How to Stop Text Messages and iMessages from Going to iPad From iPhone

Stop your iPhone text messages and iMessages from going to your iPad with this quick guide

By Abigail Shilets - Staff Writer
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This article explains how you can stop your iPhone text messages and iMessages from going to your iPad, so when you get a message, it won’t appear on your iPad.

You can forward text messages from your iPhone to iPad connected to your Apple account to help you stay on top of your text conversations at all times.

While this is great for convenience and continuity, there are reasons you might want to stop text messages and iMessages from going to your iPad from your iPhone.

Perhaps you share an iPad with a family member and don’t want your messages appearing on that shared device. Or maybe you’re using your iPad for a specific purpose and want to keep its apps and data separate from your iPhone. Whatever the reason, let’s look at how you can stop messages from going to iPad from iPhone.

1. Turn off SMS/MMS text message forwarding

To stop text messages from going to your iPad from your iPhone, follow these steps:

  • On your iPhone, go to Settings > Messages.
  • Tap Text Message Forwarding.
  • Tap to turn off iPad that you want to stop receiving SMS/MMS messages from this iPhone.

Now your iPhone will not forward text messages and you cannot use your iPad to send or receive SMS/MMS texts.

2. Disable Messages in iCloud on your iPad

The above steps will not stop iMessages. The iMessages you receive will continue appearing on your iPad. If you want to stop iMessages from appearing on iPad from your iPhone, then you may want to turn off Messages in iCloud. Here is how:

  • On your iPad, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.
  • Tap Show All, tap Messages in iCloud, then turn off "Use on this iPad."

3. Turn off iMessage on your iPad

If you do not want your iPad to receive any messages from your iPhone, then you may want to turn off iMessage on your iPad. Here is how:

  • On your iPad, go to Settings > Messages.
  • Turn off the toggle next to iMessage.

See also: How to Use the iPhone Messages App: The Ultimate Guide

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Abigail is a staff writer for GeeksChalk based in Pennsylvania. She covers news, how-tos, and user guides for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. Before becoming a writer Abigail studied computer science at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. When not creating masterpiece for GeeksChalk, you can usually find Abigail hiking, climbing, or otherwise unplugged.
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