How to Set up iMessage On Multiple Devices Correctly

If you don’t set up iMessage on multiple devices correctly, chances are you’ll run into some sort of an iMessage chaos and fiasco at some point of time. I see this happening quite frequently.

Setting up iMessage on one particular device is quite easy and if you don’t run into troubles during the first stage, you should be up and running iMessage very quickly. However, when you set up iMessage on multiple devices including an iPad, the Mac and possibly an iPod Touch too, you might have to do it meticulously.

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How to Set up iMessage for Multiple Devices – Correctly

iMessage graduated to being able to relay messages in sync to all your devices that are interconnected to the same iMessage number and email. This means your iPhone, iPad, and Mac can all send and receive iMessages.

This was part of Apple’s plan to integrate the service into all the devices that you’d be using. So when you get an iMessage when you are using your Mac, you don’t have to get up to pick the iPhone to read it. It gets delivered to your Mac.

But this happens when you set things up correctly. If not, some messages might get delivered to the iPhone, some to the iPad and some to the Mac and some lost to the wind.

Here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen

Step #1. If you’ve already set up iMessage, turn it OFF on all devices. Wait for a while before proceeding to step #2.

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Step #2. Now, activate iMessage on the iPhone. Only the iPhone. Configure the options if you must. But make sure that the number and email are correct and marked with a tick. Under Start Conversations from, check the email ID that you used for iMessage.

Step #3. You should now wait for a while and may ask your friend to send you an iMessage just to make sure things are working till this point.

Step #4. Once things normally work, set up iMessage on another device. Say, the Mac. By doing this, you are setting up the iPhone as the “master-device” while the rest of the devices work as subs.

Step #5. On Mac, make sure the conversations start from the email ID.

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Step #6. Repeat the process for other devices, one by one and check if iMessage gets sent to all devices correctly right after you setup the devices.

So that’s about it. Run into troubles? Let us know!

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.


  1. article well written and easy to understand for a person who is not computer savvy, i have tried what you suggested a few times and its not working.
    looking to have iMessage on my iPhone, iPad and Macbook Pro.

  2. What do you mean by “turn off” – is it same as quit? How do I turn it off on my iMac? Some device specific clarity would be nice.

  3. I’m going to try this, If you’re used to using Apple devices I don’t see why this article is unclear…although, thats coming from myself who’s having a hard time sorting my iMessage device priorities so…. I’m no expert.

  4. Wait “awhile” is completely unclear. What’a “awhile”? 30 seconds? 4 hours? Why would you assume anyone has any clue what you’re implying?


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