I use an iPhone and a Mac. I set up text forwarding on my phone so that I can text from iMessage on the Mac, but I noticed that my phone and computer are not always in sync. For example, I'll get a text to my computer, but it won't show up on my phone. Also people who receive my messages say that sometimes they come from my email (the @gmail.com below) instead of my phone #. I posted screenshots below of my settings from my phone and computer. Ideally, I would like all texts to be send from my phone # and my computer and phone to be in sync. Thanks in advance for your help!
You need to sign up to use you appleID for iMessage with same appleID that you use with your MacBook (@aol email) on the phone.
This can be done by going to settings -> messages -> send & receive; and tapping the option, which reads something to the effect of "use appleID for iMessage".
Once it logs in and activated, Apple will associate the phone number with your email address and it should show up on the Mac. If it doesn't, try logging out and back in from iMessage on the Mac.