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iMessage problem pn iPad

anneUK

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On his Message settings on iPad 2, my husband's phone number does not appear and there is no option to add it. Consequently, iMessages which appear on his iPad do no appear on his iPhone.

Can you help, please?
 

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In Settings > Messages tap Send& Receive, then your Apple ID. Sign out of Messages. Do this on on both the iPhone and iPad. Wait a few minutes and sign back in on both devices. You should receive notifications (not to long after) confirming that that iPhone and iPad are now set to receive messages from your Apple ID and iPhone number on both devices, and possibly other email addresses. You can double check this by going to the same place and seeing what email addresses and phone number appear.

I've added some extra info below, incase you're not up on the differences between the iPad and iPhone and how Messages will behave.

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The Messages app on the iPad is only capable of using Apple's iMessage service. This does not use the iPad's phone number. It uses your Apple ID/email address and only works between Apple devices.

On an iPhone you the Messages app uses both iMessages and SMS, switching between them when needed (if enabled).

When you send a text on an iPhone your sent text shows up as blue if you are using iMessages and green if you are using SMS. The iPad never sends SMS, and so your text is always blue.


SMS is the texting service provided through your cell phone service. It works between any cell phone, provided both users have SMS enabled on their phones. The iPad does not have this service. Despite having a phone number, that number is not activated as an actual phone, therefor it does not give access to cell phone services, including SMS (or MMS).

To add further confusion:

If you have both an iPhone and an iPad registered to the same Apple ID, an iMessage (Apple Service) text sent to your iPhone's number can show up (if enabled) on the iPad, but, SMS messages sent to your iPhone will not show up on the iPad. Ever. This is because SMS goes directly to your phone, bypassing Apple's iMessage servers.

There are third party apps you can use to send and receive SMS messages on your iPad. Some are free and some are paid, but they all have one thing in common. They give you phone number.
 
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Thank you. I will get him to try that.
You mention third party apps for sending SMS to iPad. I can't find any on App Store. Can you suggest any, please?
 

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Thank you. I will get him to try that.
You mention third party apps for sending SMS to iPad. I can't find any on App Store. Can you suggest any, please?

Don't know how I missed this, way back then. Not that it matters much. I don't use any third party SMS apps, so I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending one, though if you already have a Google account I suppose Google Voice is worth looking at. I'm pretty sure it includes SMS.
 

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Don't know how I missed this, way back then. Not that it matters much. I don't use any third party SMS apps, so I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending one, though if you already have a Google account I suppose Google Voice is worth looking at. I'm pretty sure it includes SMS.

With a Google account I'd recommend Hangouts.
 

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...if you already have a Google account I suppose Google Voice is worth looking at.
Not sure if AnneUK is actually in the UK, but FWIW Google Voice is US-only service right now. Alternatives available in the UK (Whatsapp, Viber etc...) are more like iMessage (IP messaging) than texting. Here in the UK there are carrier-specific apps that allow you to continue texts and voice calls (from your phone allocation) on your iPad - I'm with O2, and their app is TU Go.

Of course if AnneUK isn't in the UK, then please ignore the above ;)

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No probs guys - country variations are always a headache, and the TU Go app is quite a recent addition.
 

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