Text messages and Apple Watch

ivantwilliams

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If one does NOT have iMessage on, and only uses Text messages, will one receive the notification on the Apple Watch?

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ivantwilliams

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From time to time, I swap between devices (iOS and Android - S9+). So, having iMessage off, from time to time, is the better long term solution. But, I could have sworn I read a while back that if iMessage is off, iOS does not 'forward' SMS/Text. Hence my question...
 
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za9ra22

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... But, I could have sworn I read a while back that if iMessage is off, iOS does not 'forward' SMS/Text. Hence my question...
What does that actually mean?

Given that Messages is the default app in iOS for handling texts, if you have not logged in to it, and have no third-party app installed for receiving and handling texts, how would you expect a text to get to your iPhone at all?

I may be rather dumb on this subject, because I'm not much into texting, but I would have expected any third-party texting app to have notification preferences in broadly the same way that Messages does - thus likely able to echo to the watch.
 

Waterman316

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I get texts from people who don’t have iPhones and they come through on my watch. Same thing your talking about basically isn’t it?
 
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ivantwilliams

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Honestly, what was I thinking, asking question(s) on a forum...

What does that actually mean?

Given that Messages is the default app in iOS for handling texts, if you have not logged in to it, and have no third-party app installed for receiving and handling texts, how would you expect a text to get to your iPhone at all?

I may be rather dumb on this subject, because I'm not much into texting, but I would have expected any third-party texting app to have notification preferences in broadly the same way that Messages does - thus likely able to echo to the watch.
 

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This has nothing to do with your question, but I’m so fed up deleting messages twice, once in iPhone and then again in the AW.

(It’s all those crappy activation code messages that I want deleted, and the Uber code spam messages, that clog up)
 
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Vermifuge

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I understand what app is saying...

Consideration
A. Because iMessages does not deactivate immediately (When moving from IOS to a competing platform) an undetermined number of messages / or days could elapse before normal SMS messaging returns.
B. OP Often Switches between Android and iOS... so iMessages is impractical

Question, Does an Apple watch mirror SMS on the App watch without using iMessages.

I haven't done this myself but someone might know the answer, I guess the only real concern is Apple Watch only works with iOS so the watch is sort of just a fashion accessory when you swap to an android device.
 

ivantwilliams

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This evening, after returning from watching Venom (it was actually pretty good!), I tested this myself.
If iMessage is off, on the Watch you still get SMS/Text.

However, with iMessage off, you lose the option to receive SMS/Text messages on your iPad or iMac (I have both).
So, in short, if you have multiple iOS devices, and want SMS/Text on them all, you are simply 'forced' to use iMessage.

I suppose it is all part of being locked into the ecosystem. As they say, there is a 'cost' for convenience :)
 
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