How to Sync Messages from iPhone to Mac – A Complete Guide

Article By: Hess Brown - June 27, 2022, Last Modified: June 28, 2022
How to sync messages from iPhone to Mac

Apple has always supported and enabled seamless syncing between its devices such as their iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and others. So, if you want to view, send, or receive messages on your iPhone or Mac, you’ll be able to do it very easily. Here in this informative article, we will share everything there is on how to sync messages from iPhone to Mac.

 

Find out how to sync messages from iPhone to Mac

 

With this method, you’ll be able to view all your messages by syncing your iMessage on Mac and iPhone. You’ll even find the “Messages” app on your Mac already preloaded. So, here in this section, we will share a step-by-step process on how to sync iMessages from iPhone to Mac.

 

Step 1: learn how to sync messages from iPhone to Mac

 

In order to connect your messages from your iPhone to your Mac, you need to enable the syncing process from both devices. So, here we will find out how to enable iMessage syncing on your iPhone.

steps on how to sync iPhone messages to Mac
  • Open your iPhone’s Settings
  • Scroll down and select “”
  • Then tap on the “Send & Receive” option. (You need to ensure that the toggle for “iMessage” is turned on first.)
  • After that, under the “You Can Receive iMessages to and Reply From” option, check your phone number, Apple ID, and any emails that you use for iMessage.
  • Also, under the “Start New Conversations From” section, select your phone number unless you prefer to use one of your email addresses.
  • Remember the Apple ID on the bottom. You need to be signed in on your Mac with the same ID.

Step 2: Enable syncing iMessage on Mac

 

As you have set up the iMessage syncing on your iPhone, you need to do the same for your Mac. And here’s how:

steps on how to sync iMessages from your Mac
  • Open the Messages app on your Mac. You’ll find it on your Mac’s dock, the Applications folder, or you could find it by searching for it.
  • Next, you need to sign in with your Apple ID. Make sure to use the same ID that you used on your iPhone. You might be required to enter a two-factor authentication code based on your account’s security settings.
  • Then click on the “Messages” menu beside the Apple menu in the top-left corner, select the “Preferences” option and then click on the “iMessage” tab.
steps on how to sync iMessages from your Mac 02
  • Now, under the “You can reached for messages at:” option, choose all the phone numbers and email addresses from which you expect to receive messages.
  • Then under the “Start new conversations from:” drop-down menu, select the number or email address that you want to use to send your messages from Mac.
  • After that, restart the Message app on your Mac to give time to let all your messages get synced with your Mac.

How to sync iMessage history from iPhone to Mac

 

With the release of iOS 11.4 and macOS 10.13.4, Apple has included the “Messages” app in your iCloud. So, now you can seamlessly sync your messages between your iPhone and Mac, provided they are connected to the same Apple ID.

 

As a result, you may access your messages, whether they are iMessages or SMS messages, from your Mac or iPhone. So, to be able to do this, you need to enable the “Messages” app for iCloud sync on both your iPhone and Mac devices.

 

Here’s how to enable Messages for iCloud on iPhone

 

Before you may proceed, there are a few tasks you must complete. First of all, you need to log in on your iPhone with an Apple ID, and it should be the same one for your Mac. Secondly, you need to ensure a stable WiFi connection for the first-time syncing process as your messages will be uploaded to the iCloud.

 

After you’ve completed those steps, you can start the Messages iCloud synchronization process on your iPhone.

 

Steps on how to turn on Messages on iCloud from your iPhone:

Steps on how to enable the Messages app for iCloud on iPhone
  • Open your iPhone’s Settings.
  • Next, tap on your Apple ID settings (with your name and photo).
  • Then tap on iCloud and then turn the toggle switch for Messages to ON (green).
  • After that, you need to wait sometime (depending on how much message storage you have) for the syncing process to complete.

Here’s how to enable Messages for iCloud on Mac

 

Just like you did for your iPhone, you also need to do the same things for your Mac if you want to sync the Messages on iCloud. You need to be signed in on your Mac with the same Apple ID that you had for your iPhone. Also, you need a WiFi connection for the first-time syncing process.

