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Apple iOS 11/iOS 12: Setting Up Text Message Forwarding

When the iOS 11/iOS 12 version was released, most Apple fans were happy to hear about the latest additions and improvements. Some aching software issues were supposed to be finally fixed and everyone was anxiously waiting to see how it goes. But it was also a segment of public more curious about the novelties. One new thing that the iPhone and iPad in iOS 11/iOS 12 gained access to was the Text Message Forwarding option.


What is the Text Message Forwarding feature?

This option is associated with the Messages service. What it does is to mirror every single text message that gets to your iPhone and reproduce it on your iPad or Mac Messages app.


Is this a default feature or how can you benefit from it?

No, text forwarding isn’t active by default and it actually requires a few things before you can even enable it. We are talking about:

  1. Using the same Apple ID on both devices involved in the Text Message Forwarding process;
  2. Signing into FaceTime using your own Apple ID;
  3. Adding an email address to iMessage.


How can I enable the Text Message Forwarding on iOS 11/iOS 12?

  1. Start from Settings, Messages;
  2. Go to Send & Receive;
  3. Tap on Use your Apple ID for iMessage;
  4. Type your Apple ID name;
  5. Type your Apple ID password;
  6. Select the email address associated with the Apple ID;
  7. Return to the iMessage settings;
  8. Tap on Text Message Forwarding.


How do I activate the service once I turn it On?

This is something that will be triggered by default, the moment you have activated the option with the steps from above. The device will create automatically a verification code, the one-time type of code. And the moment you input it into the phone as prompted, you’re good to go.


Just remember that for the Text Message Forwarding to be fully functional on your iPhone in iOS 11/iOS 12 or any other Apple device, you’ll have to follow the activation steps on each device! The good thing, however, is that you won’t have any Wi-Fi network restrictions and you won’t even be required to use the Bluetooth.

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