How to Forward a Text Message on iPhone

Forward text messages, photos, and videos to others on an iOS device

The Messages app that comes installed on every iPhone and iPad lets you forward text messages. This is essential for when you get a text that just screams out to be shared and when a screenshot isn't enough. You can also use this feature to copy texts and delete them. Here's what you need to know.

These instructions apply to iPhones running iOS 12 and up (the basic concepts apply to iOS 7 and up, but the specific steps may be different on earlier versions of iOS).

How to Forward Text Messages on iPhone

To forward a text message on iPhone using the Messages app that comes with iPhones and iPads, follow these steps:

  1. Tap Messages.

  2. Select the conversation that includes the message you want to forward.

    Screenshots of forwarding text messages on iPhone
  3. Tap and hold the message you want to forward until a pop-up menu appears. the menu offers choices including Copy and More, plus reaction options above the text message.

  4. Tap More.

  5. The message you selected has a blue checkmark next to it. That means it's ready to be forwarded. Tap other empty circles to forward those messages at the same time, if you want

  6. Tap Share (the curved arrow). A new text message screen appears with the message or messages you're forwarding copied in the text area.

  7. In the To field, type the name or phone number of the person you want to forward the message to. Include more than one person to send a group message.

    To use your address book, tap the + on the right side of the To field and browse for the recipient to whom you want to forward the message.

  8. Tap Send.

You're not limited to forwarding text from messages. If someone texts you a photo or video, you can forward that, too. Follow the steps above and select the photo or video.

If the messages won't forward, learn how to fix an iPhone that won't send text messages.