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How Do I Text To an Android Phone From My iPad?

I found that SMS was turned off on my iPhone. After I turned it on I was able to send Messages to an Android phone. When I tried to send a message from my iPad it didn’t work and I could find NO setting to turn SMS ON. How can I send a message to my son who uses a Samsung phone? Apple notes tell me:
1) in messages—not registered with iMessage
2) in FaceTime—phone calls not available.
Apple gives no instruction on how to do this.

Why must Apple make it so difficult to communicate with non-Apple devices? Some time ago Apple learned that they must live alongside Microsoft. And they did it. Now Android is the foe and they won’t accept that. I just want to be able to text my son’s Samsung from my iPad, and know how to set it up if this is required.
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Diana

Comments: 4 Responses to “How Do I Text To an Android Phone From My iPad?”

    2 months ago

    Not difficult. You just missed a setting. On your iPhone go to Settings, Messages, Text Message Forwarding. Make sure your iPad is turned on under that.

    SMS messages are sent through your mobile phone providers, not the Internet. So your iPad can't send them because it doesn't have a connection to your mobile phone provider. But Apple lets your iPad (and Mac) send SMS messages through your iPhone. Very handy. But you have to turn this on in those settings.

    Apple has instructions with more details here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208386

    Diana
    2 months ago

    There is NO “Text Messages Forwarding” in my iPhone settings. I’m using iOS 16.1.7

    2 months ago

    Diana: It should be in Settings, Messages, and then scroll down. Make sure you are in the right place. The only reasons I can think that it may not be there is if you have SMS turned off completely, or you don't have any other devices that are also set to use the same Apple ID as your iPhone.

    Mike
    2 months ago

    My workaround for the same situation is to use Facebook messenger. Of course, it requires that both have Facebook accounts. I like it as I can also send photos, videos, voice recordings and even make calls.

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