Some newer phones can 'snooze" or "doze" apps to save power. Auto Forward SMS is prone to this because you don't need the app open to work. So your phone thinks it's not in use, and puts it to sleep.
Some phones may also restrict access to the internet, so you'll need to change some phone Settings to allow smooth function. Phone Settings are located in different places, so this guide can help you locate the appropriate Settings:
Tap then find Auto Forward SMS. Look for....
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We also offer you the ability to reply to a forwarded SMS from your PHONE 2, and the reply goes back to the original sender FROM PHONE 1 number. This means you can reply 'remotely', and not reveal your second number to the sender.
To do this, you need to PAIR Phone 1 (where app is installed), then install the PAIRING app on Phone 2 then pair the apps. Instructions are in the apps.
To pair PHONE 1 and PHONE 2 to reply remotely, both phones must be Androids.
More info here: Reply From Phone 2 Subscription Service
Your phones must have internet connection for the remote replies to work.
To disable pairing, on Phone 2 tap UNPAIR. Note your previous messages will be restored when you re-PAIR.
If you use Auto Forward SMS to forward incoming texts to your email address, this optional subscription service allows you to reply to those SMS from Gmail, the app converts it back to an SMS reply "FROM" your mobile number. There's more info here: Reply From Email Subscription Service
IMPORTANT TIP: When replying to a forwarded text from Gmail, DO NOT CHANGE THE EMAIL SUBJECT LINE.
For example: Uber or CIB or QNB or AGL etc etc. Ensure you haven't mistakenly entered a WORD SenderID (mobile number or word) as a KEYWORD.
If you get SMS from a WORD, use Create Tasks instead and setup app to forward SMS received from the WORD/s. Add the SenderID to From Incoming Number or Word box.
Please note that some countries like India and Indonesia may block SMS from Word senders. Also India has a Do Not Disturb register which can also affect forwarding to another number. If you have any issues we are happy to help you test.
This is an Android notification telling you that AFSMS wants to show you Low Battery Warnings. But when you tap the notice, it will not go away..
Here's how to stop it:
Sort of. Oppo is a lovely phone but it has many quirks. Our tests have shown that Oppo does NOT like you using the Android Messages app. It only works well if you use the Oppo default Messages app. It has a strange habit of 'nesting' SMS from unknown senders.
Our tests have also shown that Oppo will not forward SMS unless you approve it, but it WILL FORWARD EMAILS..so it half works! Feels free to offer us any tips!
At this stage, no. But in Fwd All mode, you will receive an alert on your 2nd phone and/or email if an MMS arrives. It's not perfect we know, and MMS forwarding is something we are working on, and hope to release in a future update.
Also note that if you are in a messaging group and someone sends you a group message, this may be sent to you as an MMS therefore won't be forwarded, but you will still get an alert.
There is a Setting in your default Messages app that should change this behaviour and allow them to be SMS instead of MMS. Try this: In your Android Messages app, tap: Settings > Advanced > Group Messaging > select Send an SMS reply to all recipients and get individual replies (mass text)This screenshot may also help:
Most times your phone will treat Group messaging as MMS. Our app cannot forward MMS. But this Settings change may solve the problem: In your Android Messages app, tap Settings > Advanced > Group Messaging > select Send an SMS reply to all recipients and get individual replies (mass text) See screenshot example below:
Test with a different email address. If it works with different email, then it's likely that the forwarded SMS to your email address is being blocked. Check your Spam/Junk folder, and white-list our domain autoforwardsms.com with your email provider if it is being sent to your spam folder.
Other things to check:
Contact us if you need help and we can assist you with testing .
We do have an optional in-app subscription service where you can reply remotely back to the ORIGINAL sender from the PHONE 2 but it will come FROM your PHONE 1. More info here: Reply From Phone 2 Subscription Service
If the Reply From Phone 2 subscription is not appropriate, you CAN reply to the ORIGINAL SENDER by tapping the phone number at the end of the forwarded SMS. Your phone should open an option screen to allow replying. (Don't reply back to your Phone 1 or you will play pingpong! If pingpong happens, toggle app OFF & reboot phone. Then toggle Phone 1 back ON.)
Remember that you will be replying to the ORIGINAL sender from Phone 2's number (not Phone 1), so if you do not want the ORIGINAL sender to know your Phone 2 number, don't reply from Phone 2 or subscribe to our Reply From Phone 2 Subscription Service.
Please view the dedicated page for this function here
No. Auto Forward SMS is NOT a spying app. You cannot retrieve messages from another phone. The app will only forward messages from your Android phone.
For basic SMS to SMS forwarding, no. The app uses your phone's default SMS app to forward from your phone.
But YES if you forward to email and/or use REPLY FROM EMAIL service or the Reply From Phone 2 service, then your phone will need to be connected to the internet via wifi or mobile data.
If you are off wi-fi for a while then switch back on, it may take some time for the app to catchup and forward the emails. Let us know if you have issues.
