In this StackOverflow question I answered why it isn't possible to read SMS in Ionic application which you want to deploy to Apple's App Store
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Good day, do you have any idea how to achieve this in ionic? I found tutorials for PhoneGap but that was 3 years ago and i dont know if it will work with my ionic app. The ng-cordova has only thishttp://ngcordova.com/docs/plugins/sms/ to send sms but not receive. I saw this also but i have no idea how to use it. https://github.com/floatinghotpot/cordova-plugin-sms/tree/master/docs. Please help. Ionic so new that it lacks tutorials.
My answer was:
In case you're trying to get this kind of application to the App Store, I have bad news for you.
Simply two words from Apple: Not Possible
— Nikola Brežnjak (@HitmanHR) February 16, 2016