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In iOS, Apple has locked down access to SMS information, which means no third-party app can manage your text messages. So iPhone users need to lean on the proprietary solution: Make iMessages for iOS coordinate with Messages for macOS. While it's frustrating to only have one option (and leaves those who use Windows PCs out in the cold), this does work very well.
Depending on how you've configured your devices, some or all of this setup might already be in place. Just in case it isn't, we'll run through the process from scratch.
IPhone - Mac - Apple - ID - Phone
First, you need to sign both your iPhone and your Mac into the same Apple ID. On your phone, check this setup by opening the Settings app and tapping your name at the top of the screen. On your Mac, do the same by opening System Preferences > iCloud. If everything looks correct, your next step is setting up iMessage so the app can coordinate with your computer. Grab your phone again, open Settings > Messages and turn on the iMessage toggle switch. Back on your Mac, you should see a pop-up alert saying your phone number has been added to iMessage.
When you open the Messages app on macOS, you should see that your...
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