 

After you have made sure these couple of things, you can now proceed further with the iCloud Messages syncing process on your Mac.

 

Steps on how to turn on Messages on iCloud from your Mac:

Steps on how to enable the Messages app for iCloud on Mac
  • Launch the Messages application on your Mac. You’ll find it on your Dock, Applications folder or locate it by searching for it.
  • Then on the menu bar in the upper-left, click on Messages and select the Preferences
  • Next, head over to the iMessage tab and check the box for the Enable Messages in iCloud This will start the syncing process, and if nothing happens, then force start synchronization by clicking on Sync Now.

If you don’t find the Enable Messages in iCloud option, then don’t freak out. This means you have previously added the Messages on your iCloud.

 

For instance, when you first sign in with your Apple ID. You had to click on the Apple menu > System Preferences > sign in with your Apple ID. After that, you can enable iCloud and select the Messages app to add it.

 

After the first syncing process on both your iPhone and Mac devices, you are messages should now be synced. Meaning any incoming and outgoing messages should appear on all your linked devices. And any deleted message(s) on one device should also disappear on all other linked devices.

 

Discover how to forward a text message on iPhone to Mac

 

When you are syncing your messages from your iPhone to your Mac, you are only enabling iMessages, not text messages or SMS. They cannot be synced because SMS or MMS are sent because of the sim card on your iPhone, whereas iMessages require the internet to transfer.

 

Nonetheless, you can also send or receive your text messages on your iPhone with your Mac with the Text Message Forwarding feature.

 

Here’s how to forward text messages on your iPhone to your Mac

 

There are a few things you need to do first before you can move forward with the following steps. First, you need to sign in on your iPhone and Mac with the same Apple ID. In addition, your iPhone must be linked to both WiFi and a cellular network.

Steps to enable Text Message Forwarding on iPhone
  • Open your iPhone’s Settings.
  • Then tap on Messages.
  • Next, select the Text Message Forwarding
  • After that, select your Mac device by turning on the toggle switch. (If you haven’t activated two-factor authentication, you’ll be prompted to input a verification code.)

Why are my iMessages not syncing properly between iPhone and Mac?

 

So, in theory, your messages should sync perfectly if you have followed the above-mentioned methods. However, due to some issues, your messages might not be syncing properly. And here, we’ve shared with you some of the major reasons why such syncing problems occur and their solutions.

 

Not using the same Apple ID

 

You need to sign in with the same Apple ID on your iPhone and Mac for the syncing of messages. So, a reason for not proper message syncing could be you might mistakenly log in with the wrong Apple ID. To check your Apple ID on your iPhone: Settings app > [your name and image] Apple ID. And to check your Apple ID on your Mac: Messages app > Messages menu > Preferences > Apple ID.

 

Not enabled all or some of your numbers or email addresses

 

You need to ensure that you have selected all your phone numbers and emails during the setup process. Not choosing a number and/or an email address could be a reason why your messages haven’t synced properly. To select your numbers and emails for syncing on iPhone: Settings app > Messages > Send & Receive. And to choose them on your Mac: Messages app > Messages menu > Preferences > You can be reached for messages at.

 

SMS and iMessage are not the same

 

iMessage is an instant messaging service by Apple and SMS is a standard text message sent between phones. On your Messages app, you can identify an SMS by a green bubble and an iMessage by a blue bubble. In addition, you can only sync your iMessages to your Mac. However, with your iPhone’s Text Message Forwarding, you can send or receive SMS from your Mac. We’ve also shared the steps for this method above.

 

Finishing remarks

 

We’ve covered everything there is on how to sync messages from iPhone to Mac. Be it your iMessages or SMS text messages; you can send or receive them from your Apple devices. The most common requirement for syncing messages is that you need to sign in with the matching Apple ID on your iPhone and Mac.

 

If you have enjoyed this detailed blog, you can also check out our another relevant article on how to unsync iPhone from Macbook.

 

Also read:

How to delete temporary diles on Mac.

How to delete imported photos on Mac.

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