With iMessage’s ability to sync all your messages across your iOS and Mac devices, it just might be the best communication tool for iPhone. However, not everyone uses Apple devices, so texting with some people still requires texting.
We all have a few green bubble contacts, but those conversations shouldn’t be excluded from the magic of auto-syncing on your Apple device. Not only can you read your SMS messages on your iPad or Mac, but you can even compose and send them. We will show you how.
How to receive SMS on iPad and Mac
Using texting through your iPad or Mac relies on a feature called Text Message Forwarding, but first you need to make sure that all the devices you want to connect are signed in to iMessage using the same Apple ID.
Setting up iMessage on iPad is similar to how you would on your iPhone and you can check out our guide to setting up iMessage on Mac for more tips.
Once this is configured, you can enable text message forwarding as follows:
- Open the Settings application on your iPhone.
- Faucet Text message forwarding.
Rock the On / off switches on iPad or Mac devices where you want to receive text messages.
Now, as long as your iPhone is on and connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network, any new SMS or MMS text messages (green text bubbles) you receive on your iPhone will be transferred to your selected devices. You can also reply to these text and multimedia messages using your iPad or Mac.
It may take a little while for everything to sync when you turn on the feature for the first time, but if that doesn’t work or you can’t find the text message forwarding setting, try disabling iMessage on all your devices. and activate it. again.
Beyond that, make sure that your devices all meet the minimum requirements for continuity. For SMS messaging, it’s any Mac running OS X Yosemite or newer, and it’s any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 8 or newer.
How to turn on messages in iCloud
Apple can keep all of your message history in iCloud so it’s always up to date and available on all your Apple devices, even brand new ones. Here’s how to activate it.
- Make sure you are logged in to the correct Apple ID on your iPhone, iPad and Mac that you want to sync.
- On your iPhone, go to Settings.
Tap on your Apple ID account, which is displayed at the top.
- Faucet iCloud.
Rock the ON OFF pass for messages.
- Open messages on your Mac.
Click on messages in the menu bar.
- Click on Preferences.
Click it iMessage tongue.
Click it check box next to Enable Messages in iCloud to have all of your messages, SMS, and iCloud synced to and from your Mac.
Never miss a message
With your SMS and MMS messages now displayed on your iPad and Mac, you won’t have to worry about missing an important message. Plus, you don’t need to pull out your iPhone every time you want to text someone, even your green bubble friends, which is super convenient!