How to Make Call Forwarding Forward Text Messages

By Sebastian Malysa

Although you can't make your call-forwarding service forward text messages, you can easily forward a text manually on most cell phones. You can also set up text forwarding on any smartphone using a SMS-forwarding app. Whether you use an iPhone, Android or other smartphone, many free apps are available to do this. Forwarding texts manually or via an app is very straightforward.

Things You'll Need

  • Pass It Forward (optional)
  • SMS Forwarding (optional)
  • iPhone Native SMS feature (when applicable)

Manual Forwarding

Step 1

Use the arrow keys and selection button -- often the large button in the in the middle of the arrow keys -- to open a previously sent or received text.

Step 2

Press "Options." It's often the top left or right button.

Step 3

Scroll to "Forward" and select.

Step 4

Key in the forwarding phone number and press "Send" to forward the text message.

App Forwarding

Step 1

Download "SMS Forwarding," a free app, from the Android Market if you use an Android-based smartphone. Open the app from your apps folder to configure text-forwarding options. Use your finger or stylus to tap the check mark next to "Enable Forwarding" to turn on the app. Tap the check mark next to "Forward with SMS" to enable automatic text forwarding. Key in the phone number(s) to which you want to forward the texts. Configure the app to send email notification and forward text to an email account by tapping the check mark next to "Forward with email." Key in the email(s) you want to forward texts to. Scroll through all other options and customize the app to function as you desire.

Step 2

Download "Pass It Forward," a free app, from the Android Market if you use an Android phone. Open the app from your apps folder to configure text forwarding options. Tap the box next to "Forward" to enable text forwarding. Key in the phone number(s) to which you want texts forwarded. Configure how often you want text forwarded and when you want text forwarded by specifying in the apps options. Set up the app with a delay between the time you get a text and when a text is forwarded to give yourself a chance to cancel the forward if the message is private or you don't want it forwarded.

Step 3

Open the native SMS texting app included in any iPhone from the apps menu. Tap any text to view it and access edit options. Tap the "Edit" button at the top of the screen to access forwarding options. Tap the text message(s) you want forwarded. Tap the "Forward" button at the bottom of the screen. Key in the phone number to which you want the text forwarded.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you set up automatic forwarding, make sure there's no chance of sending information you might want to keep private.