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  1. spud58

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    Texts that are sent to my mobile , can i read them on my ipad 2 . If i can is there a app for it?
     
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    My default, no. Jailbroken, I'm not sure there's anything that would forward texts to your iPad unless you're using a medium such as your carrier to send your texts to a specific email address as well as to your device. For iMessages, as long as you choose to receive messages through certain iMessages-tied emails/numbers, you will receive iMessages on all your iOS and OSX devices under the same name or number.
     
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    What kind mobile phone do you have? If you have an iPhone then you can set up your iMessages to receive texts both on your iPhone and your iPad.
     
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    Yes, no, sort of.

    iMessages text sent to your iPhone number can be seen on the iPad if you have Messages on both devices set to the same iCloud account.

    SMS text messages sent to your iPhone number will not show up in Messages on the iPad, ever. Because they never touch Apple's servers they can not be re-directed/shared with the iPad.

    The only way to get the same SMS messages on your phone and your iPad would be to use a third party solution, one that redirects the text messages to multiple numbers and/or internet addresses, or uses a service on both devices that has a third phone number associated with it. Google Voice might do this. There's probably a few other apps/services that will work as well.
     
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    Android phone samsung galaxy ACE II
     
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    Thanks, twerppoet-I should have clarified what I have set up. I do have my iPad and iPhone set up for iMessage with both my phone number and my icloud account. That way, I can get my text from others that use the same idevice. So based on what you're saying, I only need to have my icloud account listed on my iPad and not both.
     
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    If you use Google Hangouts on your Android for texting, and install the app on your iPad, it's possible to read the texts you get there, as well as send texts from your iPad.
     
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    You're still going to want to have the iPhone number on the iPad, also - if you wish to get all iMessage texts on your iPad. If you don't have the number on the iPad, when someone with an iDevice texts to the phone number, the iPad will not get/see that text. It will only see the iMessages sent to the e-mail.

    Given that most people text to phone numbers, if you want to see all iMessage texts on the iPad, it's best to have all the iPhone contact points (all e-mail addresses, too). They should mirror each other...

    Marilyn
     
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    No, you need the same iCloud account set up on both devices, at least in the Messages app. You could use a different iCloud account for other stuff, or none at all.


    In the Message app settings you will see a list of email addresses and phone numbers that you will receive iMessage texts from. If you set up both devices with the same iCloud account the phone number from your iPhone will be automatically added to the 'You Can Be Reached by iMessages At" section (Settings > Messages > Send & Receive).

    As far as iMessages is concerned your iPhone number is just another address that belongs to you. It works no differently than an email address, with the exception that you can't add it manually.


    What happens is that when you activate a device for iMessages it sends Apple's servers all the email and/or phone numbers you've added to that device. They act like aliases for your device. Any of them can be used to send or receive iMessages for that device. When you add another device to the same iCloud account it shares those emails across both devices, so that your phone number becomes a receive address for the iPad, and your email addresses on the iPad become receivable addresses on the iPhone.

    To avoid confusion, it is possible to turn on/off various addresses in Message's settings. So it is possible to turn off the iPhone number for the iPad and not receive iMessages on both devices, if you want it that way.

    Or you can change "Start New Conversations From" on the iPad to the iPhone's number, so that it always looks like you are sending iMessages from the iPhone, even when you are on the iPad. I do this. It helps to prevent fragmented conversations.


    SMS, on the other hand, does not go through Apple's servers. When you send an SMS text to/from an iPhone it goes directly to/from the other phone through the carrier. That means Apple's servers do not get a chance send the text to your iPad. They never see the text at all.


    If this is still confusing I can try to draw up an illustration of what's happening.
     
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    Thanks Marilyn and twerppoet. I believe my original setup then is alright based on what I am reading. It sure can get confusing, but I have left my phone number and my icloud account email as send and receive for iMessages. I also have my Apple ID email as an option to check of as well, if I want to use that. I appreciate both of your explanations-again thanks! :)
     

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