Forward SMS/MMS text messages from your iPhone to your Mac or iPad

With Text Message Forwarding, the SMS/MMS messages that you send and receive on your iPhone can appear on your Mac or iPad as well. Then you can continue the conversation from the device you want.


When someone sends you an SMS or MMS message on your iPhone, it will appear as a green bubble, and iMessages will appear as blue bubbles. When you set up Text Message Forwarding, you can send and receive the SMS and MMS messages from your iPhone on any device that meets the Continuity system requirements.

You can also use iCloud to keep your entire messages history updated and available on all of your devices, even when you set up a new device. Find out how to keep all of your messages in iCloud.

Automatically forward texts to your other devices

  1. Make sure you’ve signed in to iMessage with the same Apple ID on each device:

    • iPhone or iPad: Check the Apple ID displayed in Settings > Messages > Send & Receive.

    • Mac: Open the Messages app, choose Messages > Settings (or Preferences), then click iMessage. Check the Apple ID displayed.

  2. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Messages > Text Message Forwarding.

    • If you can’t see Text Message Forwarding, go to Settings > Messages. Turn off iMessage, then turn it back on. Tap Send & Receive, tap Use Your Apple ID for iMessage, then sign in with the same Apple ID used on your other devices.

  3. Choose which devices can send and receive text messages from your iPhone:

  4. If you choose a device that isn’t using two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, a verification code will appear on each of your other devices. Enter that code on your iPhone.

As long as your iPhone is turned on and connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile network, new SMS/MMS texts can be sent and received on the devices you’ve added.

Manually forward texts

  1. Touch and hold the message bubble you want to forward, then tap More.

  2. Select additional text messages, if desired.

  3. Tap ForwardForward and enter a recipient.

  4. Tap SendSend.

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