Messages on macOS lets you communicate with friends, family, and coworkers across a variety of different platforms, including Apple's own iMessage, along with SMS and services from Google, Yahoo, and AOL. But if you're new to the Mac or have just never set up Messages, you might be wondering how to get started with the app.
Follow these simple steps, and you'll be chatting with your friends in no time at all.
- How to set up Messages on the Mac
- How to set up Messages in iCloud in macOS
- How to set up Messages in iCloud in iOS
How to set up Messages on the Mac
- Launch Messages from your desktop, dock, or Applications folder.
- Enter your Apple ID email address and password. If you have two-step or two-factor authentication turned on for your Apple ID, enter your verification code.
Click on Messages in the Menu bar
- Click Preferences.
Click Accounts tab.
- Select the phone number and email addresses at which you would like to be reached.
Choose which phone number or email address people will see when you start a new conversation.
How to set up Messages in iCloud in macOS
Messages in iCloud keeps both your iMessages and standard SMS in sync between your Mac and your iOS devices, and also lets you download your messages when you set up a brand new device.
- Open Messages from your Dock or Applications folder.
Click Messages in the Menu bar.
Click the Accounts tab.
Click on your iMessage account.
Click the checkbox next to Enable Messages on iCloud.
Click the Sync Now button to sync immediately.
And that's how you turn on iMessage sync.
How to set up Messages in iCloud in iOS
To fully take advantage of Messages in iCloud, you'll need to turn it on for any iOS or iPadOS devices you own.
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Update June 2020: Updated for the latest macOS.
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