How to Turn On Text Message Forwarding on an iPhone

Being able to see and respond to text messages from multiple devices is important if you aren’t always using the same device.

Luckily there is a way to configure this on your iPhone so that you can receive these messages on other Apple devices like an iPad, iPod Touch, or even another iPhone.

You can continue reading below for more about the text forwarding iPhone feature so that you can start using it today.

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Our guide continues below with additional information about text forwarding iPhone options, including pictures of these steps.

Your iPhone is able to send both text messages and iMessages. It can send text messages to people with any kind of device that can receive an SMS, or it can send iMessages to people with Apple devices. It can even send a text message instead of an iMessage if the iMessage service isn’t working for some reason.

The iMessage service on your iPhone can also be used on other compatible devices that are using the same Apple ID. This provides a convenient way for you to continue your text conversations when you are using your Mac or iPad. But you will only receive iMessages on that Mac or iPad (rather than being able to both send and receive) unless you activate a feature on your iPhone called “Text Message Forwarding.

Fortunately, you can set up this feature in just a few minutes, then you can continue all of your text conversations off of your iPhone, even those that are occurring with people that aren’t using an Apple device.

There are a few different ways that you can share text messages via email. You can learn more with this how to copy text message to email on iPhone tutorial.

How to Enable Text Message Forwarding in iOS 10, iOS 11, and iOS 12

The steps in this article will assume that you have two iOS devices that share an Apple ID. By default, you should already be receiving iMessages on both of these devices. The steps below will enable you to also send and receive text messages on both devices. Click here to learn more about the difference between text and iMessages.

The first part of this article provides a quick overview of how to enable this forwarding. For more information with pictures, you can keep scrolling, or click here to jump to the full guide.

Full Guide – Text Forwarding iPhone Steps with Pictures

This guide was performed using an iPhone that was running the iOS 12 operating system, but these steps still work for newer iPhone models, in newer versions of iOS like iOS 15.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

tap settings

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Messages option.

open messages

Step 3: Tap the Text Message Forwarding button.

select text message forwarding

Step 4: Tap the button to the right of the device on which you wish to receive and send text messages.

turn on text message forwarding for a listed device

Step 5: Retrieve the activation code from the second device.

get activation code from device

Step 6: Enter the code on your iPhone, then tap the Allow button.

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Now you will be able to receive and send text messages from both of these devices.

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Summary: How to Send and Receive SMS Messages on an iPhone 7 from Another Device

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Open Messages.
  3. Select Text Message Forwarding.
  4. Tap the button to the right of the device.
  5. Get the activation code from that device.
  6. Enter the activation code on your iPhone., then touch the Allow button.

Now that you have completed the steps to configure your text forwarding iPhone setup, you may have some other questions about how this works.

Frequently Asked Questions About Text Forwarding on an iPhone

Can I forward my text messages to another iPhone?

By using the Settings > Messages > Text Message Forwarding technique that we discussed you can forward your text messages from one iPhone to another.

However, both of those iPhones need to be using the same Apple ID.

Can you automatically forward text messages?

Yes, you are able to automatically send text messages to other Apple devices that are signed in to iMessage with the same Apple ID as your iPhone.

You can verify that this is set up with these steps:

1. Open Settings.
2. Choose Messages.
3. Select Text Message Forwarding.
4. Turn on the option for the device where you want to receive text message forwards.

Why is there no text message forwarding on my iPhone?

If you don’t see an option for text message forwarding when you open the Messages menu, then you might need to toggle the iMessage option on and off. You can do that with these steps.

1. Open Settings.
2. Choose Messages.
3. Turn off iMessage.
4. Turn iMessage back on.
5. Touch the Send & Receive button.
6. Select Use your Apple ID for iMessage.
7. Sign in with the Apple ID that you are using on the other Apple device that you want to use for forwarding.

How do I forward calls and texts from one cell phone to another iPhone?

You can forward texts using the steps above where you activate text message forwarding on the Settings > Messages > Text Message Forwarding menu.

If you want to set up call forwarding then you will need to go to Settings > Phone > Calls on Other Devices.

You will then need to enable the Allow Calls on Other Devices option, then elect to allow calls on the devices listed below.

If you have a GSM cellular provider then you should also see a Call Forwarding option on the Phone menu that you can configure as well.

If you have a CDMA cellular provider then you will need to contact them to use the Call Forwarding feature.

Can two phones receive the same text message?

Aside from using the text message forwarding setup that we discussed above which allows you to forward text messages to another Apple device that uses the same Apple ID, you would need to use a third-party app if you wanted to configure text message mirroring on two devices.

You could also use something like Whatsapp on multiple devices as an alternative.

Our guide continues below with additional discussion about how to forward a text message on an iPhone.

More Information About the Text Message Forwarding Setting on an iPhone

As you can see from the information above, there are some options available if you want the text messages from your Messages app to go to another device, provided that it is using the same Apple ID.

If you don’t want this to happen with all of the MMS messages you receive, or if you don’t want to forward SMS messages to other Apple ID account devices, then you can also choose to forward messages on a case-by-case basis.

If you tap Messages, open the conversation, then tap and hold on the message you want to forward, you will see a pop-up menu with a few options.

If you select More from the bottom of that list, it will select the message, and then you can tap Forward at the bottom-right corner of the screen and elect to send it to another contact or iOS device.

If your cellular provider supports Wi-Fi Calling, then it is definitely a feature that you should consider setting up, especially if your cellular reception is bad at your home or work. Click here to see how to enable Wi-Fi Calling on your iPhone.

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