2 Simple Ways to Sync Messages from iPhone to iPad/Mac

Lisa Ou

April 24, 2020 / Posted by Lisa Ou

I would really like to have a thread that I start on my iPhone automatically sync to my Mac and iPad so I can reply easily from either device. Is there any simple way to make iMessages stay in sync across all my devices? I know that SMS text messages will not sync, and only iMessages works.

It will be quite convenient if the messages synced across all your devices. Luckily, Apple's iMessage service can easily sync among your iOS devices and Mac. But you should set the feature up properly, of course. Then how to sync messages from iPhone to iPad or Mac?

2 Simple Ways to Sync Messages from iPhone to iPad/Mac

If you're struggling with sending and receiving SMS messages or iMessages on all the things, you are in the right place. We will show you how to sync messages between iPhone/iPad/iPod and Mac. Moreover, you can learn a simple way to quickly transfer messages from iPhone to iPad or Mac.

Part 1: How to Sync iMessages Across All Your Apple Devices

To enable messages sync across all your iOS devices like iPhone and iPad. iPhone should have an iOS above iOS 8.1, iPad should run iOS 8.1 and Mac that supports Yosemite. The gist of what you need to accomplish to ensure all iOS devices are signed with the same Apple ID. Then you can follow the guide below to sync iMessages from iPhone to iPad/Mac.

Sync messages from iPhone to iPad

Turn on your iPhone and open Settings app. Scroll down and tap on Message and toggle iMessage on.

Tap Send & Receive and then choose the e-mail address that you have registered with your Apple ID. Back to your iPad and do the same operations.

Tap Settings > Messages > Text Message Forwarding and then toggle iPad on.

sync imessages from iphone to ipad

You will get a verification code on your iPad, enter that code on your iPhone for the messages sync. One thing you should know is that, only SMS/MMS messages and iMessages will sync, some history messages won’t show up on your iPad.

Sync messages from iPhone to Mac

Open Messages app and click Messages on the menu bar. Choose Preferences option from the drop-down list.

messages preferences

Click Accounts and ensure that the Apple ID used to sign into iMessage is the same as your iPhone and iPad. Select the Messages in iCloud check box.

enable messages in icloud

You’ll see a pop-up in the iMessage window confirming that your messages are syncing with Apple account. It will take some time depending on how many messages you have. You need to delete all your previous interactions if the sync fails.

Part 2: Best Way to Sync Messages from iPhone to iPad

iCloud provides a very simple way to sync data among Apple devices. But many users complain that the synced messages get twisted on iPhone and iPad. How about directly transferring all types of messages from iPhone to iPad?

Here we strongly recommend the professional iOS messages transfer, FoneTrans for iOS to help you do that. It enables you to transfer any popular iOS data like messages, pictures, contacts, songs, videos and more between iOS devices.

Key features of the iPhone iPad messages transfer

  1. Transfer all types of iOS data like messages, photos, songs, contacts, call logs, etc.
  2. Sync messages from iPhone to iPad/iPod/PC/Mac.
  3. Transfer data between iOS devices, move data from iPad to PC/Mac, and vice versa.
  4. Better manage your iPhone iPad contacts, SMS and other iOS data.
  5. Move iPhone/iPad photos, music, playlist, and more to iTunes directly.
  6. Compatible with any popular iOS devices and iOS versions.

Steps to transfer messages from iPhone to iPad

Free download FoneTrans for iOS

This iPhone iPad messages transfer offers both Windows and Mac version. Free download the right version on your computer with the download button below. Then follow the instructions to install and run it. Connect both your iPhone and iPad to it.

FoneTrans for iOS will automatically detect your iOS device and show some basic information in the interface. You can see many basic data types like Messages, Photos, Music, Videos, Contacts, and Others are listed on the left control.

connect both iphone and ipad

Choose iPhone messages

Click Messages option on the left control and then choose specific messages you want to transfer to iPad.

check iphone messages

Transfer messages from iPhone to iPad

After selecting all the iPhone messages you want to transfer, click the iOS device icon to directly move them to your iPad. Here you can also choose Export to PC/Mac or Export to iTunes. If you want to sync messages from iPhone to Mac, you can use the Export to PC/Mac option.


We mainly talked about how to sync messages from iPhone to iPad on this page. We tell you 2 simple ways to make that happen. You can rely on iCloud or FoneTrans for iOS according to your need. You can share it in the comment if you have any better method.

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