How to Get SMS Messages on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of constantly picking up your phone to read and reply to text messages while working on your Mac? Well, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we will show you how to get SMS messages directly on your Mac, so you can stay productive without having to switch between devices.


  • A Mac running macOS High Sierra or later
  • An iPhone running iOS 8.1 or later
  • A stable internet connection on both devices

Step 1: Enable Text Message Forwarding on your iPhone

To start receiving SMS messages on your Mac, you need to enable text message forwarding on your iPhone. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Select “Messages” from the list.
  3. Tap “Text Message Forwarding.”
  4. You should see a list of devices associated with your Apple ID. Toggle the switch next to your Mac to enable text message forwarding.
  5. If prompted, enter the verification code that appears on your Mac.

Note: Make sure both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and logged in with the same Apple ID for this feature to work properly.

Step 2: Set Up Messages App on Your Mac

If you haven’t already set up the Messages app on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Messages app from the Applications folder or Launchpad.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Troubleshooting Tip:

If you’re having trouble signing in, make sure you have two-factor authentication enabled on your Apple ID. You can check this by going to the Apple ID website and navigating to the Security section.

Step 3: Start Receiving SMS Messages on Your Mac

Once you’ve completed the previous steps, you’re ready to receive SMS messages on your Mac. Any text messages sent to your iPhone will now appear in the Messages app on your Mac.

Note: You can send and receive both iMessages and SMS messages from your Mac. iMessages are sent over Wi-Fi or cellular data, while SMS messages require a cellular connection.

Additional Tips:

  • If you want to reply to a message, simply click on it and start typing in the text box at the bottom of the Messages app window.
  • To start a new conversation, click on the “New Message” button or use the shortcut Command + N.
  • If you no longer want to receive SMS messages on your Mac, go back to your iPhone’s Settings app, select “Messages,” and disable text message forwarding for your Mac.

Note: Remember that this feature only forwards SMS messages and not other types of notifications like calls or app alerts.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully set up text message forwarding on your iPhone and started receiving SMS messages on your Mac.

Now you can stay connected and respond to important texts without interrupting your workflow. Enjoy this convenient feature!

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