How to Set Up iMessage on Mac: Beginner’s Guide

iMessage is widely believed to be the best messaging app designed specifically for Apple ecosystem. If you are new to macOS and want to get started with the popular messaging app, refer this quick guide to set up and use iMessage on Mac and share your thoughts about it download below in the comments.

Despite the availability of a number of viable options, iMessage remains my top bet to communicate with people who are using the Apple ecosystem. Apart from being feature-rich, the messaging app is undoubtedly most secure. If you have switched to macOS, you would be (most probably) excited to set up iMessage on your Mac to start freewheeling conversations with your friends.

Getting started with the Messages app for macOS is as upfront as it can ever get. All you have to do is just sign in and choose the email ID and phone number you wish to use. More after the break:

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How to Set Up and Use iMessage on Mac

When you first open the Messages app, it asks you to login using your Apple ID. To have seamless experience, you can sign in using the same ID that you use on your other devices.

Step #1. Launch Messages app on your Mac and sign in using your Apple ID and password.

Sign in to Messages App on Mac

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Note: if you have enabled two-step or two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, enter your verification code.

Step #2. Now, click on Messages in the Menu bar and choose Preferences.

Click on Messages in the Mac Menu bar and choose Preferences

Step #3. Next, click Accounts tab and then choose the phone number and email addresses you want to be reached at.

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Click Accounts tab and then choose phone number and email addresses in Mac Messages App

Once you have signed in, you can start chatting with your friends.

How to Start a Conversation in Messages App on Mac

Step #1. Open Messages app on your Mac.

Step #2. Now, type in the message in the field at the bottom of the window.

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Type in the message in Mac Messages App

Step #3. If you want to include emoji, click on the emoji button and select a cool one.

Click on Emoji button in Mac Messages App

To include an image or another file, you need to drag or paste it into the message field.

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If you wish to add audio recording, click on the microphone button and then record your message.

Click on Microphone button in Mac Messages App

Step #4. Once you are done, hit the return button to send the message.

With macOS Sierra, you can add Tapback to your message. Basically, it’s a quick response that allows you to express your feedback. Keep reading:

How to Add a Tapback to an iMessage on Mac

Step #1. Open Messages app and open a conversation.

Step #2. Now, you have to control-click a message bubble to open a shortcut menu and select Tapback from the menu.

Open Shortcut menu and select Tapback in Mac Messages App

Step #3. Next, choose a click a Tapback to add it to the message bubble.

Choose Tapback to add it to the message bubble in Mac Messages App

Your Tapback will be visible to everyone in the conversation who is using iMessage with macOS Sierra or iOS 10.

Don’t want to be disturbed by the notifications about a particular conversation? No problem, you have the option to turn off DND for a specific chat.

How to Enable Do Not Disturb for Individual iMessage Conversation on Mac

Step #1. Open Messages app on your Mac and head over to the conversation in question.

Step #2. Click on Details at the top right corner and then check the box for Do Not Disturb.

Check the box to enable Do Not Disturb for Individual iMessage Conversation on Mac

Going forward, you won’t be disturbed by the incoming conversations.

How to Start FaceTime Video or Audio Call from iMessage on Mac

While chatting with your friends, you can start video or audio call using FaceTime right from within the app.

Step #1. Open Messages app on your Mac → Individual conversation → Details at the top right.

Step #2. Now, select audio call or video call to begin the conversation.

Select Video call and Audio call to Start FaceTime in iMessage on Mac

How to Share Your Screen right from iMessage on Mac

Step #1. Launch Messages app on your Mac → Individual conversation → Details at the top right.

Step #2. Now, select .

Share Your Screen right from iMessage on Mac

No longer want others to know whether or not you have read their message. You have the option to disable read receipts for specific conversation for more privacy.

How to Disable Read Receipts for Individual Conversation in Messages App on Mac

Step #1. Launch Messages app on your Mac → Individual conversation → Details at the top right.

Step #2. Now, uncheck the box next to Send Read Receipts.

Uncheck the box to Disable Read Receipts for Individual Conversation in Messages App on Mac

If you ever want to re-enable read receipts, follow the same steps and check the box in the end.

How to Delete an iMessage bubble on Mac

Step #1. Open Messages app and go the conversation.

Step #2. Now, you need to control-click the blank area of a message bubble that you wish to delete and select Delete.

Delete an iMessage bubble on Mac

Step #3. Click on Delete to confirm.

Click on Delete to confirm in Mac Messages App

How to Delete an iMessage Conversation on Mac

Step #1. Open Messages app on your Mac and then control-click a conversation.

Step #2. Now, select Delete Conversation and confirm.

Delete an iMessage Conversation on Mac

How to Sync Messages with iCloud in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra

With macOS High Sierra and iOS 11, you can sync your messages with iCloud. Jump over to this guide to know more.

That’s pretty much it!

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Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on iGeeksBlog.com. He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.

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