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iPhone Texts only go to one device...

StarShot

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My texts messages used to repeat on both my iPad and iPhone. A while back, they stopped repeating on my 2 devices. Is there a setting that I can enable text messages to repeat once again?
 

Paco II

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Have you checked the text message forwarding settings in Messages settings?
 

Paco II

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What are the device options on your iPhone? That setting wouldn't appear on a non cellular iPad.
 

revmacian

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What are the device options on your iPhone? That setting wouldn't appear on a non cellular iPad.
I have an iPad Air 3 (WiFi + cellular) and I don't see that option either:

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Paco II

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Ah perhaps iPad cellular is just data. Either way, text message forwarding will only be set on the device which has the SMS support
 
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aloper

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I think those have be set on the phone, not the iPad...
 

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aloper

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Which begs the question; what if someone has 2 iPads and no iPhones?

I believe it wouldn’t be possible...the cellular service on iPads alone is just data. You would need an iPhone as far as I can tell...

 

revmacian

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I believe it wouldn’t be possible...the cellular service on iPads alone is just data. You would need an iPhone as far as I can tell...

Ok, in that case I completely misunderstood SMS/MMS because I thought those were just using data.. which the cellular iPads already have. thank you for posting the article link, it seems the iPhone is central to the forwarding capability.
 

StarShot

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What are the device options on your iPhone? That setting wouldn't appear on a non cellular iPad.
I guess I don't know as much as I thought. First of all, I think I remember text messages repeating on my iPad and my MBA. Maybe that didn't happen. I do have the non cellular iPad. I just sent a test text to my wife via my non cellular iPad and asked her to reply which she did and I got her reply back to both my iPad and my IP. I give up on whatever logic is involved as most of my texts return to my IP along with texts generated from somewhere else.

Thanks for the info about this matter...
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I think those have be set on the phone, not the iPad...
In your 2nd graphic, it shows messages going to your iPad as well as your MB. Wondering how you included this option to your MB?
 
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brucemr

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iPad with no iPhone can send and receive text messages, but only via iMessage to/from another Apple device. WiF model via WiFi, cellular model via cellular data of WiFi. I.E, via internet in all cases.

Subject to the Apple only devices iMessage limitation, 2 or more iPads on same iCloud account all will simultaneously receive all text messages. If messages synced in iCloud, all will get copy of message sent from one.
 

aloper

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I guess I don't know as much as I thought. First of all, I think I remember text messages repeating on my iPad and my MBA. Maybe that didn't happen. I do have the non cellular iPad. I just sent a test text to my wife via my non cellular iPad and asked her to reply which she did and I got her reply back to both my iPad and my IP. I give up on whatever logic is involved as most of my texts return to my IP along with texts generated from somewhere else.

Thanks for the info about this matter...
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In your 2nd graphic, it shows messages going to your iPad as well as your MB. Wondering how you included this option to your MB?

I don’t remember doing anything special on my MB...It’s signed into the same iCloud account and iMessage with the same Apple ID. I think any device capable of using iMessage and again, signed into the same account, should show up in the list, on the phone...
 

nicho

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My texts messages used to repeat on both my iPad and iPhone. A while back, they stopped repeating on my 2 devices. Is there a setting that I can enable text messages to repeat once again?

When you say "stopped repeating" are you talking about a message no longer showing up on every device, or the message showing up on every device but only pinging/notifying you one time?
 
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