How to Receive Text Messages on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Receiving text messages on your Mac can be a convenient way to stay connected and streamline your communication. With the help of Apple’s Continuity feature, you can easily receive and reply to SMS and iMessage texts directly from your Mac.

Setting up Text Message Forwarding
To begin receiving text messages on your Mac, you’ll need to set up text message forwarding between your iPhone and your Mac. Here’s how:

Step 1: Unlock your iPhone and open the Settings app. Step 2: Scroll down and tap on “Messages”.

Step 3: In the Messages settings, tap on “Text Message Forwarding”. Step 4: You will see a list of devices associated with your Apple ID. Find your Mac in the list and toggle it on.

Once you’ve completed these steps, you’re ready to receive text messages on your Mac.

Receiving Text Messages
When someone sends you a text message, it will now appear as a notification on your Mac. You can click on the notification to view the message or dismiss it if you’re not interested in reading it at that moment.

If you miss a notification or want to view all of your recent messages, you can also access them through the Messages app on your Mac.

To open the Messages app, simply click on the Launchpad icon (or use Spotlight search) to find and open Messages. Once in the app, you’ll see a list of all recent conversations. Clicking on a conversation will display the full conversation history, including any new messages received since you last checked.

Sending Text Messages
Not only can you receive text messages on your Mac, but you can also send them! To send a new message:

Step 1: Open the Messages app. Step 2: Click on the “New Message” button (represented by a square with a pencil icon). Step 3: In the “To:” field, start typing the name or phone number of the contact you want to message.

The app will suggest contacts based on your existing conversations. Step 4: Type your message in the text box at the bottom of the window. Step 5: Press “Enter” or click on the paper airplane icon to send your message.

Organizing Your Messages
If you receive a lot of messages, it’s helpful to keep them organized. The Messages app offers several features to help you manage and find specific messages:

Search: At the top-right corner of the Messages app, there is a search bar. You can use this search bar to find specific keywords or phrases within your conversations.

Favorites: To mark a conversation as a favorite, hover over it in the conversation list and click on the star icon that appears. Favorited conversations will appear at the top of your conversation list for easy access.

Tips and Tricks
Here are some additional tips and tricks for effectively managing text messages on your Mac:

  • Mute Conversations: If you’re part of a group conversation that’s getting too noisy, you can mute notifications for that specific conversation. Right-click on the conversation in the Messages app and select “Mute Notifications”.
  • Delete Conversations: To delete a conversation, right-click on it in the Messages app and select “Delete”.

    Be careful though, as this action cannot be undone.

  • Sending Attachments: You can also send attachments through iMessage on your Mac. Simply drag and drop files into the conversation window or click on the paperclip icon to select files from your computer.


Receiving text messages on your Mac is a convenient way to stay connected and manage your communication. By setting up text message forwarding and using the Messages app, you can easily receive and send texts directly from your Mac.

With features like search, favorites, and attachment sending, managing your messages is a breeze. Stay organized and never miss an important message again with this seamless integration between your iPhone and Mac.

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