December 2, 2021

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How to Set Up iMessage on Your Mac

The Messages app in macOS offers users a convenient way of communicating with friends, family, and colleagues across a variety of Apple devices.


With Messages for Mac, you can send unlimited messages to any Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that uses iMessage, Apple’s secure-messaging service. If you have an ‌iPhone‌, you can also send and receive SMS texts.

The following steps show you how to get Messages set up on your Mac, while the second set of steps explain how to set up Messages in iCloud, which keeps your messages in sync between your Mac and your iOS devices.

How to Set up Messages on Your Mac

  1. Launch the Messages app on your Mac – you can find it in the Applications folder. It can also be found in the Dock on new Macs.
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If you enabled Messages in ‌iCloud‌, you’ll also want to make sure it’s enabled on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ so that your messages stay in sync across your devices. Here’s how.

How to Set up Messages in ‌iCloud‌ in iOS

  1. Launch the Settings app on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌.
  2. Tap your ‌Apple ID‌ banner at the top.
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Having Messages in ‌iCloud‌ enabled doesn’t just keep your messages in sync – it also means you’ll be able to download your message history whenever you set up a brand new device.