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  • How to Set Up SMS Relay Between Your OS X Yosemite Machine and iOS 8.1 Device


    So you've upgraded your Mac to OS X Yosemite 10.10, and you grabbed today's iOS 8.1 update for your iOS device(s); now, you just want to set up that cool new SMS Relay feature that Apple has been bragging about since they unveiled iOS 8 at the original Summer keynote.

    SMS Relay works from iOS 8.1 to OS X Yosemite, and it also works with your other iOS 8.1 devices. For example, if you have an iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 8.1 and a MacBook Pro with retina display running Mac OS X Yosemite, it will work. If you have an iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 8.1 and an iPad Mini with retina display running iOS 8.1, this will also work. In this guide, we'll show you how to get SMS Relay all set up.

    Doing so is easy; all you have to do is go to your Settings application on your iOS 8.1 device and then go to the Messages cell:



    Now you can go to the Text Message Forwarding cell from the Messages preferences pane:



    You'll then see toggle switches for all of the devices that are capable of having SMS messages relayed to them from your iPhone. They're all disabled by default, for security reasons:



    When you enable one of them, you will be asked to enter the special code that appears on the device that you're trying to connect:



    After having been paired, your secondary device will be able to send and receive SMS messages that you would normally have to compose and reply to on your iPhone. It's a handy new feature, especially if you're already on another device that isn't your iPhone.

    Stay tuned for more guides like this on ModMyi!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How to Set Up SMS Relay Between Your OS X Yosemite Machine and iOS 8.1 Device started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. toyhaulerobs's Avatar
      toyhaulerobs -
      What about using your iPad as a relay device for your phone? I haven't updated either device yet because of this. iPhone has 8.0.2 on it but iPad mini is still 7.1.2. I have been waiting to update the ipad for 1: jailbreak 2: features that link the 2 devices together.

      There are times I don't have my phone on me but I have the iPad running.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by toyhaulerobs View Post
      What about using your iPad as a relay device for your phone? I haven't updated either device yet because of this. iPhone has 8.0.2 on it but iPad mini is still 7.1.2. I have been waiting to update the ipad for 1: jailbreak 2: features that link the 2 devices together.

      There are times I don't have my phone on me but I have the iPad running.
      You can relay your iPhone SMS messages to any iOS 8.1 device, or any OS X Yosemite machine.

      No matter the device, the steps to set it up are the same.
    1. nealh's Avatar
      nealh -
      Weird. I don't have the option to forward text messages on my iPhone 6 on 8.1
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      No forwarding setting?
      On 8.1 on 2 iphone 6's & Yosemite on 2 MacBook pros...
    1. nealh's Avatar
      nealh -
      Yup no option. I'm on 8.1. I have Apple pay and new hotspot option to connect my MacBook Pro.

      I can't upload my iMessage pic. But there is no option for texting forwarding
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Figgired it out. Use the app switcher and close out both messages and settings. Then reopen settings (still had to back out of messages settings and tap on it again) and the forwarding setting should b there
    1. nealh's Avatar
      nealh -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Figgired it out. Use the app switcher and close out both messages and settings. Then reopen settings (still had to back out of messages settings and tap on it again) and the forwarding setting should b there
      I tried that but it didn't work.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by nealh View Post
      I tried that but it didn't work.
      Maybe you need to do a DFU restore to iOS 8.1.

      It's really weird that you don't have that feature on a supported device.

      Try a reboot, a hard reboot, and even a reset from the Settings application. Restore as a last resort.
    1. nealh's Avatar
      nealh -
      I have rebooted twice. Ugh
    1. bisayakid07's Avatar
      bisayakid07 -
      Didn't receive any code both my MBP and iMac ;(
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Dunno if it's required but is your iMessage signed in on your Mac with the same Apple ID? And your Mac online?
    1. nealh's Avatar
      nealh -
      I will need to check. But shouldnt the option be there anyway??
    1. bisayakid07's Avatar
      bisayakid07 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Dunno if it's required but is your iMessage signed in on your Mac with the same Apple ID? And your Mac online?
      Both have the same apple id and online.
    1. loveyou4e's Avatar
      loveyou4e -
      SMS doesn't work on my Mac
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      Mine is not showing as well...the option is gone. I did a full restore earlier. I'm wondering if my mac has to be awake in order to do it. I'll report back.

      Nope.
    1. tlc1217's Avatar
      tlc1217 -
      It's weird that I'm on 8.1 and don't see that option when I look under my messages settings
    1. TTGator's Avatar
      TTGator -
      I get charged per SMS (not giving AT&T $20/mo when almost everyone I know uses iMessage). If I turn on this "forwarding", will I get charged for a second SMS message being sent to my Mac?
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Does this work on older Macs? I have a mid/late 2011 iMac and I read that a lot of the new features that bridge communications between iPhones and Macs don't work on any macs prior to 2012.

      Most of my friends are on iPhones anyway, so this will work as always via iMessage, but it would be nice to have for those rare cases when someone texts me from a non-Apple phone or when iMessage isn't working.
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      Does this work on older Macs? I have a mid/late 2011 iMac and I read that a lot of the new features that bridge communications between iPhones and Macs don't work on any macs prior to 2012.

      Most of my friends are on iPhones anyway, so this will work as always via iMessage, but it would be nice to have for those rare cases when someone texts me from a non-Apple phone or when iMessage isn't working.
      I had it working fine when I was using the beta.
    1. TDH Advocate's Avatar
      TDH Advocate -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      Does this work on older Macs? I have a mid/late 2011 iMac and I read that a lot of the new features that bridge communications between iPhones and Macs don't work on any macs prior to 2012.

      Most of my friends are on iPhones anyway, so this will work as always via iMessage, but it would be nice to have for those rare cases when someone texts me from a non-Apple phone or when iMessage isn't working.
      I haven't tested this myself yet but I'm going to say probably not. It feels like handoff is what is used for this and almost any Mac before this year will not work with it (without replacing parts and/or modifying kext). It sucks that Apple doesn't support services like macs when they are almost 4 times as expensive as their more accessible devices. I will create an edit after work on whether or not it works on my Early 2011 Macbook Pro.

      *EDIT* This does work on my Mac so it should work with any device at least from early 2011 onward. Now the only problem is that you have to have your phone number and one email linked to both devices you want SMS relay to work on. I hate having an email linked to my phone because I have always had bad experiences with it deciding to message from there instead of my phone number. Hopefully this has been since fixed so I can continue using SMS relay for as long as my Mac is supported.