How to Turn On Text Message Forwarding on Mac & iPad

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Before the release of iOS 8, you didn’t have the ability to send Android- or SMS-based text messages from your Mac. You could only send and receive Apple iMessage or iPhone-based texts.

Now that iOS 8 is here, you have a lot more flexibility when it comes to texting, thanks to the closer integration with OS X. With Apple’s text message forwarding you can set up your Apple computers and even your iPad to send and receive Android/SMS-based text messages.

Want to give it a try? Power on your iPhone and follow the simple steps below.

1. Tap on Settings.
2. Tap on Messages.

iPhone Settings screen

3. On the Message screen, tap Text Message Forwarding.

iPhone Messages screen

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4. Tap the name of the device (Mac, iPad) on which you want to enable text message forwarding.

Text Message Forwarding screen on iPhone with various devices listed

5. A code will appear on the computer or iPad. Enter that code into your iPhone, as shown below, and then tap Allow.

Code prompt box for Text Message Forwarding on iPhone screen

You’re now able to send and receive SMS text messages on your secondary device.

This is a great way to stay in touch with friends and colleagues without having to always pick up your iPhone anytime you get a text message or want to send one. Just do it right from whatever device you’re working on and then pick up with what you were doing. We can all use help staying productive, and text message forwarding on your Apple devices is one more way to keep you on track.

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