Fix: Text Message Forwarding Not Showing Up On iPhone

Text Message Forwarding Not Showing on iPhone

The text message forwarding option not showing on iPhones is a fairly common error. I have encountered this multiple times, but fortunately, I have been able to fix the error through multiple tested solutions you will find in this guide.

How to Fix Text Message Forwarding Not Showing Up On iPhone

This error could be due to some standard device bug or sync issues. However, you can try different methods and steps to fix this error.

Let’s look at them below.

1. Check Your Apple ID

The first thing that you need to check is the Apple ID. Both the devices, such as your iPhone and Mac, should have to be signed with the same Apple ID for the feature to work.

Follow the steps below to check your Apple ID.

On Your Mac

  1. Go to the Apple icon on the top-left corner of your desktop.
  2. Click on System Settings.Check the Apple ID on Mac
  3. Select your name on the left sidebar and look at the Apple ID.Choose System Settings

On Your iPhone

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on your name.
    Click on your name under settings
  3. Check your Apple ID.
    Check Your Apple ID on iPhone

Make sure both the Apple IDs are the same.

2. Sync iCloud for Message

iCloud helps to sync all your messages so you can access across multiple devices. Hence, if the sync is not enabled on your iPhone for messages, the text message forwarding option may not appear.

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on your name and open iCloud.
    Tap on iCloud
  3. Under Apps Using Cloud, tap on Show All.
    Under Apps Using iCloud, click on Show All
  4. Choose Messages in iCloud.
    Open Messages in iCloud
  5. Enable Use on this iPhone.
    Enable Messages in iCloud

Once you have enabled it, all your messages will be synced to iCloud.

3. Turn Off and On iMessage

If the above methods do not work, try turning off and on your iMessage feature. A simple yet effective way to fix text messaging.

  1. Open Settings on iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and open Messages.
    Tap on Messages and open it
  3. Turn off iMessage.
    Turn Off iMessage

Wait for a few seconds, and then turn it back on. Check and see if the Text Message Forwarding option is back.

4. Restart Your iPhone

All you need to do is simply restart your iPhone to fix even the most complicated errors. It is one of the easiest troubleshooting method and always worth a try.

  1. Press the Power Button+Sound (Up) button.
  2. Slide to Power off your iPhone.
    Slide the Power Button

Also, you can try an alternative method to switch off your iPhone: Settings>General>Shut Down. Wait for a few seconds and restart your iPhone.

5. Update Your iOS

I have tried this method when the text message forwarding option disappeared from my iPhone, and it worked without a flaw.

  1. Tap on Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Go to General.
    Open General
  3. Open Software Update and wait for a few seconds for the system to check for any updates.
    Update Your iOS

If there is any pending update, install it and let your phone restart to save any changes.

5. Reset Network Settings

This is indeed a helpful method since the text message forwarding option might not show up due to network connectivity issue or problems related to your cellular carrier.

You can reset the network settings by following the steps below.

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone
  2. Tap on General and select Transfer or Reset iPhone.Reset your iPhone
  3. Now, choose Reset.
  4. Tap on Reset Network Settings
    Choose Reset Network Settings
  5. Enter your iPhone passcode for confirmation.
    Enter Your Passcode
  6. Tap on Reset Network Settings to initiate the process.
    Click on Reset Network Settings

6. Contact Apple Support

If nothing seems to be working and your iPhone still does not show the text message forwarding option, you might need to contact Apple Support. They can identify the issue and help you resolve it with a few troubleshooting steps. If you have any other method that works for you, do let us know in the comment section below.

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