How to Get Text Messages on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of constantly switching between your iPhone and Mac to read and reply to text messages? Well, we have good news for you!

With the latest versions of macOS and iOS, you can now receive and send text messages directly from your Mac. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to get text messages on your Mac.


To get started, make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • An Apple ID: Ensure that you are signed in with the same Apple ID on both your iPhone and Mac.
  • iCloud: Make sure iCloud is enabled on both devices.
  • macOS version: Your Mac should be running macOS Yosemite (version 10.10) or later.
  • iOS version: Your iPhone should be running iOS 8.1 or later.

Step 1: Enable Text Message Forwarding on iPhone

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

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Select Messages.
  3. Tap Text Message Forwarding.
  4. You will see a list of devices linked to your Apple ID. Find your Mac in the list and toggle its switch to enable text message forwarding to it.
  5. Enable Text Message Forwarding

Step 2: Set Up Messages on Your Mac

Once you have enabled text message forwarding on your iPhone, it’s time to set up the Messages app on your Mac to receive and reply to messages. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Messages app on your Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder or by using Spotlight Search.
  2. If prompted, sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. In the menu bar, click on Messages and select Preferences.
  4. In the Preferences window, go to the iMessage tab.
  5. Ensure that your Apple ID is selected.

    If not, sign in with your Apple ID.

  6. Messages Preferences

  7. Check the box next to “Enable this account”. This will enable iMessage on your Mac and sync it with your iPhone.
  8. Enable iMessage

You’re All Set!

Congratulations! You have successfully set up text message forwarding on your iPhone and configured the Messages app on your Mac.

Now, anytime you receive a text message on your iPhone, you will also see it on your Mac. You can read and reply to messages directly from your computer without needing to pick up your phone!

We hope this tutorial was helpful in guiding you through the process of getting text messages on your Mac. Now you can enjoy the convenience of staying connected across devices seamlessly. Happy texting!

Troubleshooting Tips:

If you encounter any issues while setting up text message forwarding or syncing your messages between devices, here are a few troubleshooting tips:

  • Restart devices: Try restarting both your iPhone and Mac.
  • Check network connections: Ensure that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and have a stable internet connection.
  • Update software: Make sure your iPhone and Mac are running the latest software updates.
  • Disable/enable iMessage: In the Messages app on your Mac, try disabling and then re-enabling iMessage.

We hope these tips help resolve any issues you may encounter. If the problem persists, you can reach out to Apple Support for further assistance.

That’s all for now! Enjoy the convenience of accessing your text messages on your Mac and stay productive without interruptions.

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