iPhone 6: How to Forward a Text Message

With the constant changes to Apple’s mobile operating system, for some users, it appears that the “forward message” command has all but disappeared. We’ve seen a countless number of people ask others how the heck to find this option. I admit it: I had to look it up myself when asked to write this article. I have only ever forwarded a message once in the three years I’ve been using iPhones and it was long before the option to do so was moved to where it is now.

This short tutorial applies to both regular text messages and iMessages on the iPhone 6 – it works the same for both.

iOS 7

1. Open the Messaging app, then open the message thread you wish to forward.

2. Tap and hold the message bubble for about two seconds. A “More” button will appear that you can select.

iOS Text Message More option

3. Choose any other messages you would like to forward by checking the circle next to them. Once they are all selected, tap the arrow in the lower-right corner.

iOS Select Multiple Text Messages

3. Type a contact name or phone number in the “To:” field. Finish the message by modifying it as you see fit, then tap “Send” when you’re ready to forward the message.

iOS Send Text Message


iOS 6 and below

1. With your messages open to the one you wish to forward, notice that there is an Edit button in the top-right corner of the screen. This is NOT just for deleting messages – nope! This is where Apple hid the magic from you.

iOS Edit buttin in Messaging

2. You will now see little circles to the left of each individual message. Tap the circles next to any and all messages you wish to forward. You’ll notice that the message itself – along with the options at the bottom – are now highlighted. Tap on the Forward button.

iOS Forward button3.  The new message screen will open, allowing you to select recipients. You can manually type in a phone number, start typing a name and let iOS help you choose your target or click the + sign to the right to open your Contacts list.

iOS forwarding a text message

As soon as you finish selecting your recipient(s), you’re ready to send the message back into cyberspace. Notice, also, that you’ll have all of the “normal” options – just like when you compose a brand-new message. You can add a photograph, edit the message you’re forwarding and even add something to it.

That’s all there is to it! Happy texting!



Why is the forwarding arrow missing from my iPhone?

You need to register an email address or phone number with iMessage to enable forwarding under “Settings” > “Messages” > “Send & Receive“. Some users will need to enable forwarding by going to “Settings” > “Messages” > “Text Message Forwarding“. Then turn on forwarding for your device(s).


  1. Cathy Scott says

    I followed these directions and was able to forward messages. However, I have to close the messaging program totally or else the forward arrow disappears. So, each time you forward a message, close the program, then reopen it. Then you should be able to forward a new set of messages

  2. Dforeen Smith says

    My iphone 6 is asking for the code on my iphone and I don’t know where to find this. Please advise.

  3. Judy Hathcoat says

    Thanks for this – only took 6 tries to find the correct information – good examples too. Well done!

  4. Sarah P says

    Thank you for this. I’ve always used this method. Yesterday, I tried to forward a long string of text messages to my email (in batches.) First couple of batches, no problem, but then the “forward” arrow simply no longer appeared when I checkmarked a batch of message.
    Tried to same on a different text string from a different sender, same result. “Forward” function seems to have disappeared and I can’t figure out how to get it back.

    This seems to be a similar problem some of the other commenters have reported, except that they said they didn’t get the forwarding option at all, while in my case it seems to have disappeared mid-operation.

  5. Mirek says

    Thank you – it helped me. I don’t understand why these options are hidden and are not visible straight away when SMS is opened.

  6. Lyn says

    I tried this numerous times, but it doesn’t work bc the only options it will allow are delete or copy. Can somebody please help me out here? This is nuts!

  7. Melissa says

    thank you for info HOWEVER I want the time and date of each message to forward also, for legal purposes, any suggestion?

  8. Jodie says

    Thank you so much for your help. This had been driving me crazy! Keep up the good work :)

  9. Suzon says

    As you suggested, I followed the steps, but unlike you claim…the copy option shows after tapping the message I desire to forward to email but no MORE option Please help thanks

  10. Rosie says

    Thank you…of all the answers that came up, this was the only one that made sense and actually worked! I’d spent ages staring at a text message on my I phone 5s wondering how I could forward to my friend. Great help, thanks!

  11. shoonkah says

    Thank you for your simple and detailed instructions. Everything worked as planned and now I know how to work this thing “mo’ betta'”. Keep up the good work.

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