How to Use Messages on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Messaging is an essential part of our daily lives, and with macOS, using Messages on your Mac is a breeze. Whether you want to send a quick text or have a full-fledged conversation with someone, the Messages app on Mac provides a seamless experience. In this article, we will dive into the various features and functionalities of Messages on Mac and how you can make the most out of it.

Getting Started with Messages

To begin using Messages on your Mac, follow these simple steps:

  1. Launch the Messages app from your Applications folder or by searching for it using Spotlight.
  2. If you have previously set up your Apple ID on your Mac, you will be prompted to sign in. Otherwise, click on “Create Account” and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Once signed in, you can start messaging right away!

Sending Messages

Sending a Text Message: To send a text message to someone, simply click on the “New Message” button (the pen icon) in the top-left corner of the Messages window. Then enter the recipient’s phone number or email address in the “To:” field and start typing your message.

Sending an iMessage: If you want to send an iMessage to another Apple user, make sure they have their iMessage enabled. You can identify an iMessage by its blue color. Follow the same steps as sending a text message, but enter their phone number or email address associated with their Apple ID.

Managing Conversations

Messages on Mac allows you to easily manage your conversations and keep them organized.

Favorites: To add someone as a favorite for quick access, right-click on their name in the sidebar and select “Add to Favorites.” They will now appear at the top of your sidebar for easy access.

Search: If you have a lot of conversations and need to find a specific message or conversation, use the search bar at the top right corner of the Messages window. Simply type in keywords, names, or phrases, and Messages will display relevant results.

Formatting Text

When composing a message, you can use various formatting options to make your text stand out.

Bold Text: To make text bold, surround it with tags. For example: This text will appear bold.

Underlined Text: To underline text, wrap it with tags. For example: This text will be underlined.

Sending Attachments

Messages on Mac allows you to send and receive attachments effortlessly.

Sending Photos: To send a photo, click on the camera icon next to the message input field. You can then select a photo from your Photos library or drag and drop an image from Finder directly into the Messages window.

Sending Files: To send files other than photos, simply drag and drop them into the Messages window. You can send documents, PDFs, videos, and more!

Group Conversations

Group conversations in Messages on Mac are great for planning events or discussing topics with multiple people.

Create a Group: To create a group conversation, select “New Message” and enter multiple recipients’ names or phone numbers in the “To:” field. You can also add people to an existing conversation by clicking on the “Details” button in the top-right corner of the chat window and selecting “Add Contact.”

Mentioning People: In group conversations, you can mention someone specifically by typing their name preceded by the “@” symbol. This will notify and highlight their name for others in the conversation.


Using Messages on Mac is a convenient way to stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues. From sending simple text messages to sharing files and participating in group conversations, the Messages app offers a rich set of features that enhance your messaging experience. So go ahead, explore these features, and make the most out of Messages on your Mac!

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