Setting up text message forwarding in iOS 8.1 or later

Hi all
I am here to proudly bring you instructions on how to set up text message forwarding under iOS 8.1 and later.
First, you must have an iPhone 4s or later running at least iOS 8.1. Second, you must have any iPad or iPod Touch, also running at least iOS 8.1. If you plan to enable your mac for text message forwarding, it must be running OS X Yosemite or later.
Now that's out the way let's get started.
1. On your iPhone, go to settings, double tap messages then double tap text message forwarding.
2. Double tap on a device to turn it on. The device displayed should look like this:
chris's macbook pro
3. You will be prompted to enter the six digit number displayed on the device you are setting up for text message forwarding. Please enter the number exactly as shown. Once done, double tap allow.
The iPad or iPod Touch needs to be unlocked in order for the number to be shown. The mac needs to have the Messages app open and in the foreground before the number will be displayed.
4. If successful, your device will be enabled for text message forwarding!
5. (optional) Now do this for any other device(s) you wish to set up for text message forwarding.
To use it, simply compose or reply to a message on your iPad, iPod Touch or Mac, as if it was an iMessage, except now you can also compose and reply to SMS messages and, if enabled and supported by your carrier, MMS messages.
Standard messaging rates may apply.
Hope you find this guide useful, and enjoy!
P.S. I appreciate any comments good or bad on this guide. Thank you!



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This title is somewhat confusing

Club AppleVis Member

Might want to call it something like "Setting up Text Messaging Forwarding Under iOS 8.1" or something to that effect.

Where's the code?

I'm trying to set this up for my Macbook, but no code shows up. Where do I go to find it?

In my case it didn't appear

In my case it didn't appear until I opened the Messages app and it was in the foreground.

how to make sure the code appears

Club AppleVis Member

All you have to do is make sure, in messages preferences, is that your phone number is checked in the table of possible was to send the iMessage from. Then do the steps in the guide and you'll be fine.

Hello everyone.

Hello everyone.

Thanks for your comments.

Indeed, that's right, your device(s) you wish to use must be set that your phone number is used and enabled in either iMessage settings or Messages preferences.

Again, thank you for your comments.

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I was trying to set up text forwarding from an activated iPhone X to an unactivated iPhone 6s. Nothing was working. Apple support was able to partially solve the problem. I finally took out the SIM card on the unactivated phone and now it works although I’m still getting the bogus “waiting for activation” message.

text forwarding not working

I just set up my old iphone 6 and as ipod and have all of my settings correct, took out the sim card, and I still can't send text messages, but can receive them. Apple support could not help me and said it should be working. Any tips? Thanks