By Lena / Last update May 24, 2021

How Do I Stop My Texts from Going to My iPad?

My text messages from my iPhone are appearing on iPad for family use, how do I stop that?

- Question from Apple Forum

Have you encountered a problem similar to this user? If your iPhone and iPad use the same Apple ID and related Messages settings are enabled, you will notice that your iPad will get messages from the iPhone.

For anyone who uses both iPhone and iPad for communication, it’s a great feature to keep important information up to date. However, it can be a potential privacy nightmare for you: the iPad is for family use and the personal messages may be visible and readable by anyone who also uses the iPad. Nothing is more annoying than this.

So how to stop sharing text messages between iPhone and iPad? Well, you can log out your Apple ID on iPad, thereby completely disconnecting the iPhone and iPad. If not, you should go to the Settings app to turn off message syncing to stop messages from iPhone to iPad. Keep reading to get the details.

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.

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 iCloud 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.

Turn off Text Message Forwarding

A Free Way to Backup iPhone Messages

From the above, you know how to stop sharing text messages between iPhone and iPad. You do not want iPad to show you messages because you care about your privacy. After all, some messages mean a lot to you. To ensure that you will never lose any important messages, you’d better back them up regularly.

iCloud offers a way to backup messages. However, there’s only 5 GB of free storage space. It will definitely run out sooner or later. Fortunately, there’s one third-party iPhone backup tool that can help you backup messages in an easier way.

AOMEI MBackupper is one iOS data backup & transfer tool specially designed for Windows PC. It will help you backup selected iMessages/SMS/MMS messages from iPhone to computer. Besides, you can restore messages to your iPhone or any other iDevice if you want (No data erasing).

See how to use this tool:

Download and install AOMEI MBackupper. This tool supports most iPhone models from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 11/iPhone SE 2020/12 and is fully compatible with the latest iOS 14.

1. Launch AOMEI MBackupper > Connect iPhone to computer via USB cable > Enter passcode on iPhone so the tool can access your device.

2. Click Custom Backup option > Choose Messages to select the messages you want to backup > Click OK to confirm.

Select Messages

3. Choose the backup path > Click Start Backup button to start backing up your messages.

Backup Messages


How do I stop text messages from going to my iPad? Now you know how to make it. You just need to go to Settings app to turn off some functions. Thus the iPad will no longer receive notifications for messages. If you think this guide is useful, share it to help more people!