Why Do Only Some of My Text Messages Go to My iPad?

Last updated on May 8th, 2023 at 12:45 pm

Many people that have both an iPhone and an iPad will use the same Apple ID for both devices. This allows you to share purchases between the devices, such as songs, movies, TV shows and apps.

But using the same Apple ID on an iPad and an iPhone will have some other effects as well. One of these effects is that you will receive some text messages on your iPad that are being sent to your iPhone. Some people like this feature a lot, and others find that the text messages on their iPad are unnecessary or distracting. If you are one of those people, you can read this article to learn how to turn off text messages on your iPad.

You might notice that I used the word “some” when I talked about text messages going to your iPhone and your iPad. This is because of a feature called iMessage.

sample imessage

iMessages are special text messages that are sent between individuals that are using Apple products with messaging capabilities, such as iPhones, iPads, Mac computers or iPod touches. An iMessage can also do things like sending confetti to other iMessage users.

These messages, unlike normal text messages that can be sent between individuals using different cell phones, are tied to your Apple ID. Since you are using the same Apple ID on your iPhone and your iPad and the iMessage feature is turned on, you are receiving iMessages that are being sent to your iPhone.

You can read our article on the difference between blue and green texts for additional coverage of this topic.

iMessages can be distinguished from normal text messages by the color of the text bubbles in the message conversation. Normal text messages will have green bubbles, while iMessages will have blue bubbles.

You can turn iMessage on or off on your iPad by navigating to Settings > Messages > iMessage

why do only some of my text messages go to my ipad

iMessaging is turned on when there is green shading around the button.

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You can learn more about iMessage here.

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