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HT5538: iOS and OS X: Link your phone number and Apple ID for use with FaceTime and iMessage

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HT5538 Please help.

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Feb 23, 2013 3:07 PM

My iPad is linked to iMessage and my phone isn't because it isn't an iPhone. I can send and receive messages on my iPad, but only end them on my phone. When I send them on my phone, I receive replies on my iPad. How can I make it so that my phone receives messages?

iPad 2, iOS 6.1.2
  • Alfred DeRose Level 5 Level 5 (5,590 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 3:11 PM (in response to zSNOWMANz)

    Only iDevices can send and receive iMessages. If you want your phone to receive text messages, people must send those messages to your mobile telephone number.


    You can ensure this happesn (more or less) by making sure you are INITIATING all messages as if coming from your mobile number. Go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive. Be sure your mobile number is listed as a way to reach you on iMessage and also be sure the option to "Start new conversations from:" is your mobile number.

  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 3:13 PM (in response to zSNOWMANz)

    iMessages communicates exclusively to other Apple devices.


    When you send messages on your phone, you are sending SMS text messages.  Your phone can probably receive SMS text messages as well, that's really up to your cellular carrier.  Your iPad can neither send nor receive SMS messages.


    Your iPad can receive replies to messages sent on your phone if both these are true:


    • The person sending the reply is using an Apple device
    • Your iPad is set up to receive replies using an address also used by your phone


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