The best thing about Apple’s Messages is the fact that all of your messages are unified across your iPhones, iPads, and Macs, as long as you’re logged in to the same Apple ID on all devices. However, as much as we wish everyone were using iMessage and a blue-bubble user, SMS text messages are still popular because not everyone uses an iPhone. Did you know that you can still get text messages on your Mac? It’s super easy, and we’re going to show you how to get that up and running.
But before you get started with anything, you’ll want to check to make sure that Messages on your Mac is set up properly.
How to turn on Text Message Forwarding
- Ensure that you’re logged in to the same Apple ID on both your iPhone and Mac.
- Open Settings on your iPhone.
- Select Messages.
- Tap on Text Message Forwarding.
- Toggle the ON/OFF switch on the Mac(s) you want to get text messages on.
- Also toggle the switch for any other devices you want text messages to show up on, such as iPads.
Now, as long as your iPhone is turned on and connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network, any new SMS or MMS text messages you receive on your iPhone (green text bubbles) are forwarded to your selected devices. You can also reply to these text and multimedia messages using your Mac too.
Apple now keeps all of your messages history in iCloud, so it’s always updated and available on all of your Apple devices, even brand new ones.
How to Enable Messages in iCloud
- Make sure you’re logged in to the correct Apple ID on your iPhone, iPad, and Macs that you want synced up.
- On your iPhone, go to Settings.
- Tap on your Apple ID account, which is shown at the top.
- Select iCloud.
- Toggle the ON/OFF switch for Messages.
- On your Mac, open the Preferences for Messages.
- Click on the iMessage tab in the settings.
- Click the checkbox for the Enable Messages in iCloud option.
- Your messages should now be synchronized across all devices using the same Apple ID. You can also click Sync Now in the Messages settings to force a sync.
If message syncing or text forwarding is not working
If you’re having some issues with getting your messages synced in iCloud or even getting your text, then you should try the following:
- If you’ve accumulated a lot of messages, then Messages in iCloud may just require some extra time to get everything uploaded and synced. You could cut down on file size to help the process go by faster. Go to iPhone Settings, then General, tap on iPhone Storage, and then find Messages. Select the type of media you want to get rid of, then tap on Edit to choose files and then delete them with the Delete button.
- Make sure that you’re using the same Apple ID on your Mac as well as your iPhone. This is one of the most important steps, and if you’re using two different accounts, your messages won’t be synced and text message forwarding won’t work.
- Try turning off text message forwarding on your iPhone and then toggle it again, making sure it’s with the same Apple ID.
Make sure that your iPhone is connected to a working Wi-Fi or cellular connection. If you have no signal, then you won’t be able to get messages and they won’t be forwarded to your Mac either. Try toggling the Wi-Fi off and back on first, as this may fix any connectivity issues…..Read More>>>