How to copy or forward messages on iPhone and iPad

Replying to an iMessage (or SMS or MMS) is only one of several things you can do with the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Mac Messages app. You can also copy it or forward it onto someone else. Copying an iMessage is a great way to move important information to other apps, like Mail or Notes or for searching in Safari. Forwarding is a super fast way to share one person's iMessage with another. Here's how!

How to copy an iMessage (or SMS) on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

Copying is handy for a time when you only need to copy the text from an individual message to the clip board and paste it somewhere else. That can be in a new or existing message or into a completely different app. This is the option you want to use if you need to use the content in a way other than forwarding it in another iMessage or SMS.

  1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad and find the message you'd like to copy.
  2. Tap and hold on the message you wish to copy.
  3. Tap Copy.

    Launch Messages, Tap and hold the message, tap copy

  4. Tap and hold the message field in the conversation that you'd like to paste in.

  5. Tap Paste.

    Tap and hold the message field, tap paste

How to forward an iMessage (or SMS) on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

  1. Launch Messages from your Home screen.
  2. Tap and hold the message you'd like to forward.
  3. Tap More....
  4. Tap on the forward button in the lower right hand corner.
  5. A new message will populate pre-filled with your forwarded text. Just fill out the rest and send it on its way!

    Tap and hold the message you want to forward, tap More, tap forward

Keep in mind you can forward more than one message at a time too. Just tap all the ones you want to forward before you tap the actual forward button!

How to get more help with iMessage

If you're having issues getting iMessage to activate, get more help at the iMore forums, and for more tips, check out: