How to set up and use the Messages app on Mac

If you don’t use it, you should use the Messages app on your Mac to communicate with your friends, family and business contacts. Using the Messages app on Mac gives you certain benefits as detailed below.

Set up and use the Messages app on Mac

Just like your iPhone, the Messages app on Mac also allows you to send and receive unlimited free iMessages from all your Apple device contacts.

In addition to iMessage, the Mac Messages app can be configured to use carrier-supported SMS messaging and other popular messaging services like Outlook, Gmail, and others.

The main benefit of using the Messages app on Mac is that you can be faster and more accurate when sending messages compared to sending messages with the limited screen and virtual keyboard of an iPhone.

Also, it’s really easy to find and attach files and images to messages sent from a Mac.

Set up iMessage service on Mac

Follow the steps below to set up iMessage service on your Mac if you missed setting up iMessage during the Mac setup process or want to confirm if iMessage was set up correctly on your Mac.

1. open that Messages app on your Mac by clicking the message icon in your Mac’s Dock.

Messages app icon on Mac

2. You will be prompted to log in with your Apple ID email address and password (See image below)

Sign in to the Messages app on Mac with the Apple ID

Note: You may be asked to enter your verification code if you have two-factor authentication enabled for your Apple ID

3. Then click on the Messages tab in the top menu bar of your Mac and then click settings option in the drop down menu.

tab

4. On the Settings screen, click the accounts tab and make sure the Email-address listed under “You can be reached for messages at” is your Apple ID email address (see image below).

Apple ID associated with the Messages app on Mac

This means you’re all set up to send and receive iMessages using your Apple ID. The benefit of using the Apple ID email address with the Messages app on your Mac is that you can access Messages on any Apple device associated with the same Apple ID.

How to send iMessages from Mac

Sending an iMessage from your Mac is as easy as sending it from an iPhone.

1. open that Messages app on your Mac

2. Then click on the New message icon to start a new iMessage on your Mac as shown below.

Send new iMessage using Messages app on Mac

3. In the New Message window, you can either type your recipient’s name, email address, or phone number in the To field, or click +Plus icon and select recipients from your contact list.

4. Next enter yours news and press Enter on your Mac’s keyboard to send this message.

5. You can add emojis to your message by clicking emoticons (See image in step 2 above).

6. Adding photos, images, and files to your iMessage is also easy. You can just paste them in picture or drag it into the iMessage window.

Add emails to Messages app on Mac

In addition to iMessage, the Messages app on your Mac supports most third-party messaging services like Outlook, Gmail, Hotmail, and others. To use these services, you need to add them to the Messages app on your Mac.

1. open that Messages app on your Mac.

2. Then click on the Messages tab in the top menu bar of your Mac and then click settings option in the drop down menu.

tab

3. On the Settings screen, click the accounts Tab. Then click on Add email button and enter the new one Email-address you want to associate with the Messages app on your Mac (see image below).

Adding a new email address to the Messages app on Mac

Likewise, you can add more email addresses to the Messages app on your Mac. This way you can check all your email accounts in Messages app on your Mac and use all email accounts to send messages from Mac.

Set up SMS messaging on Mac

If you have an iPhone with an active cellular plan, you can set up the Messages app on your Mac to send and receive carrier-supported SMS and MMS messages from your Mac.

1. Open the Messages app by clicking Message Icon in your Mac’s Dock.

Messages app in the Mac taskbar

Keep the Messages app open on your Mac so it can receive a security code generated during the next few steps.

2. Now go to your iPhone and tap Settings.

3. On the settings screen, tap Messages (See image below)

Messages tab on the iPhone settings screen

4. On the Messages screen, tap SMS forwarding.

SMS forwarding option on iPhone

5. On the next screen, activate yours Mac for sending and receiving text messages with your iPhone (see image below).

Enable SMS forwarding between iPhone and Mac

6. You will see a pop-up window asking you to enter a six-digit number verification key from your Mac (see image below).

Verification code popup for verifying text messages on iPhone

7. Go to your Mac and you will see the six digit number verification key Waiting in the Messages app.

6-digit verification code for forwarding text messages on Mac

8th. Enter the verification key in the pop-up on iPhone and tap To allow.

Enter verification code popup for text message verification on iPhone

After that, you can send carrier-supported SMS and MMS messages from your Mac using your iPhone’s cellular plan.

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