How to Turn on Messages on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you looking to activate the Messages app on your Mac? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to turn on Messages on Mac. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Launching the Messages App

To begin, locate and click on the Messages icon in your Dock, which is usually found at the bottom of your screen. Alternatively, you can open it from the Applications folder in Finder.

Step 2: Signing in to Your Apple ID

If you have not signed in to your Apple ID on the Messages app before, a prompt will appear asking you to sign in. Enter your Apple ID and password, then click on the Sign In button.

Step 3: Enabling Messages in iCloud (optional)

iCloud allows you to sync your messages across all of your Apple devices. To enable this feature, go to Messages > Preferences.

In the Preferences window, click on the iMessage tab and check the box next to “Enable Messages in iCloud”. This will ensure that all of your messages are synchronized between your Mac and other iOS devices.

Step 4: Configuring Message Settings (optional)

You can customize various settings for the Messages app according to your preferences. To do this, go to Messages > Preferences. Here, you can modify options such as notifications, alerts, and message history.

a) Notifications:

In the Notifications tab of Preferences, you can choose how you want to be notified about new messages. You can select “None” to disable notifications or configure them to appear as banners or alerts.

b) Alerts:

The Alerts tab allows you to customize the sound that plays when you receive a new message. You can also choose whether the message’s sender and content are displayed in the alert.

c) Message History:

The Message History tab lets you decide how long you want your messages to be stored on your Mac. You can choose from “Forever”, “1 year”, “30 days”, or “1 day”. Selecting a shorter time period can help save storage space on your device.

Step 5: Adding Accounts (optional)

If you have multiple accounts, such as Google Chat or other messaging services, you can integrate them into the Messages app. Open the Messages app and go to Messages > Add Account. Follow the on-screen instructions to add your desired accounts.

Step 6: Starting a New Conversation

You’re all set! To begin a new conversation, click on the pencil icon in the top left corner of the Messages app window.

Enter the recipient’s name, phone number, or email address in the search bar, then compose your message in the text field at the bottom of the window. Press Return or click on the paper airplane icon to send your message.


You have successfully turned on Messages on your Mac. Now you can stay connected with friends and family using this convenient messaging app. Enjoy!

Remember, if you encounter any issues or have further questions, don’t hesitate to refer to Apple’s support documentation or contact their customer support for assistance.

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