How to sync messages from iPhone to Mac

Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
January 30, 2024
7 minutes to read

One of the best features of Apple’s iMessages is that they can sync across all your Apple devices using your Apple ID account. This article explains how to sync messages from iPhone to Mac.

Sync Messages from iPhone to Mac


  1. What is iMessage?
  2. How to connect messages to your Mac
  3. Why is iMessage not working on my Mac?
  4. How to turn off iMessage on Mac

Before we start

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What is iMessage?

iMessage is an Apple service released with iOS 5. It’s used to send text and multimedia to Apple devices via Wi-Fi or cellular Internet, bypassing standard SMS and MMS.

iMessage requires the device to be linked to your Apple ID account. If you log in to them with the same Apple ID, you can get and send messages on any of your Apple devices.

You can tell what kind of message you’ve received on your Apple device by its color. If the color is blue, it’s an iMessage. If it’s highlighted green, then it’s a normal SMS. Priority is always given to iMessages.

Read also: “How to unsend iMessage

How to connect messages to your Mac

If you want to sync your messages between your iPhone and Mac, you need to make sure that both devices are signed in to the same Apple ID and have iMessage enabled. Follow the steps for iPhone and Mac below.

On iPhone:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap Messages.
  3. Tap Send & Receive.
  4. Ensure that your Apple ID on your iPhone is the same as on your Mac.
iphone imessage

If you want to enable synchronizing iMessage with iCloud on your iPhone, do the following:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap your name at the top of the screen.
  3. Select iCloud → tap Show All → enable messages in iCloud.
iPhone screens showing synchronizing iMessage with iCloud on your iPhone

On your Mac:

  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Click Messages in the menu bar.
  3. Select Settings from the drop-down list.
  4. Switch to the iMessage tab.
  5. Ensure that you’re using the same Apple ID as on your iPhone.
  6. Turn on iCloud synchronization.
  7. Once you sync the messages, you’ll see all messages from the app on your iPhone in the Messages app on your Mac.
iMessage settings window

Why is iMessage not working on my Mac?

If you are having trouble sending or receiving iMessages on your Mac, there are several possible causes and solutions. Try the following tips to solve your issue:

  • Check whether you’re using the same Apple ID account on your devices. To sync iMessages between iPhone and Mac, they need to be signed in to the same Apple ID account.
  • Check iMessage settings. Link your messages to a phone number or email, and then use the same number or email to set up the Messages app on macOS. All iMessage correspondence will be duplicated on your devices.
  • Make sure you have the latest versions of iOS and macOS. Old systems may often be the reason why iMessages won’t sync.
  • Try resetting network settings. Network problems can often prevent iMessage from working like it should.
  • If you’ve tried all of these steps, try restarting both your iPhone and your Mac.

How to turn off iMessage on Mac

If, for some reason, you want to stop syncing messages and turn off getting them on your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Messages app on your Mac.
  2. In the menu bar, click Messages and select Settings.
  3. Go to the iMessage tab.
  4. Uncheck the “Enable Messages in iCloud.”
  5. Confirm by clicking on Disable This Device.
  6. Sign out of your Apple ID account.
Turning off iMessages


In this article, we explained how to get text messages on your Mac. We hope we could help you solve any issues when iMessage is not syncing. If you still can’t connect messages to your computer, write to us in the comments below, and we’ll do our best to help!


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