How to Enable Messages on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to enable Messages on your Mac. Messages is a powerful tool that allows you to send and receive messages, photos, videos, and more from your Mac. By enabling Messages on your Mac, you can stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues even when you are away from your iPhone or iPad.

Step 1: Launch the Messages App

To enable Messages on your Mac, start by launching the Messages app. You can find it in the Applications folder or by searching for it using Spotlight (press Command + Space and type “Messages”). Once you locate the app, click on it to open.

Step 2: Sign In with Your Apple ID

Before you can start using Messages on your Mac, you need to sign in with your Apple ID. If you already have an Apple ID set up for iCloud or other Apple services, use the same credentials here. If not, click on “Create New Account” and follow the instructions to create a new Apple ID.

Step 3: Enable iMessage

Once signed in with your Apple ID, navigate to “Preferences” from the “Messages” menu at the top of your screen. In the Preferences window that appears, click on the “Accounts” tab. Here, make sure that “Enable this account” is checked next to your Apple ID email address.


If you don’t see your Apple ID listed under Accounts, click on the “+” button at the bottom left corner of the Preferences window and follow the prompts to add it.

Step 4: Configure Message Settings

In addition to enabling iMessage on your Mac, there are a few settings you may want to configure to optimize your messaging experience. To access these settings, go to “Preferences” from the “Messages” menu and click on the “General” tab.

  • Show when you’re active: This option allows others to see when you are online and available for messaging. Check or uncheck this box based on your preference.
  • Show read receipts: Enabling this option will allow others to see when you have read their messages.

    You can toggle this setting on or off according to your preference.

  • Keep messages: Specify how long you want to keep your messages on your Mac. You can choose between 30 days, 1 year, or forever.

Step 5: Start Messaging

Now that Messages is enabled on your Mac, you are ready to start messaging! To send a new message, click on the Compose button (looks like a pencil and paper) in the top-left corner of the Messages app window.

Enter the recipient’s name, phone number, or email address in the “To:” field and start typing your message in the text box at the bottom of the window. Press Enter or click on the Send button (looks like a paper airplane) to send your message.

You can also view and reply to incoming messages by selecting them from the list of conversations in the Messages app window. Simply click on a conversation and type your response in the text box at the bottom of the window.


To add more visual elements such as emojis, images, or videos to your messages, use the icons located above the text box when composing a new message or replying to an existing conversation.

Congratulations! You have successfully enabled Messages on your Mac. Now you can stay connected and communicate with your contacts seamlessly from your Mac.

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