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How to configure iMessages in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1 for SMS Forwarding

imessage forwarding

With the release of OSX Yosemite and iOS 8.1 it is now possible to send and receive SMS via the Messages app in Yosemite and on the iPad.

I had to troubleshoot my setup to get SMS Forwarding to work and here is what I found out:

  • Your devices (iPhone, iPad, Mac) need to be signed in with the same iCloud account and on the same wifi network.
  • On the iPhone I enabled iMessage via Settings >> Messages.
  • Under Send & Receive on the same page I enabled my phone number and at least one email address to work with iMessage.
  • I went back and then into Text Message Forwarding. I enabled my Mac and iPad, each device showed me a code I entered on the iPhone.
  • I then sent a couple of test messages between the devices. Success!
  • The person you are sending a SMS to, does not need to be an iMessage user.
  • If you send pictures, they don’t show up on all devices.

See this guide over at Redmond Pie for details.


OSX Tips and Tricks

Running Mavericks in VMware Player

I have previously posted about my hackintosh and how to install Mavericks on its own hard drive. I can then load Windows or OSX via the motherboard’s boot-menu (hint: F12 on Gigabyte).

This forces me to reboot my PC, which I don’t do very often. I rarely need to use OSX the way I use my computer. Also, the back button on my mouse doesn’t work in OSX. It’s annoying! So, I tend to use Windows 8.x which I just put to sleep when not in use. Works great for me!

But I do like to tinker now and then, so I searched for a way to install Mavericks in VMware Player. I already use VMware Player to test-install Windows. And sometimes test-drive software also.

You need a hackintosh or Mac, or a friend with one.

You need to download the installer app from Mac App Store.

I found a great guide over at InsanelyMac. I followed every step, but didn’t manage to make a setup-DMG via the script. So I had to do it another way, and finally got a Mavericks.iso which I used to install OSX.

You need to unlock the possibility to make a virtual machine that supports installing OSX. Since this is available if you run VMware on a Mac, some clever heads has ported this over to Windows. You got to love the Internet!

After running the unlocker, I made a new virtual OSX machine, which I pointed to the ISO. After Mavericks was installed, I did the tips from the guide (changed a couple of settings and installed VMware Tools and some extra drivers).

Update: After I updated VMware Player (to version 6.0.2), I had to reinstall Unlocker to get Mavericks to boot.

Apple Mac OSX Tips and Tricks

Installing OSX 10.9 Mavericks on my hackintosh

I haven’t used OSX daily for some years now, but occasionally I boot from the hard drive containing OSX on my hackintosh. It has gone from Lion (see this post for my hardware) to Mountain Lion. And recently I installed Mavericks, which is version 10.9 of Apple’s operating systems for Macs. This time the install went without problems.

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Apples October 2013 Event


The two biggest surprises for me was the new iPad moniker and the price for OSX Mavericks.