How to Sync Messages from iPhone to Mac

Apple is widely known for its ecosystem and how everything is integrated so perfectly, which enhances the user experience. Some examples of the system-wide integration that apple products use are using your iWatch to unlock your MacBook, using your HomePod to listen to music, and receiving iMessages on all of your synced devices. 

Apple also does something that none of its competitors do; it can detect nearby devices and allow you to take control of them. The Universal Control feature will enable you to recognize the nearby devices and the Apple devices your friends or family own. 

However, sometimes unforeseen problems might arise, disrupting the entire ecosystem. One of the most common problems is when iMessages don’t sync on your Mac, iPad, or other devices. The fix is pretty simple, so let’s see how we can resolve this issue. 

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It’s usually an issue of devices not syncing with each other when iMessage isn’t working correctly. This can be fixed by making sure your iPhone, Mac, and iPad have your phone number, and Apple ID enabled and synced to send and receive text messages. 

Make sure you use the same Apple ID on all of your devices; if you have different IDs across all your devices, iMessage won’t work on your Mac or iPad. 

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Scroll down till you see the Messages sub-section.
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how to sync iphone to mac
  • Tap on it, and make sure the iMessage option is toggled on. 
  • Underneath the iMessage toggle, you will find a Send & Receive sub-section. Click on it.
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how to sync iphone to macbook air
  • A message will pop up reading “Use your Apple ID for iMessage“ tap on it and enter your Apple ID details that you use on your Mac or iPad to sync the iMessages. 
  • Ensure you check your phone number, Apple ID, and other mails you use for iMessage under the “ You can receive iMessages to and reply from “ sub- section. 
  • Select your phone number under the “Start new conversions from” sub-section if you don’t wish to choose a particular email address.
Sync Messages from iPhone to Mac
Sync Messages from iPhone to Mac
  • Make a mental note of the Apple ID you used on this, as you will be using the same ID on your Mac or iPad. 
  • Now go back to the main Settings page and click on FaceTime
  • Ensure you select your phone number and Apple ID under the “You can be reached by FaceTime at “ subsection. 

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Syncing messages from your iPhone to your MacBook

In order to sync messages from iPhone to Mac involves you just need to change a few settings on your Mac to start receiving messages from your iPhone. 

  • Log in to your Mac and open the Finder.
  • You will see the Applications tab on the left-hand side; click on that. 
  • Select the Messages application.
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Select the Messages application
  • If you’re not logged into the iMessage app already, your Mac will prompt you to do so. You will need to enter the same Apple ID you used on your iPhone. 
  • After you’re logged in, hover over to the Menu bar and click on Messages which should be right beside the Apple logo.
how to sync messages from iphone to mac
how to sync messages from iphone to mac
  • Select Preferences from the drop-down menu.
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sync messages from iphone to mac
  • A new pop-up window will open; select the iMessage option at the top of the window. 
  • The first thing you’ll see is the Apple ID used on the iMessage app on the Mac; make sure it’s the same as the one used on your iPhone. 
  • You’ll see the “You can be reached for messages at” sub-section; select your phone number, Apple ID, and all the emails you use for messaging.
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how to sync messages from iphone to macbook
  • At the bottom left of the pop-up window, you’ll see the “Start new conversations from” option; select the same phone number or email you entered on your iPhone. 

After following all these steps, you shouldn’t have any more problems with iMessage. All the messages received on your iPhone will automatically sync to your Mac, and you can answer calls, text messages, and FaceTime right from your MacBook. 

Note: Currently more than 113 million users are using the iPhone in the United States of America.

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FAQs on Sync Messages from iPhone to Mac

1. What are Tapbacks, and how to use them?

Tapback is a quick response you can use on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad to express your thoughts about a particular message. For example, if you think it funny, you can use a laughing tap back, or if you like/dislike it, you can use appropriate tap backs for every situation. 

2. How to find photos and other attachments from a conversation?

You can access photos and other attachments within a conversation; select the conversation from the sidebar and click the Details button located in the upper right corner of the window.  The other way is to press Command-I simply, and you can view all the photos and attachments you’ve exchanged in a conversation. 

3. How to pin essential conversations?

This function is only available on macOS Big Sur and later iterations of the OS. You can click the conversation and press Control to open a shortcut menu and select Pin from the options. The other way is to simply drag and drop any conversation to the top of the list. 

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4. How to mute conversations on Mac?

Suppose you don’t want to receive notifications from a particular conversation. In that case, all you need to do is simply select the conversation and click on the Details button in the upper-right corner of the window. From here, select Hide Alerts. 

On macOS Monterey, the Focus feature automatically tells senders about your status if you do not wish to be disturbed. To set this up, you can follow the steps below.

  • Click on the Apple logo on the Menu bar and select System Preferences from the drop-down window.
  • Select Notifications & Focus from the pop-up window.
  • Now, select the Focus tab.


We hope this article helped you figure out how to sync iMessage from your iPhone to your Mac. The process is pretty simple and you can easily follow them in order to make it work. Multiple users have been accounting errors, but this might be of good help to resolve the issue overall and make it work.

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