iMessage was introduced as an instant messaging feature built right into the messaging app for iOS. It remains one of the most used free messaging apps in the world. Furthermore, it seamlessly integrates with the SMS protocol. So, if there is no internet connection, iMessage converts what you have sent into an SMS and delivers it that way.
Using iMessage is secure as each device using it is encrypted so that no one can read or even decrypt the messages except for the sender and receiver.
Now, if you would like to access your messages when you are not near your phone, you can easily do it via your Mac. This article will show you how to connect iMessage to Mac so that you can send text messages from there.
Installing iMessage on your Mac
Fortunately, your Mac comes with iMessage by default. If it occurs that you haven’t launched iMessage on your device before, you should:
- Go to the Applications folder on your Mac
- Scroll down to iMessages
- Click on its logo to launch
How to set up and connect iMessage to Mac
Now, to proceed with setting up iMessage on your Mac:
- Log in to your iCloud account.
- Tap the Configuration icon on the Menu
- Check the box next to Enable this Account and one next to Enable Messages on iCloud
- Click on Sync Now to download your message history so that you don’t have to start afresh
- Check the boxes next to your phone number and email addresses.
Your iMessage will now be well set up on Mac. You can then start a conversation from your iPhone and continue them on Mac and vice versa. Any new message will be delivered to both your iPhone and Mac.
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Starting a conversation
After connecting iMessage to Mac, you can now communicate like you would via your iPhone. In this case, you need to know how to add your recipient’s name or number and use other iMessage features on Mac.
To use iMessage:
- Open your iMessage app
- Click on the new message icon. This icon is next to the search box
- Go to the text field at the bottom and type your message
- You may add an emoji or special character by simply clicking on the smiley face
- Drag and drop a video or image onto the conversation if you want
- You can also send a voice message. Do this by clicking on the microphone icon at the bottom right to record your voice message.
- Start typing your recipient’s name or phone number; the contacts app will be giving suggestions as you type. You may also click on the + icon to open your list of contacts.
Furthermore, iMessage allows you to reply to a message with a reaction; a Tapback.
If you want to add a Tapback:
- Right-click on a message in the dialog window
- Select Tapback
- Choose one of the reactions in the list.
If you want to delete an existing Tapback from a message, right-click on it then choose delete.
iMessage is convenient to use especially when you want to access your messages across devices. I hope with this guide, you will be able to connect iMessage to Mac.
Alex is an IT technician who shares his experiences with Apple devices occasionally. He has a collection of Apple devices (from iPhone 4) and has recently started trying out Android.
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