How to Use Imessage on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user who wants to take full advantage of the iMessage app? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to use iMessage on your Mac. With iMessage, you can send text messages, photos, videos, and even make audio or video calls to other Apple users seamlessly.

Step 1: Set Up iMessage on Your Mac

To begin using iMessage on your Mac, ensure that you have an Apple ID. If not, create one by going to the official Apple website and following the instructions provided. Once you have an Apple ID, follow these steps to set up iMessage:

  • Open Messages: Locate and open the Messages app on your Mac. You can find it in your Applications folder or use Spotlight search.
  • Sign in: If prompted, sign in using your Apple ID credentials.
  • Enable iMessage: Go to Preferences from the Messages menu or press Command + Comma (⌘ + ,).

    Click on the Accounts tab and check the box next to “Enable this account.” Make sure your phone number and email address are selected for sending and receiving messages.

Step 2: Start a Conversation

Now that you have set up iMessage on your Mac, it’s time to start a conversation with someone. Follow these simple steps:

  • New Message: Click on the “New Message” button or press Command + N (⌘ + N).
  • Add Recipients: Enter the name, email address, or phone number of the person you want to message in the “To:” field. iMessage will suggest contacts from your address book as you type.
  • Type Your Message: In the text field at the bottom of the window, start typing your message. You can also attach files, photos, or videos by clicking on the respective icons.
  • Send Your Message: Press Enter or click on the arrow button to send your message.

Step 3: Use Advanced Features

iMessage on Mac offers several advanced features that enhance your messaging experience. Let’s explore some of them:

Bold and Italic Text

To emphasize certain words or phrases, you can use bold or italic text in your iMessage conversations. Simply wrap the desired text in <b> tags for bold and <i> tags for italic.

<b>This text will be bold</b>
<i>This text will be italicized</i>

Underlined Text

If you want to underline specific text, use the <u> tag. Here’s an example:

<u>This text will be underlined</u>

Create Lists

To make a list within your iMessage, use the


  • tags. Here’s an example of an ordered list:

      <li>First item</li>
      <li>Second item</li>
      <li>Third item</li>


    If you want to add subheaders to your iMessage, use the appropriate heading tags such as


    , etc. For example:

    <h3>This is a subheader</h3>

    With these advanced features, you can make your iMessage conversations more engaging and visually appealing.

    Step 4: Customize iMessage Settings

    To customize your iMessage settings on Mac, follow these steps:

    • Preferences: Go to Preferences from the Messages menu or press Command + Comma (⌘ + ,).
    • General: In the General tab, you can set options like message display format, message history duration, and notification settings.
    • Accounts: In the Accounts tab, you can manage your Apple ID and associated phone numbers and email addresses.
    • Notifications: In the Notifications tab, you can customize how you receive notifications for new messages.

    Congratulations! You have now learned how to use iMessage on your Mac effectively.

    Start messaging your friends and family with ease using this powerful app. Enjoy seamless communication across all your Apple devices!

    iMessage on Mac is a fantastic tool for staying connected with others. Whether it’s sending a quick text or having a video call, iMessage provides a seamless experience that keeps you connected no matter where you are. So go ahead and start using iMessage on your Mac today!

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