- Answer Incoming Calls to Your iPhone from Your iPad or Mac
- Send/Receive Text Messages via a Cellular Network from your iPad or Mac
- How to Turn On and Activate the Handoff Feature
- Pick Up Where You Left Off as You Switch Between Computers and Mobile Devices
- Final Thoughts?
Send/Receive Text Messages via a Cellular Network from your iPad or Mac
When using the Message app from your iPhone, it’s possible to send and receive text messages, and communicate with any other smartphone user via the cellular network that you’ve subscribed to. In addition, using the same Messages app, you can send and receive text, audio, or video messages via Apple’s own iMessage service, which is Internet-based.
The iMessage service can be used for free by any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac that’s connected to the Internet. But only the iPhone can send and receive text messages via a cellular network. That is, unless you turn on and activate the Handoff feature. Then, once again, your iPhone serves as a conduit to its cellular network, and allows for SMS and MMS text messages to be sent and received from an iPad or Mac. This means you can communicate via text message with non-Apple users (or users of any smartphone) from your tablet or Mac.