Text Message Forwarding on iOS

A while ago I noticed that I am receiv­ing texts only on my iPhone, but some texts don’t show up in the Mes­sages app on either of my Macs.

The texts I can’t see on my Macs are usu­al­ly the two-fac­tor authen­ti­ca­tion codes and oth­er texts sent from the spe­cial three-dig­it phone num­bers typ­i­cal­ly used by the busi­ness­es and oth­er orga­ni­za­tions.

This felt odd because until some months ago I always used to receive ALL the mes­sages on ALL my com­put­ers. So cer­tain­ly some­thing has changed.

This prob­lem meant that while work­ing at my com­put­er I have to walk to my phone to check and use the two-fac­tor mes­sages and oth­er texts that are need­ed for my work. I put up with this incon­ve­nience for a while, but felt like I had enough. So last night I set aside fif­teen min­utes to Google and under­stand why. It took a lot less time to fig­ure out that Text Mes­sage For­ward­ing is dis­abled on my iPhone from Set­tings > Mes­sages. I did not check fur­ther but I pre­sume it must be from one of the recent iOS updates. Sigh!

As a pro­fes­sion­al trou­bleshoot­er, I love when I fig­ure out and resolve pesky tech­nol­o­gy prob­lems.


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