Mac iMessages work pretty much the same as they do on your iPhone and iPad. Sending pictures, videos and messages via iMessage couldn’t be easier. A reason why I prefer to send messages from my Mac is that I’m faster typing on a computer than my iPhone, pictures and video’s tend to send quicker on your Mac, and you can send work documents and voice memo’s in a flash.
Did you know that Yosemite iMessages is now able to send SMS messages via your Mac too, as before you could only send a message to someone that had their iMessages activated my internet, mobile data etc that’s Pretty cool eh.
How To Set Up iMessage on Your Mac Computer
A lot of people can have a few issues on setting up their Mac for iMessages for the first time, but here is a step by step easy guide on how to set up in minute
1) Firstly you will need to locate your iMessages app by either opening it from your Dock with a click or by going to your application folder and opening it from their.
2) Once you have opened up the application go to the above toolbar and click on iMessage that will be in bold.
3) A menu will automatically pop up > Select Preferences from that menu.
4) Now click the tab that says Accounts
5) You will notice a couple of account options such as Bonjour, iMessage, Aol etc. Click the tab iMessage to proceed as this will be your main account for sending messages.
6) You will need your Apple ID to activate and set up iMessages. If you have your ID at the ready now’s a good time to enter your ID and password.
7) You will now notice that iMessages is activated with your Apple ID email address for your Mac as the main address.
8) If you would like to add your mobile number to the list select your mobile number which should come up by default when you sign in with your Apple ID. If you mobile number is not an option you can choose to add it in manually.
9) Choose which contact details you would like to start new conversations from your email(s) or phone number. Meaning when you send an iMessage from your Mac the message will arrive at your contacts phone or computer from your phone number or email address. I personally prefer to choose start conversation from my mobile number.
iMessage Set Up Tips
- To double check your iMessage is definitely up and running try sending a message to yourself. Either by iPhone, iPad etc.
- If you have multiple Apple devices set up for iMessage you will receive that same message on all your devices that are activated.
- Sometimes there can be a delay when turning your computer on to receive iMessages you may have already received on your iPhone.