Can I for­ward text mes­sages?

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

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.

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