How to Setup iMessage on a Mac


Apple’s built-in messaging app is one of its core apps, anyone under the Apple umbrella should be familiar with this app. Although many people are aware of iMessage on other Apple devices, but not on the Mac.

With your Mac, you can message all your iPhone, iPad friends and send and receive SMS messages with Android users.

How to set up iMessage On Your Mac?

Setting up iMessage on your Mac does not require the help of iCloud or your iPhone, but you must possess an Apple ID.

If you have an iCloud account, then the email you used during sign up will be your Apple ID. To set up iMessage on your Mac, follow the steps below:

  • Open the Messages app from the Dock
  • Next, go to your application folder or you can do this by using a shortcut command + space.
  • They will ask you to log in if this is your first time launching the app. create a new Apple ID if you don’t have an ID.
  • After signing in, go to the Message settings by clicking on Messages at the menu bar
  • Select Preference or use the shortcut key Command + comma.
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Go under the iMessage tab. There you will find options for managing your iMessage account. Make sure it lists your email or phone under You can be reached for messages at else you won’t be getting any messages on your Mac.

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Note: Only phone-based accounts can message Android users over SMS. But can receive messages on your phone number and your Apple ID if you choose to. Using an email account is the same as using a phone-based account, you can message anyone who uses iMessage even on their phone number.

Make sure you enable the Enable Message in iCloud feature before closing the window in the image below. This is necessary so that all your old messages can sync to your Mac.

If your phone number refused to show up in the Messages preferences, then you will have to make sure iMessage app is enabled on your iDevice.

To do this, go to Settings App and then open Messages on your phone and make sure iMessage is toggled on, if it’s not turned on, you will get a message like Use your Apple ID for iMessage?. Click on it and sign in with the same account you are using on your Mac.

Your phone number should pop up in the Messages preference after you’ve enabled everything that is required of you. The changes will take place within a few minutes, after which you will be able to send messages using your iMessage.

To send and receive an SMS message to Android users and every other person who doesn’t have Apple iMessage you will have to enable Text message forwarding on your iPhone to link your Mac and other connected devices together.

With this article, you should be able to know how to set up iMessage on your Mac. Send us your feedback and your thoughts on this article by using the comments section below.

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