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- How Do I Stop Text Messages from Going to My iPad?
- Stop notifications from just one person
- How to hide alerts to new Messages
- If you receive messages on one device but not the other
- Method 4. Block Messages Using Do Not Disturb During Driving
- About this article
- How to Add a New Email Address for iMessage
- Method 2: Block Texts on iPhone from Numbers that Appear as “unknown” or “private”
- How to reply to messages hands-free
How Do I Stop Text Messages from Going to My iPad?
To stop sharing text messages between iPhone and iPad, you should check three settings related to Messages.
> Turn off iMessage Sync
On your iPad: Go to Settings app > Tap Messages > Turn off iMessage.
In this way, the iPad will no longer receive iMessages from iPhone. Please note that when iMessage feature is disabled on iPad, it’s not possible to send messages.
> Turn off Messages in iCloud
Since iOS 11.4 and later, Apple has added the Messages in iCloud feature. When Messages in iCloud is turned on, all your messages will be saved in iCloud and messages will show on any devices that logged in with the same Apple account.
Therefore, to stop sharing text messages from iPhone to iPad, you should make sure that the Messages in iCloud function is disabled.
On your iPad: Open Settings app > Tap [your name] > Tap iCloud > Turn off Messages.
> Turn off Text Message Forwarding
When Text Message Forwarding is enabled, the SMS/MMS messages that you send and receive on iPhone will appear on iPad. So please sure that this feature is disabled if you don’t want to share messages between iPhone and iPad.
On your iPhone: Tap Settings app > Tap Messages > Tap Text Message Forwarding > It will list the device that can receive text messages from the iPhone, please uncheck your iPad that you do not want messages to go to.
Stop notifications from just one person
- Go back to Settings > Notifications and scroll down until you find Messages. In the Messages section choose to Allow Notifications (if you’d turned it off in the step above).
- Now open the Messages app and find the conversation you wish to silence. Open the message thread.
- Tap on the (i) in the top right corner.
- Chose Hide Alerts. Now you will not see an alert if a message is received to that Message thread.
- If you open Messages you will see that there is a Do Not Disturb crescent moon icon next to the conversation. You will still be able to see the last message and you will be able to open that thread.
How to hide alerts to new Messages
- Go to Settings > Notifications and scroll down until you find Messages.
- In the Messages section scroll down to Show Previews. By default this will be set to Always. Tap on that and choose: Never. This will mean keep the alert private even if your iPhone isn’t locked. (Alternatively you could choose When Unlocked.)
You will still receive an alert, but the content of the text will remain private. as shown, it will just read “iMessage” rather than giving you a preview of the message.
Alternatively you may wish to stop receiving text message notifications all together. Here’s how to do that:
If you receive messages on one device but not the other
If you have an iPhone and another iOS or iPadOS device, like an iPad, your iMessage settings might be set to receive and start messages from your Apple ID instead of your phone number. To check if your phone number is set to send and receive messages, go to Settings > Messages, and tap Send & Receive.
If you don’t see your phone number, you can link your iPhone number to your Apple ID so you can send and receive iMessages from your phone number. You can also set up Text Message Forwarding so you can send and receive MMS and SMS messages on all of your Apple devices.
Method 4. Block Messages Using Do Not Disturb During Driving
Do Not Disturb While Driving allows incoming calls, notifications and text messages blocking when you are driving. With iOS 10 and earlier, it’s basically similar and called Do Not Disturb. This is a good way especially if you don’t be distracted when driving or just feel blue.
To stop text message receiving on your iPhone, simply navigate to Settings > General > Restrictions > Do Not Disturb While Driving. You can choose to manually launch the mode or when connect to Car Bluetooth. After that you will see a little moon icon on the top menu bar, it means you have successfully enabled it.
All the messages and alerts will be intercepted and auto replied with this mode on.
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JL Written by: Jack Lloyd wikiHow Technology Writer This article was written by Jack Lloyd. Jack Lloyd is a Technology Writer and Editor for wikiHow. He has over two years of experience writing and editing technology-related articles. He is technology enthusiast and an English teacher. This article has been viewed 573,467 times. How helpful is this? Co-authors: 18 Updated: December 27, 2020 Views: 573,467
How to Add a New Email Address for iMessage
Add a new email address for iMessage only via Apple’s website. It’s not possible to do this from your iPhone or iPad.
Go to the Apple ID Account page using your web browser and log in to your Apple ID.
To the right of the Account section, select the Edit button.
Scroll down to the Reachable At section of the account settings and choose the Add More option.
Type in the email address you want to use and click Continue.
Apple will immediately prompt you for a code sent to the email address on file. Check your email for the message and enter the code into the boxes to proceed.
Method 2: Block Texts on iPhone from Numbers that Appear as “unknown” or “private”
You can’t outright block unknown and private numbers in the same way you can know contacts. But you can filter and separate them from the people you know.
Step 1. Go to Settings > Messages and toggle on the Filter Unknown Senders option.
Step 2. This will create a new tab in your Messages app called “Unknown Senders,” and you won’t get notifications for these.
How to reply to messages hands-free
- If you have enabled the Announce Messages with Siri on AirPods, then here is how you can reply.
- After Siri reads out a text message, Siri waits for a reply from the user.
- To reply to the text message, you need to start your sentence with “Reply”, followed by whatever you want to reply with.
- When you stop talking, Siri reads the reply to confirm if that is what you want to reply with and then sends it.