Is it possible to receive text messages on both my iPhone and my Mac? Just got Mac for the first time. I don't carry it around with me but have missed some important text messages recently as they are going directly to the Mac and not to my iPhone. I'm not sure what to do. It would be great if I could receive text message on my iPhone and my Mac. If this isn't possible, I prefer to only receive text messages on my iPhone.

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    Essentially, what you want is not possible - your 'fix' is at apple.stackexchange.com/questions/156115/… & some very clever, but ultimately unsuccessful attempts to work around it can be seen at apple.stackexchange.com/questions/153492/…
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 2, 2017 at 14:59
  • In short, a message is considered 'successfully delivered' if any signed-in device picks it up.
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 2, 2017 at 15:01
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    I find this question unclear, haven't flagged yet though as @tetsujin seems to understand it. I receive both iMessages and SMS successfully on all my Apple devices and they're all synced. Are both devices sending from and receiving from your phone number and are both fully updated?
    – JBallin
    Apr 2, 2017 at 20:23
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    Agree with @JBallin... Seems like the only way for a message to arrive at the Mac but not the iPhone is if the message is an iMessage, not a SMS, addressed to a phone number or email that the iPhone has been set not to check. Susan, does your iPhone have all of its iMessage "You can be reached at" options checked?
    – Merlin
    Apr 2, 2017 at 20:39
  • Okay, two ways--it took me a little bit to understand @tetsujin's edge case. Still, AFAIK the SMS relay feature depends on the iPhone to pass the message on to other iCloud devices, so only iMessages would be able to show up on the Mac first (and I'm surprised that they don't show up on the iPhone as unread messages once it reconnects to a data-capable network.)
    – Merlin
    Apr 2, 2017 at 20:56


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