iOS 8.1: 'Text Message Forwarding' Activation Requires iMessage Email Address

Earlier today, Apple released iOS 8.1 which introduced number of new features to iOS and Yosemite. One of the anticipated features was SMS Text Message Forwarding, which allows SMS messages received by your iPhone to be mirrored on your iPad or Mac running OS X Yosemite.

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Several of our forum members had difficulty activating the feature, as the required activation code would never appear on their Macs or iPads.

MacRumors reader Michael wrote in with this solution which requires an email address to be activated in iMessage:
...you need to have your email address turned on for iMessage on your iPhone in order to enable Text Message Forwarding. If you don't, the numeric access code will not appear on your iPad or Mac during the setup process. As soon as you enable your email address for iMessage (you only need to do this on your iPhone) the numeric access codes appear as expected. Once you have text message forwarding setup you can disable your email address again in iMessage as it seems to only be necessary for the numeric access code setup step, not the actual text message forwarding itself.
MacRumors was able to verify this scenario and found that an email address does indeed have to be active on your iPhone for the activation message to properly be sent. In our testing, SMS messages were still received after the email address was removed from iMessage. The setting to add your email address to iMessage is under Settings -> Messages -> Send & Receive. Note, you may have to wait a few moments after adding an email address before the activation code will send.

Tag: iOS 8.1

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66 months ago

Not sure why that would be a surprise to anyone. Your Messages account is tied to your Apple ID, which is your email address.


it doesn't entirely make sense. You are already logged into your iMessage account either way. This is just which phone numbers / email addresses you want to receive iMessages for.

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66 months ago
Not sure why that would be a surprise to anyone. Your Messages account is tied to your Apple ID, which is your email address.
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66 months ago
it just works
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66 months ago
I have a bunch of email addresses active in iMessages on iPhone, yet, no code.

*sigh*

(iPhone 5, iMac mid-11, iPad Air)

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66 months ago
I think this article is inaccurate and it simply states a workaround that happens to work...

I had the same problem described in the article, and all I had to do was sign out of iMessages app on my iPhone and sign back in. After signing in, I still had a checkbox next to my phone number and I was able to receive the verification number on my Mac.
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66 months ago
Ok same issue seems to be under FaceTime settings too.

I only like to tick my mobile number under FaceTime not my email address as well.

When email address is not ticked, you cannot enable iPhone Mobile Calls. Keep getting error.

Anyone else?
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66 months ago
Have set up my iMac and iPad, now I have to wait for a non iOS friend to text...
I have been missing this feature since 2007, I had BluePhone Elite (http://bluephoneelite.en.softonic.com/mac) installed on my 12" Powerbook, it connected to my SE K700i and allowed you to send and receive texts and use your Mac as a speaker phone.
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66 months ago

Safari has been solid for me. What device are you on?


Safari has been rather problematic on my iPad Mini running 8.x. It's also been occasionally unstable on my Mac under Yosemite beta, but that's at least a beta.

Prior to this, Safari was always rock solid for me - that's what's so maddening. On my iPad now, it freezes mid-form fairly regularly (eventually it crashes the browser). On my Mac, the crashes are less frequent... But it can crash hard and take my login session with it! That shouldn't be possible.
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66 months ago

Same here on this as well.


ok looks like i'll be keeping my email address ticked then for the time being... hopefully Apple release a fix where we can send texts from our other devices without having to have our email address ticked
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66 months ago

I found that after you set it up, you must keep the email checked. Otherwise only your messages will be forwarded. If you try to reply from your computer or iPad it will hang and not send the text reply.

From your tests MacRumors is this the case? Saw the above comment on your FB post. Please confirm.


Same here on this as well.
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