If the app starts forwarding emails erratically, this usually means that your Internet connection may not be consistent, or the app is in "snooze" or "doze" mode, or the app doesn't have have Internet access. Please check your Power, battery and wifi settings. If you need more help please contact us for free testing.
Our tests with newer phones worked fine with 2 SIMS but older phones, not good. Let us know if you have any issues.
Install Auto Forward SMS on the phone you need to forward SMS FROM. For example if you want SMS forwarded from your OLD phone to your NEW phone, install the app on your OLD phone. Your new phone or your recipients do not need the app.
We know that Textra can interfere with our app, but others like WhatsApp, Facebook Message, etc should not. If you have one of these external apps as your default SMS handler and you're having issues with Auto Forward SMS, test by switching your phone back to your phone's Android default Messaging or Message app and see if that makes a difference. We're happy to help you test this. Please let us know if you do experience issues and we will aim to fix right away.
No problem. The app offers you options to only on-forward texts containing specific word/s. This KEYWORD filtering function works in both Forward All Incoming SMS mode or Create Tasks.
Here's an example of how the keywords filter works:
Example 1 (strict):
KEYWORDS: chocolate cake
Will only forward if both words chocolate cake are received IN THAT ORDER. Will NOT fwd if single word chocolate or cake or cake chocolate.
KEYWORDS: chocolate, cake
This will forward if any of those words are received together or singly in ANY order.
NOTE that keywords only work on BODY OF SMS not the Sender (SenderID - who SMS is from). More info on this see: DO YOU GET SMS FROM A WORD, NOT A NUMBER? up the top in Troubleshooting section..
Remember that Tasks work independently from FWD ALL INCOMING SMS.
You can have Tasks and FWD ALL INCOMING SMS running at the same time, but remember that the FWD ALL INCOMING SMS will also fwd ALL incoming SMS from Tasks too.
If you only need to forward incoming SMS from certain numbers to certain people (in Create Tasks), then don't have FWD ALL INCOMING SMS switched on.
No. That would indeed be annoying. Both FWD ALL and MANAGE TASKS have ON/OFF toggle switches.
In Fwd All Incoming SMS, the forwarded SMS will have the original sender's details appended to the end of the fwded SMS, including their name (if in your Phone 1 Contacts). In Create Tasks, this is an option.
View IN and SENT SMS where you normally would, in your phone's default messaging app.
Yes you can. First: set Auto Forward SMS to forward incoming SMS to your email address. Then setup your Slack account to receive your email. Instructions from Slack are here: Send emails to Slack
You should be able to do this with any apps that can receive an email.
Yes you can, but via email. So firstly, setup Auto Forward SMS to forward incoming SMS to a GMail address. Then you can forward SMS to your GMail address by using Telegram "bots" and allowing Telegram access to your GMail account. This may be fiddly, but there's some instructions on this website: Forward emails to Telegram
There's also info here on IFTTT for forwarding Gmail emails to Telegram.
You should be able to do this with similar OTT (over the top) apps, as long as you can forward an email (or SMS) to them.
No. Auto Forward SMS will only work when your phone is switched on, in a mobile/cell phone reception area, and can receive text messages. Same with your recipients.
If you tried to reply via SMS from PHONE 2 directly back to PHONE 1 (where app is) then you will create a ping pong effect!
Also if you're on a PRE-PAID PLAN with your telco and run out of credit on your AFSMS-enabled phone, error texts from your provider may will also create ping pong.
If this happens, toggle the FORWARD ALL function OFF momentarily. Then (if the credit is the issue) simply top up your credits with your telco, reboot your phone, then toggle app back ON. Please contact us if you need help with this.
If you're in the USA example: if you have 12XXXXXXX as forward-to number (with 1 as the country code for USA), instead try: 2XXXXXXX (no country code).
For sending overseas you will need the country code and may also need the + in front of the number (example: +614XXXXXXX or +12XXXXXXX). We recommend trying a few options.
We've noticed that UK numbers may need the + added. Every country and telephone company have their own rules. If you have issues please contact us and we can do some live testing from our office in Australia.
This alert is a security feature in some Android phones if you try to send bulk SMS and is not a fault of our app. In your phone's Settings > Text message limit, you should be able to change this amount.
On one of our test phones our Text Message Limit was set to 200. But one of our customers who alerted us to this issue had his set to 50 and could not change unless he routed his ASUS phone, which is usually not a good idea! The workaround was to create smaller Groups under 50 numbers
If you have more than 1 number for any contacts in your phone's address book/contacts app, then yes it will fwd to all those numbers.
Workaround is to manually type their number in (or copy/paste from your Contacts app), which you can do via the Add Number buttons in Create Task and Create Group.
Easy! Both of our subscriptions (Reply From Email and Reply From Phone 2) are totally optional, so you can stop the subscriptions anytime and just use the app for basic forwarding. To unsubscribe, browse to our app on Google Play and Manage Subscriptions. See screenshot example below:
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