Downside Of Text Forwarding For Mac

Ever receive an iMessage that you really wanted to share with other people, but not publicly? Fortunately there’s a way to make that happen.

In Mail on Mac OS X Lion, is there a way to select an entire thread of messages and forward them to someone in a single e-mail? Ideally I'm looking for a simple command in Mail (press ⌘ while selecting, or something like that), but I'm open to a more complex (AppleScript?) solution. On the iPhone go to Settings Messages Text Message Forwarding (iPad & Mac using the same iCloud account should show up there) - Turn the slider to On (a message should appear telling you to enter the code shown on your iPad or Mac) - Open the message app on your iPad or Mac and wait until the code shows up.

Similar to email, users can forward an incoming or outgoing iMessage or SMS to other contacts within the Messages app. Follow along to learn how…

iPhone: How to forward iMessages or SMS

  1. If the activation code to set up text message forwarding is not showing up on your Mac, ensure that an email address is activated for iMessage on your iPhone. Once again, you can activate an email.
  2. Call and text forwarding. 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.
  1. Open Messages.app and find the message in question you’d like to forward.
  2. Lightly tap and hold the message you’d like to forward. Tap More…
  3. Tap the arrow icon in the bottom right. Type in the contact you’d like to forward the message to.
  4. Tap the blue (or green for SMS) send button.

It’s useful knowing how to forward an iMessage or SMS to others. Unlike copying, which is arguably easier, forwarding a message does not clog up your clipboard.

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Hi jello32,

Happy Holidays! The resource below will explain how to setup the Continuity feature and troubleshoot issues with SMS and Text Message Forwarding between your iPhone and iMac.



To use Continuity for SMS and MMS with your iPhone and your Mac, iPad or iPod touch


  • SMS requires an iPhone with iOS 8.1 and an activated carrier plan.
  • Your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch need to use iOS 8.1, and your Mac needs to use OS X Yosemite.
  • Sign in to iMessage on your iPhone, your other iOS devices, and your Mac using the same Apple ID.
  • On your iPhone:
    1. Go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive > You Can Be Reached By, and add a check to both your phone number and email address.
    2. Go to Messages > Text Message Forwarding, and enable the device(s) you would like to forward messages to.
  • Your Mac, iPad, or iPod touch will display a code. Enter this code on your iPhone to verify the SMS feature.


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If a Continuity feature like Handoff, phone calls, Instant Hotspot, or SMS messages isn't working the way you'd expect, make sure your devices meet the requirements. Then check your settings.

Check System Requirements

Make sure your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac meet the system requirements for Continuity, and for the specific features you want to use.

Check your settings

Check the following settings on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  • Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and turn on Wi-Fi if necessary.
  • Make sure your iOS devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network by going to Settings > Wi-Fi and comparing the name of the network each is on.
  • Go to Settings > Bluetooth and turn on Bluetooth if necessary.
  • Go to Settings > General > Handoff & Suggested Apps and make sure Handoff is on.
  • Go to Settings > Phone. If you see Wi-Fi Calling, turn it off.

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Check the following settings on your Mac:

  • Go to the Wi-Fi icon at the top of your screen and turn on Wi-Fi if necessary.
  • Make sure your Mac and iOS devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi on your iOS device and compare the name of the network with the Wi-Fi network on your Mac.
  • Go to the Bluetooth icon at the top of your screen and turn on Bluetooth if necessary.
  • In System Preferences > General, select “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.” If you don't see this setting, your Mac may not support Handoff.
  • Open the FaceTime app, go to FaceTime > Preferences and turn on “iPhone Cellular Calls.”
  • Go to System Preferences, and sign out and then sign in again to your iCloud account.

If your device can't access the Internet using Instant Hotspot


If you don't see the option to use your iPhone or cellular-enabled iPad as an available Wi-Fi network, make sure that your cellular provider has provisioned Personal Hotspot on your device.


I hope this information helps ....


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