message Forwarding’ feature. Tap on it to see which devices are connected.

If this option is not visible, it means your iMessage is either not set up or not activated.

Step 4: Turn off the switch next to your iPad

You’ll see a list of devices that are currently linked for message forwarding. Find your iPad in the list and toggle the switch to the off position.

Disabling this switch will stop your text messages from being sent to your iPad.

Once you complete these steps, your iPad will no longer receive text messages sent to your iPhone. It’s a simple way to ensure that your messages stay on the device they were meant for, thus maintaining your privacy and organization.

Tips: Enhancing Your Messaging Experience

  • Always ensure both devices are updated to the latest iOS version for a smoother experience.
  • If you wish to re-link your devices in the future, simply follow the steps above and toggle the switch back on.
  • Consider using separate Apple IDs if you want to keep your iPad and iPhone completely independent of each other.
  • Remember to check the ‘Send & Receive’ settings periodically, especially after iOS updates, as they can sometimes reset preferences.
  • You can also use the ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature on your iPad if you don’t want to receive any notifications, including messages, for a certain period.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will unlinking my devices delete any messages?

No, unlinking your devices will not delete any existing messages. It only stops new messages from being forwarded.

Can I still use iMessage on my iPad after unlinking?

Yes, you can still use iMessage on your iPad with its own Apple ID or phone number.

What if I don’t see the ‘Text Message Forwarding’ option?

If you don’t see this option, it’s likely because iMessage is not activated on your iPhone. Check under ‘Messages’ in Settings to ensure it’s turned on.

Can I link my iPad with another iPhone?

Yes, you can link your iPad with another iPhone by following the same steps and turning on the switch next to the new iPhone.

Will this affect FaceTime calls?

No, unlinking text messages will not affect FaceTime calls. FaceTime uses a different setting and will remain functional.


  1. Open Settings on iPhone
  2. Tap ‘Send & Receive’
  3. Select ‘Text Message Forwarding’
  4. Turn off the switch next to iPad


Unlinking your iPad and iPhone text messages can help you maintain a better work-life balance, keep your personal conversations private, and just make life a little less cluttered. By following the steps laid out in this article, you can easily manage where your messages appear, and you’ll be well on your way to a more organized digital life. Remember, technology is here to make our lives easier, not more complicated. So take control of your devices and customize them to work for you.

If you’ve found this article helpful, consider sharing it with friends or family who might also benefit from learning how to unlink iPad and iPhone text messages. And, as always, stay tuned for more tips and tricks to get the most out of your Apple devices. Happy messaging!

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