How to Sign Into Messages on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this step-by-step tutorial on how to sign into Messages on your Mac! Signing into Messages allows you to send and receive iMessages and text messages directly from your computer. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Open the Messages App

To begin, locate the Messages app on your Mac. You can find it in your Applications folder or by using Spotlight search (press Command + Space and type “Messages”). Click on the app icon to open it.

Step 2: Sign in with your Apple ID

Once you have the Messages app open, you’ll see a menu bar at the top of your screen. Click on “Messages” in the menu bar, then select “Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

A new window will appear with various tabs.

Click on the “Accounts” tab.

Next, click on the “+” button at the bottom left corner of the window to add an account.

In the popup window that appears, select “iMessage” as the account type and enter your Apple ID and password in the respective fields. If you don’t have an Apple ID yet, you can create one by clicking on “Create Apple ID. “

After entering your credentials, click “Next” and wait for Messages to sign you in.

Step 3: Verify Phone Number and Email Addresses

Once signed in, you’ll see a list of phone numbers and email addresses associated with your Apple ID. Make sure these are correct as they will be used for sending and receiving messages.

If any of these details are incorrect or missing, click on “Add Email or Phone Number” to add or update them.

Step 4: Syncing Messages with iCloud (optional)

If you have an iPhone or other Apple devices, you can enable Messages in iCloud to keep all your messages updated and synced across your devices.

To enable Messages in iCloud, go back to the “Preferences” window by clicking on “Messages” in the menu bar and selecting “Preferences.”

In the “Accounts” tab, select your Apple ID from the list on the left.

Check the box next to “Enable Messages in iCloud.”

Step 5: Start Messaging!

Once you’ve signed into Messages on your Mac, you’re ready to start sending and receiving messages. You can send iMessages to other Apple users or text messages to non-Apple users directly from your computer.

To compose a new message, click on the new message icon (represented by a square with a pencil) in the top left corner of the Messages app.

Enter the recipient’s name, phone number, or email address in the “To” field and type your message in the text box at the bottom of the window. Press Enter to send!


Congratulations! You’ve successfully signed into Messages on your Mac.

Now you can seamlessly communicate with friends, family, and colleagues right from your computer. Enjoy messaging!

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