How to Turn On Text Message Forwarding on an iPhone 7

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 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.


How to Enable Text Message Forwarding in iOS 10

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 device. Click here to learn more about the difference between text and iMessages.

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.

how to turn on text message forwarding on an iphone 7



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

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

  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.


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. newsletter
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