Can I forward text messages?
Q I’m trying to set my iPhone to forward text messages to my email. I thought this was possible, but I’ve had no success. Text Message Forwarding to my iPad and iMac is on, but messages never appear. Caroline Hatton
A Text Message Forwarding doesn’t forward messages to your email account per se, but to the Messages app on other devices signed into the same iCloud account as your iPhone. It sounds as if your devices aren’t properly paired for this.
When you turn on the switch next to a device’s name in Settings > Messages > Text Message Forwarding on your iPhone, a confirmation code is sent to that device, much like when pairing Bluetooth devices. This only happens if you have enabled the email address associated with your Apple ID as one of the ways you can be reached.
To fix this, first swipe all the devices off in the Text Message Forwarding settings on your iPhone. Next, go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive and ensure the email address associated with your Apple ID is added to the list of ways you can be reached and has a tick next to it. Now you can re-enable message forwarding to your other devices. Provided they are switched on and signed into iCloud, a dialog with a confirmation code, and also a dialog on your phone where you can enter this code to complete the pairing.
Messages needs your Apple ID’s associated email address to set up text message forwarding. You can remove it after pairing.