How To Link iPhone and iPad Via iMessage

iPad Help, Tips & Tricks
// August 13, 2014
sign in to iMessage to link your iPhone and iPad

Q: Need help ASAP. My water bottle was open in my bag and damaged my iPhone. I took it to the Apple Store and they said to try and dry it out but the water will slowly corrode the inside and within 6 weeks, the phone will be unusable. I am due an upgrade soon and have another phone but I need to know how to link my iPhone to my iPad so I can still get messages and emails. Any help would be appreciated.

A: I am sorry that your iPhone has water damage. It’s not a pleasant thing to experience, and I’ve witnessed one friend lose all her early childhood pictures of her soon to be three-year-old niece because her iPhone was dropped in a puddle of water – and they had no cloud storage as a backup plan for their photos.

Is it possible to link your iPhone and iPad? Some people have said no, but it is possible. I have an experience of my own by which to prove that you can link your iDevices.

I owned an iPhone 5 and traded in it to my local Verizon retail store three months ago. Since I owned the iPhone 5 for 9 months, I decided to connect my iPhone and iPad so that I could still get iMessages – even if my iPhone died on me or was charging at the time a text message was sent from a contact of mine. I set up my iPad so that it would accept text messages from my iPhone 5’s phone number. I noticed how well this process worked when, after switching from an iPhone 5 to a Nexus 5 with T-Mobile, I would text from my new Nexus 5 but the responses would all go to my iPad – not my new Nexus 5.

With this said, you can link your iPhone and iPad to each other, but to do it, you’ll have to tie your iPad to your current iPhone phone number. The following steps will help you link your iPhone and iPad to help you retrieve messages.

Step 1: Visit your Settings, then scroll down to “Messages.”

in your iMessage settings, select send and receive

Step 2: You should see a section that says “Send & Receive.” You want to select this option to modify the current settings in place so that your iPad will receive your texts when sent from those in your contacts.

you should be able to see your iPhone number here in your iMessage settings

Step 3: You will arrive at a page that shows your Apple ID as well as the section titled “You can be reached by iMessage at.” When I owned my iPhone 5, this section contained my T-Mobile phone number. If you get to this page and see your phone number, go ahead and place a check beside the number if it isn’t checked already.  With my iPhone 5, I remember that my number automatically appeared in iMessage; I didn’t have to do anything to start receiving messages automatically on my iPad from my iPhone 5 contacts.

Even after setting up iMessage to receive texts from your iPhone number, you still must ensure that your iPhone contacts have been placed in your iPad. It’s easy to use apps such as Facebook Messenger because Facebook allows you to download all of your contacts onto the iPad with the touch of a button.

Keep in mind that FaceTime works the same way. If you go into your settings again, then scroll down to FaceTime, you’ll find a page where it says at the top, “Your phone number and/or email address will be shared with people you call.” If your phone number is listed there (or you add it there), you should be able to get FaceTime calls – provided your phone number is still active and yours. Do not deactivate your iPhone, even if it stands to corrode. If you do, the number will no longer be tied to your iPhone – and you may have trouble sending iMessages on your iPad.

Also read: iOS 9 Imessage greybox bug

I must warn you, however: iMessages between your iPhone and iPad may not sync the way you want them to. While I kept getting messages on my iPad, even after I traded in my iPhone 5 (and had to ultimately deactivate iMessage to stop receiving messages that should have filtered through to my Nexus 5), you may find there are a few problems with iMessage. Also, you must remember that iMessage will not accept SMS messages on your iPad unless you have a cellular iPad or use another iMessage alternative such as Skype, Google Hangouts, and so on. These other services won’t let you get SMS messages, either, but they’ll allow you to get texts sent at Skype or Google Hangouts by those you know. If you have lots of friends that use Facebook Messenger, you may want to use Facebook as an alternative texting app.

As for the other inconveniences, my advice to you is to ride out the time between now and when your contract is finished. Since you said above that you don’t have a long waiting period, I would say that patience is best in this situation. Who knows? You may use other texting apps and adopt them over iMessage when it have no storage.

As for emails, you can always add your email account to your iPad by way of the mail app on your iPad desktop. It takes as little as a few minutes by way of your username and password for the email account. Apple needs to know your log-in information so that you can click on the Mail app and access your emails immediately.

Have you experienced water damage on your iPhone and need some iPad survival tips? Write in and let us know. We here at ipadhelp count it an honor to serve you.

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