How to Reply to a Message on Your Mac – OS X Yosemite

messages macWelcome back! We have just covered how send a Message via the Messages app on your Mac. If you missed this article or would like to recap you can visit it here…

In this quick and simple tutorial we will be showing you how to reply to Messages you receive on your Mac computer.

So here we go..


Quick Reply Notification on Mac

You will notice if you are not currently using your Mac Messages App the notifications centre will pop up to tell you a new message has been received in the top right corner of your screen. If will pop up with a brief description of the message and buttons that say Reply or Close.

1) To reply to the message click reply

2) A small text box will now come up

3) Enter your reply

4) Hit the return button to send the message


Other Ways to Reply to Your Mac Messages

There are other ways to reply to your messages than just the quick reply. The quick reply option is pretty limited as you cannot send any media file or icons.

For a more detailed reply and the option I use most:

1) Open up your Messages Application

2) You will be able to see all your contacts and their message history when you click on them, choose a contact you would like to reply too

3) You will see their full message history in full and deicide what you would like to reply to them with, maybe you would like to add a photo, a video etc?

4) Type your reply in the message box and hit the return button to send your message.

5) If your contact reply’s back to you the message will pop up in the same box with all your message history


How to Delete a Message on Mac

1) To delete a message of your own or a recipients click the message once

2) You will notice that message will now be highlighted

3) To delete the message hit the delete key

4) The message is now deleted, the same method also applies for photo’s and videos


How to Add Emoji to Your Mac Messages

1) When you are sending a reply to someone you will notice on the right hand side of the message box is an icon of a smiley face

2) Click the smiley face icon

3) Many Emoji icons will now pop up, to use one click on the appropriate icon and it will be added to your message.


Activate ‘Do Not Disturb’ on Mac

There may some a point in time where you do not want to be disturbed with incoming messages on your Mac. Sometimes if you are part of a group message loads of reply that may not concern you will keep on coming through. To activate Do Not Disturb:

1) Click on the persons message you no longer want to receive reply’s from

2) At the top right on the message window will be a button names Details 

3) Click Details and you will see a Do Not disturb option to mute the conversation

4) Tick the box Do Not Disturb

5) To deactivate uncheck the box


Send a Voice Reply on Mac

To send a voice reply instead of a standard message next to the Emoji icon is an image of a microphone, click and hold to record your message. Release and hit Return key to send.

How To Send a Message From Your Mac – OS X Yosemite

how to send a message on macWith the new software upgrade to Yosemite, Messages has also had a little makeover. Now with Messages you are able to send standard SMS messages to various handheld devices.


What is Mac Messages?

Mac Messages is a platform on Yosemite where you can send and receive MMS (Multi Media Messages) and SMS (Short Message Service) messages to family and friends using iOS services and Andriod devices straight on your Mac.

For example when you open up the Messages App on your Mac you will be able to send a text message to say an iPhone your sister is using, and you can also send pictures, video’s, voice memo’s etc.


How to Send a Message From your Mac

Sending a message is fairly easy after you have set up the application with your Apple ID and details. For the article on how to set up Messages please click here…

1) On your Dock or Launchpad open up Messages

2) Once in Messages a window will pop up. To add a recipient to send a message too click on New Message at the top of your screen.

3) Another alternative to create a new message is to click on the icon that’s a pad and pen.

4) Enter the phone number of your contact or enter their name (If the person is already in your Mac contact’s their details will come up once the name is entered)

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5) To write a message to your contact click your curser in the ‘Message box’ and start writing.

6) To send the message hit the Enter/Return key on your keypad and the message will automatically send to the recipient

7) Remember when you are sending a message to someone on iOS the message will show in Blue (iMessage), if the person is using a blackberry or an android device the message will be green.

8) If you are sending your message to another also using iOS the message will tell you if it’s been delivered or not.


How to Send a Photo or Video using Mac Messages

To send a photo or video using  Mac Messages just follow these simple steps below

1) Make sure you have your photo or video at the ready on your desktop or have your iPhoto open

2) Now drag the media into the message area and drop

3) To know it’s been added correctly there will be a little thumbnail of the photo or video in the message area

4) You can also decide to add some text in that media message also

5) To send the message hit Enter/Return on your keypad

If you have Messages also set up on your Mac you will notice after sending a message on any of your devices (Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod etc) if will show on each of these devices. Sometimes there can be a slight delay in the update so give it some time.

Did you know you can also send a voice message as well? To send a voice message, in the message box there is an icon of a microphone, click and hold the icon to record your message. To send hit the Return button.

How To Set Up iMessages on Mac OS X Yosemite

imessage set up maciMessages on my Mac is something I can no longer seem to live without! This App is brilliant when you tend to be on your computer more than a few hours per day and if you work online like me.

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 BonjouriMessage, Aol etcClick the tab iMessage to proceed as this will be your main account for sending messages.

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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.

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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.

How to Set Up iMessage?

What is iMessage and How to Use it

Coming standard these days with any iPhone, iPad, iPod, Macbook Pro, including Air and iMac is the extremely helpful and not to mention unlimited ‘FREE’ iMessages!

As Apple themselves state… “Unlimited texting at its best!”

If you are the texty type of person (I know I am) then iMessage will be invaluable to you. Included with the free unlimited texts are free videos and picture share galore! Fantastic as Video messages and picture messages can cost up to a £1 each on some phone networks. Think of all the money you could save!

How to set up iMessage

How Does iMessage Work?

iMessage is basically active when you have access to Wifi, so perfect when you are at home and constantly connected to you wifi router. If you venture out away from the wifi then always make sure you switch on ‘mobile data’ which you can find in you iPhone/iPad settings.

Send Free messages

However make sure you double check you are not charged for sending an iMessage while connected to your mobile data. You will often be charged for internet usage depending on what network you are with. For example EE network have free internet usage if you top up more than £10 a month. If you are on contract you will most likely have a deal already for internet. So make sure you check with your network provider first, we do not want your raking up unsightly phone bills.

Text From Your Mac

Another great feature iMessage brings, is it allows you can connect/sync it to your Mac computer. This means whenever an iMessage comes through to your iPhone it will also come through to your computer too. You can also send and reply to messages from your mac. I always do this as it is so much faster to type and text from your Mac keyboard. Plus this feature is incredibly handy if you are forever misplacing your iPhone like I am. Plus if you wanted to send a document that is sitting on your Mac to someone else, you can do that within seconds, and the same applies with photos and videos you want to share from your mac that are not on your iPhone.

Send Group iMessages

Another very handy tool the iMessage has graced us with is ‘Group Messaging’. You can send a message or photo to your mum, sister and brothers at the same time and when one responds they all get updated at the same time too, a bit like a chat room I must say! 😀

I remember when my sister in law went into labour and my brother sent my whole family a group iMessage so we were all updated with the news at the same time. Bare in mind to send a group iMessage they have to have iMessage activated as well.


How Do You Know When iMessage is Activated and FREE?

Good question! Basically you’ll know when you are sending an iMessage because you text bubble will turn Blue instead of the standard green. If it’s green then you will be sending a regular text message and not an iMessage.


How to Set Up iMessage

1) Go to your settings on your iPhone/iPad or iPod

2) Stroll down and tap messages

3) Enter you apple ID and click sign in. If you don’t have a apple ID you can easily sign up for one.

4) Tap Next and click ‘Send and Receive’

There are a couple of options in this setup. Choose your preference for what email address and phone number you want to start conversations from.


There you have it, if not already you should now be setup to send and receive iMessages.