Call and text for­ward­ing

Send and re­ceive calls and texts on your Mac and other de­vices

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Now it no longer mat­ters if your iPhone is in another room when you re­ceive a call or a text mes­sage. Pro­vided that there’s a Mac or other Ap­ple de­vice to hand, there’s no need to rush to the iPhone to re­spond: iOS 8.1 al­lows your phone to for­ward voice calls and SMS or MMS mes­sages to your iPad, your iPod touch and even your Mac.

We say for­ward, but in fact all of your de­vices – in­clud­ing your iPhone – will at­tract your at­ten­tion, mean­ing there’s less pres­sure on you to keep your phone on your per­son. It works in the op­po­site di­rec­tion too, en­abling you to ini­ti­ate calls and send SMS and MMS mes­sages from those de­vices by rout­ing calls and texts over Wi-Fi back to your iPhone.

As in the case of other Con­ti­nu­ity fea­tures in iOS and OS X, there are a cou­ple of con­di­tions to meet be­fore your iPhone can start for­ward­ing calls and mes­sages to other de­vices. All of your de­vices need to be signed into the same iCloud ac­count as your iPhone, and they also need to be con­nected to the same Wi-Fi net­work as the iPhone.

Phone calls are for­warded to the FaceTime app on your other de­vices. This fea­ture is au­to­mat­i­cally en­abled for you, but you don’t have to ac­cept it on all of your de­vices – if you’d rather not re­ceive calls on your Mac or iPad, the fea­ture can be turned off on in­di­vid­ual de­vices and left en­abled on oth­ers – what­ever suits you. Con­ver­sa­tions by SMS and MMS take place in the Mes­sages app on both iOS and OS X. Alan Stone­bridge

Work­ing in the study, but left your iPhone in the lounge? Just pick up the call from your Mac!

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