How to Sync Messages from iPhone to Mac (2022 Update)

Is iMessage not working on your Mac or iPad? Here's how to sync messages from iPhone to iPad, and from iPhone to Mac, so you can get your texts on all your Apple devices.

Here's how to set up Apple's Messages app on an iPhone, Mac, and iPad. Once you've done this, you can view text messages sent and received from all the Apple devices you've synced. Let's start learning how to connect iPhone to Mac and iPad to get iMessage on Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

Related: iPhone Texting Tricks for the Messages App

iMessage Not Working? How to Sync Messages from iPhone to Mac & iPhone to iPad

I recently wrote an article about how to get messages on Mac, but when I was doing my research, many readers were asking about iMessage not syncing on Mac. Many users have trouble figuring out how to sync messages from iPhone to Mac, which is different from learning how to forward a text to your Mac or iPad. 

When iMessage isn’t syncing between your devices, it’s usually a communication issue in Apple’s Continuity feature. This problem can be fixed by making sure your iPhone, iPad, and Mac have all enabled your phone number and emails as ways to send and receive messages. Setting that up, as well as making sure all your devices are using the same Apple ID, will allow you to sync text messages from iPhone to iPad and from iPhone to Mac. For more great tutorials about Apple's Messages app, check out our free Tip of the Day

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Prepare iPhone to Sync Messages on Mac & iPad

Here's how to adjust iPhone Settings so you can sync messages from iPhone to Mac and iPhone to iPad.

  1. Open the Settings app.

    iphone settings app
     
  2. Tap Messages.

    tap messages
     
  3. Make sure iMessage is toggled on (it may take a moment to activate).

    make sure imessage is toggled on
     
  4. Tap Send & Receive.

    tap send and receive
     
  5. If Use your Apple ID for iMessage pops up, tap it and sign in with the Apple ID you use on the Apple devices you want to sync with.
  6. Under You Can Receive iMessages to and Reply From, make sure your phone number, Apple ID, and other emails you use for iMessage are checked.
  7. Under Start New Conversations From, select your phone number, unless you have a strong preference for one of your email addresses.
  8. You’ll see your Apple ID at the bottom. Make a mental note of this, because you need to make sure you’re using the same one on iPad and Mac too.

    make sure apple id and phone number are checked
     
  9. Now go back to Settings and tap FaceTime.

    tap facetime in settings
     
  10. Under You Can be Reached by FaceTime at, make sure your phone number and Apple ID are checked.

    make sure apple id and phone number are checked in facetime settings
     

How to Sync Messages from iPhone to Mac

Here's how to adjust Mac Settings so you can sync messages from Mac to iPhone and Mac to iPad.

    1. On Mac, open the Messages app; it will be in your Applications folder.

      click the messages app
       
    2. If you’re not already logged in, Messages will prompt you to do so.

      log in to messages on mac
       
    3. Click Messages on the Menu, then click Preferences.

      open the messages menu and choose preferences
       
    4. Click iMessage at the top of the pop-up box.
    5. Near the top, you’ll see your Apple ID. Make sure it’s the same as the Apple ID you're logged in with on your iPhone.

      find your apple id at the top
       
    6. Under You can be reached for messages at: make sure you’ve checked your phone number and all the emails you use for messages, including your Apple ID email.

      you can be reached for messages at
       
    7. Under Start new conversations from: select the same thing (phone number or email) that you did on the iPhone.

      choose start new conversations from option
       

    For example, I chose my phone number on iPhone, which means I’m also going to select my phone number on my Mac (and my iPad).

    How to Sync iPhone & iPad Text Messages

    Here's how to adjust iPad Settings so you can sync messages from iPad to iPhone and iPad to Mac. These steps are the same as the ones you took earlier on your iPhone, but now you'll make sure your iPad is synced.

    1. Open the Settings app.
    2. Tap Messages.

      tap messages in ipad settings
       
    3. You may need to sign in with your Apple ID; be sure it's the same Apple ID you're using on your iPhone and Mac.
    4. Tap Send & Receive.

      send and receive ipad settings
       
    5. At the top, find your Apple ID. Make sure it matches the Apple ID on your iPhone and your Mac if you want your text messages to sync between all devices.
    6. Under You Can Receive iMessages to and Reply From, check your phone number and the emails you use for iMessages, including your Apple ID email.

      sync messages to ipad message sending settings
       
    7. Under Start New Conversations From, select the same number or email that you chose on your iPhone and your Mac.

      sync messages to ipad settings


    After following these steps, you shouldn’t have any more problems with messages not syncing between devices. If it ever stops working again, you should be able to return to this article for a reminder on how to sync messages from your iPhone to your Mac or your iPhone to your iPad. Also, if your iPhone isn't showing up in Finder when you connect it to your Mac, we can show you how to fix it!

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