Receive iPhone Text Messages on Your iPad Running iOS 13, iPadOS [Tutorial]

Jan 19, 2020
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Here's how you can receive your iPhone text messages on your iPad running iOS 13 and iPadOS, respectively. It takes a minute to set this up.

Send and Receive All Your iPhone Text Messages Straight from Your iPad for the Ultimate in Convenience

One of the wonderful things about Apple's ecosystem is the fact that you can pick up from where you left off on another device. This means that you can even send and receive iPhone text messages straight from your iPadOS-powered tablet as well. This is the ultimate in convenience if you're asking us, and if you haven't used this feature already then you are missing out big time. We'll show you how to set this up immediately.

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Step 1. Make sure your iPhone and iPad are signed in using the same Apple ID. Tap on Settings, then tap on the Apple ID section at the top. Compare both the iPhone and iPad and see if both are signed into the same ID.

Step 2. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Messages. Make sure the iMessage toggle switch is enabled and under Text Message Forwarding make sure your iPad is selected. If you have multiple iPads then select the one on which you want to receive your iPhone text messages or just select them all.

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Step 3. Give it a good minute or two for everything to sync up properly then launch the Messages app on your iPad.

Step 4. Create a new message for a contact that does not use iMessage. When the phone number turns green, it means that you are ready to send a text message. Just type away and hit Send.

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Remember, both your iPhone and iPad should have access to a data network or Wi-Fi in order to send and receive messages. Interestingly, if you don't have your iPhone with you and you left it at home connected to Wi-Fi or on cellular data, even then you can use your iPad to send text message. How cool is that?

If you are a new iOS 13 or iPadOS user, this feature is something you should try out immediately. The ability to interact with your iPhone text messages while not pulling out your phone is a blessing in disguise. In fact, there might even come a point where you will just stop using your phone less and less in favor of a bigger display.

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