How to Sync Messages From iPhone to MacBook?

Did you know you can see iPhone’s message history on MacBook with macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 or higher? It’s pretty handy: you can stay connected all the time and even answer text messages from your Apple laptop. No other operating system has such function.

This tutorial describes how to get text messages on your MacBook. The screenshots will help you complete the steps accurately and quickly.

To sync MacBook messages with iPhone and vice versa, you need to use the special function “Messages” in iCloud. You can do this if you are using iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 11.4 or higher. This function is not available on earlier versions of the operating system.

Follow the simple instructions to connect messages from iPhone to MacBook:

  1. Make sure your MacBook and iPhone are connected to the same Apple ID. If the devices are synced with different Apple IDs, it won’t work. You can sync your Apple ID in your iCloud settings.
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  2. Take your iPhone and open the settings section.
  3. Click on your name at the top of the settings section (that’s your Apple ID settings).
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  4. In the Apple ID settings menu, find the iCloud section. Go to it.

In the iCloud settings, you will see a list of different applications and services. Find “Messages” in the list and activate the trigger (you will see a green icon next to the item).

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Congratulations! Now, all the messages in your iCloud are synchronized with different devices connected to the same Apple ID. Now you need to check if the alerts and notifications for new messages are activated on your MacBook. If notifications are not activated, you won’t be able to get text messages on MacBook.

First, go to the system settings of your MacBook. You can do this in Apple’s general settings by selecting System Preferences. In the window that opens, go to notification settings and select the “Messages” section in the list on the left.

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In this settings menu, you can choose from three types of notifications of incoming SMS from your iPhone:

  1. No notifications (you will not receive audible or visual notifications of incoming text messages on your MacBook).
  2. Banners (visual notifications of messages from your iPhone).
  3. Alerts (audible and visual alerts for new messages, with the option to delay or reject the alert).

You can also choose other options for displaying messages on your MacBook. For example, you can block notifications when the laptop screen is off, or you can set the time to receive messages.

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Now you know how to sync messages from iPhone to MacBook. Now you can reply to messages directly from your laptop if necessary.

Cyril Kardashevsky

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