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Apple’s uber-popular messaging platform iMessage is undoubtedly one of the most-used services among those who are in the infamous Apple ecosystem or the “walled garden” as they say.

It is because there are a ton of perks that Apple users can enjoy when they use iMessage, especially if they own multiple Apple devices. One of these perks is the ability to sync iMessages that are sent/ received from/ on iPhones with a MacBook or a Mac.

So, if you were looking for a way that you can use to sync iMessage content on your iPhone with your MacBook or Mac, this article is for you.

In this article, I am going to show how you can easily sync all your iMessages on your iPhone with your Mac or MacBook. Read it till the end to know everything about syncing iMessage content across multiple Apple devices.

How to Sync iMessage on iPhone with Mac?

Below, I have provided the steps to enable iMessage syncing for your iPhone as well as your Mac or MacBook device. However, before I move on to them, there are a few things that you should note.

Firstly, iMessage is not the same as text messages (SMS) or MMS messages. iMessage is a proprietary messaging platform developed by Apple to only work on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS devices. So, the messages that you receive from your friends using Android are not iMessages. 

They are general text messages, and hence, they will not sync with your other Apple devices even if you enable syncing for them. However, stick around till the end to know how you can sync text messages from your iPhone to your Mac or MacBook.

Now, with these out of the way, let’s take a look at how you can enable iMessage syncing on your iPhone and Mac.

Enable iMessage Syncing on Your iPhone

To enable the syncing feature for iMessage on your iPhone, simply follow the steps below.

Step 1. Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Scroll down to find “Messages” and tap it to open.

Step 3. Firstly, make sure that the toggle for “iMessage” is turned on.

Step 4. Now, tap the “Send & Receive” option.

Step 5. Tap your phone number and your Apple ID under the “You can receive iMessages to and reply from” section. It is important to make sure that the selected Apple ID is the same one that is used to sign into your Mac or MacBook.

Step 6. Also, under the “Start new conversations from” section, select your phone number. You can also choose your Apple ID if you prefer.

Now, with these settings enabled, your iPhone is ready to sync iMessages with other Apple devices that you are signed into.

However, you will also need to tweak a few settings on your Mac or MacBook to facilitate smooth syncing of your iMessages between your Apple devices. Learn how to do that right below!

Enable iMessage Syncing on Your Mac

To enable iMessage syncing on your Mac or MacBook device, follow the steps below.

Step 1. Open the “Messages” app on your Mac from the Applications folder.

Step 2. If you are not already signed in with your Apple ID, Messages will prompt you to do so.

Step 3. So, sign into Messages using your Apple ID. Make sure it is the same Apple ID that is used to sign into your iPhone.

Step 4. Now, click the “Messages” button on the top navigation bar.

Step 5. Click on “Preferences…” to open the preference settings and go to the “iMessage” tab from the top nav bar.

Step 6. Here, double-check your Apple ID to make sure it is the same as the one that is signed into your iPhone.

Step 7. Also, make sure you have your phone number, email IDs, and especially your Apple ID checked under the “You can be reached for messages at.”

Now, with these settings enabled on your Mac or MacBook, it should be able to easily sync iMessages from your iPhone.

You can do the same for iPads and sync your iMessage content across all your devices to experience the true magic of the Apple ecosystem about which everyone raves.

How to Sync Messages from iPhone to Mac Using iCloud

Now, apart from the above method, there is another way to sync your messages from iPhone to Mac. This involves using iCloud on both your iPhone and Mac to sync iMessages as well as text messages.

To use this method, follow the steps right below.

Step 1. Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Tap your profile at the top and open the “iCloud” manager.

Step 3. On this page, tap the “Show All” button under the “Apps Using iCloud” section.

Step 4. Tap the “Messages” button and enable the toggle for “Sync this iPhone.”

Now that you have enabled cloud syncing for messages on your iPhone, it is time to do the same on your Mac or MacBook to enable both devices to access your iCloud and automatically sync the messages without any hassle.

So, to enable iCloud syncing for messages on Mac, follow the steps right below.

Step 1. Open the “Messages” app on your Mac.

Step 2. Click the “Messages” option on the top menu bar and go to the “Preferences…” option.

Step 3. Now, click the “iMessage” tab at the top and make sure that the box for “Enable 

Messages in iCloud” is checked.

Step 4. You can also force sync the messages from iCloud by clicking the “Sync Now” button beside the “Enable Messages in iCloud” checkbox.

So now that you have enabled cloud syncing for Messages on your iPhone and Mac, both devices should be able to sync your messages, both iMessage content and text messages, seamlessly.

Wrapping Up

So, this was all about syncing messages from iPhone to Mac or MacBook. If you are someone who has multiple Apple devices, make sure you use the same Apple ID to sign into the pre-installed Messages app to enable seamless syncing between them.

This way, you will be able to access all your messages on any of your Apple devices, be it the iPhone, Mac, or iPad.

If this guide helped you sync your messages from iPhone to Mac, let us know in the comments. I will see you at the next one.

Dwaipayan Sengupta
An introverted geek at heart, Dwaipayan is passionate about smartphones, laptops, apps, and anything tech. Currently, he is falling deep into the mechanical keyboard rabbit-hole, and learning everything about the unusual hobby. Usually, if he is not surfing the web, looking for the latest tech news and innovations, you can find him playing an intense match in Valorant.


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