How to set up Messages on your Mac

Wondering how to set up the Messages app on your Mac? Here's how!

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

  1. Launch Messages from your desktop, dock, or Applications folder.
  2. 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.
  3. Click on Messages in the Menu bar and select Preferences.

    Enter your ID, open Preferences

  4. Select the Accounts tab.

  5. Select the phone number and email addresses at which you would like to be reached.

    Click Accounts, pick your reachable numbers/addresses

  6. Choose which phone number or email address people will see when you start a new conversation.

    Pick which number/email address will display when you message someone


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