How to Get and Use iMessage on Mac to Send Messages

Enjoy using iMessage on your iPhone or iPad, and want to begin using it on your Mac computer as well, but not sure how to set it up? Or do you have a Mac computer but you’ve never used it before? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll be showing you how to set up and use iMessage on a Mac.

How to get iMessage on Mac:

1. Click Messages on the Launchpad.

From your app dock or program Launchpad, click on Messages to get started.

Mac Messages app icon

2. Sign in to your Apple ID.

Log in to your Apple ID account using your email address and password.

Apple ID sign in screen

3. In the top left corner, click Messages, then click Preferences.

At the top of your screen in the left corner, you’ll see a menu bar. Click Messages, and then click Preferences from the dropdown menu that appears.

Message Preferences menu

4. Customize your iMessage account settings however you’d like them.

Change up your settings according to your personal preferences.

Customize settings menu

5. Click Accounts to select the phone numbers/email addresses you’d like to use for iMessage.

Click Accounts to access your account settings, and customize them however you’d like.

Select Accounts menu

Those are all the steps to setting up iMessage on a Mac. Now, let’s get into how you can use the program to send messages to your family and friends.

How to use iMessage on Mac

1. Click Messages to launch the program.

Click on the Messages icon on your desktop to open the app.

Launch Messages app on Mac

2. Click the New Conversation icon to start a conversation.

On the left side of the Messages window, click on the New Conversation button to create a new message.

Create new message

3. Type in the contact information of the person you want to message.

Enter the contact information for the person you’d like to message. If you want to start a group message, you can enter more than one person’s information.

Enter contact information for recipient

4. Add a fun emoji if you’d like.

Click the Smiley Face in the bottom right corner to access these fun stickers called “emojis.” Click on one to add it to your message.

Add emoji to your message

5. Hit “Enter” on your keyboard to send it.

You won’t see a “send” button on your screen. To send the message, tap the “Enter” key on your computer keyboard. Once the message has been sent, you’ll see it appear in a blue bubble on the right side of your screen.

Send iMessage on Mac

6. View your conversations on the left.

You can browse through your conversations using the menu panel on the left side of the Messages window. Click on someone’s name to see your conversation with them.

View Messages conversations


That’s all there is to setting up and using iMessage on a Mac computer. We hope you found the information you were looking for! If you’d like to learn more, check out the other tutorials in our iMessage course.