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How to forward text messages on iPhone

Want to send the same text message to multiple people without starting up a group chat? Perhaps you just want to relay a piece of information verbatim?

Sure, there’s always copy and paste, and you could even take a screenshot of the message and send that. But there’s a much easier and more direct way to pass on such information.

Here’s how to forward text messages on iPhone.

What we used

  • We used the iPhone 13 Pro, but these methods will work on any iPhone

The Short Version

  • Open Message
  • Select message
  • More and forward
  • Add recipient(s) and send
  1. Step

    Open Messages

    Open the Messages app and select the message thread that contains the text message you wish to forward.iOS messages

  2. Step

    Select message

    Press and hold the precise message you wish to forward. All other messages on the threat should now blur out, and a couple of pop-up menus will appear.iOS Messages More

  3. Step

    More and Forward

    Tap More, then tap the forward arrow in the bottom right corner.

  4. Step

    Add recipient(s) and send

    Type out your intended recipient(s), or hit the + icon to select from your contacts list. Now press Send to forward your message.iOS Messages forward recipient


What if I want to forward to email rather than text?

At Step 4, press the right arrow alongside contacts and select their email address to forward to email.

What if I want to place the message elsewhere?

If you want to post the message to another service or into a document of note, follow Step 3 but press Copy rather than the forward arrow. Now press and hold on a blank space in any text field and select Paste.

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