3 things to do when text message forwarding isn’t working on your iPhone

What’s up! Happy New Year everyone.

Today I want to talk about Text Message Forwarding on your iPhone and some problems you might have experienced with it.

So, I don’t know if you knew this or not but when Apple dropped iOS 8.1 on us it included a pretty awesome feature known as SMS Sharing (or Text Message Forwarding with Continuity).  When you turn this thing on you’ll never miss a text message because all your texts will show up on all your Apple devices.

Awesome right?

How Text Message Forwarding Works

First you need to make sure both your iPhone and any devices you want to forward your text messages to are joined to the same Wi-Fi network.  It won’t work if they’re not connected to the same Wi-Fi network while you do this – so do that first.

Next, on your iPhone, hit the Settings app and then flick down until you see the green Messages App icon.

Flip the little on/off button to on so that iMessage is enabled then hit Text Message Forwarding.

All of your iCloud devices should show up with an on/off knob next to each one.  When you flip the knob to ON two things will happen:

  1. A short code will popup on the screen of that Apple device.
  2. Your iPhone will prompt you to enter the code that is currently displayed on that Apple device

After you enter the code, any text messages sent to your iPhone will also get automatically forwarded the device you selected.

Why Text Message Forwarding Fails

Alright, so what should you do if it just doesn’t work for you or the code never shows up?

If you check your logs you might see something like this:

01/92/17 8:01:00.101 PM imagent[602]: [Warning] ********** We received an imcomming pin code alert from a non SMS Device

Here’s my list of five tricks to make Text Message forwarding work on your iPhone.

  1. Make sure you have your iCloud email address enabled in your iMessage settings when you do this setup process or else you’ll never get the code.  You can turn it off after forwarding is established but it needs to be on during the setup attempt.
  2. If you’re waiting for the code to pop up on your Mac, flip iMessage off and then on again.  Then do the same thing on your Mac and that should kickstart the process.
  3. Your mobile number needs to be checked off in iMessages.  When you go to Settings and tap Messages

There you have it!

I hope this helps – leave a comment if you have any questions


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