How to Set up and connect iMessage on Mac

iMessage is considered by many as the best messaging app for communicating Apple ecosystem. In addition to being feature-rich, the messaging app is also considered the most secure. iMessage enables you to receive/send text messages on your Mac. You can actually send the messages via mobile data/internet connection. This is a godsend, you don’t have to load credit on your phone in order to text; as long as you’re online on your Mac, you’re good to go!

  • Having said that, the first thing you’ll need to do is to ensure that your Mac is running at least OS X Yosemite or El Capitan or Mac OS Sierra.
  • When the messaging app is opened for the first time, it will prompt the user to login with their Apple ID.
  • To ensure a seamless experience, it is recommended that you sign in with the same ID that you’re using on your other devices.
How to Set up and connect iMessage on Mac

Steps to be taken for setting up and connecting iMessage on Mac include:

  • To receive messages on your Mac from your iPhone, you have to be logged into iCloud with the same Apple ID on both devices.
  • To log into iCloud on Mac, open system preferences on the Mac. Tap iCloud, and you will see your email address under the user icon on the left. You need to ensure that the email address is the same as the Apple ID on your iPhone.
  • Launch the Messages app on your Mac and log in using your Apple login details (Apple ID and Apple Password) and password.
  • If two factor or two-step authentications are enabled for your Apple ID, you will be required to input your verification code.
  • From the Menu bar click on messages and select Preferences.
  • Then click on the Accounts tab and select the email address and phone number you want to be reached at.
  • Choose which email address or phone number people will see when a new conversation is started.
  • iMessage is compatible with 3rd party messaging services; these include Yahoo, Google, and such like.
  • To add these 3rd party messaging services, simply go to the iMessage menu and click; ‘Add Account’.
  • Select the messaging provider  (account) that you’ve already registered.

Connecting iPhone message to Mac

  • To get the iPhone ready for sending and receiving text messages on Mac, text message forwarding needs to be set up on the iPhone.
  • On your iPhone, open the Settings.
  • Tap Messages.
  • Select ‘Send and Receive’.
  • Under the option ‘You can be reached’, ensure that both the phone number as well as the Apple ID email address are checked and if they are not, tap to check them.
  • Then go back to Messages. Tap Text Message Forwarding.
  • Then toggle on your Mac and a box will pop up asking for a code.
  • On your Mac in the messages app, a verification code will appear.
  • Enter the verification code in the box that appeared on your iPhone.
  • One thing to keep in mind is that the text message forwarding under messages in settings on the iPhone may not be seen if you’re not logged into messages on Mac.
  • So in case you run into a similar issue follow the instructions on the first part of setting up.
  • Now you’re set up to send and receive text messages and iMessages on your Mac.
  • To send and receive iMessage message on Mac after setting up iMessage, just click the new message icon, which is near the search field on the left.
  • Then in the pop-up window, choose the phone number of the person you would like to send a message and type Enter, then type your content; it could be the character, emoji, picture or video.  After that, press Enter again to send.

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