A special feature of the Apple ecosystem is the ability to synchronize calls and messages between the iPhone and Mac. To do this, you need to activate the same Apple ID on both devices. But some users encounter a problem when messages do not sync between iPhone and Mac. This often happens due to settings failures or after updating operating system. We have prepared an instruction for you that will help to fix this problem.
How to Set Up Your iPhone to Receive Messages on Your Mac?
First, make sure that both devices (smartphone and computer) are running the same Apple ID account. On the smartphone, go to Settings → Account (the topmost option), and on the computer, go to System Settings → Account.
Check if iMessage is activated on both devices. In addition, one account must be set up on both devices. On the smartphone, go to Settings → Messages → iMessage, and on the computer, launch the Messages application and go to its settings. To receive messages, the phone number must also be marked in the settings.
Enable message forwarding to other gadgets on your iPhone. To do this, activate the switch next to the desired gadget on the path Settings → Messages → Forwarding. Activate iCloud for the Messages application.
On the smartphone, the switch is located at the path Settings → Apple ID → iCloud → Messages, and on the computer at the path Messages → Settings → iMessage → Enable Messages in iCloud.
After that, all messages coming to your smartphone will be duplicated to your Mac. Similarly, you can set up the translation of messages to your iPad.
Important. On corporate networks, the firewall may block access to your personal iCloud. This causes iMessage not syncing between Mac and iPhone in your office. The same problem occurs with users who use a corporate VPN. In this case, messages may be blocked, or you may not be able to send or receive certain types of messages, including photos or attachments. Make sure that the problem is not with the corporate network settings in your office.
What is iMessage and How to Configure It?
iMessage is a new service by Apple, which appeared with the release of iOS 5 firmware and is designed to send text and multimedia messages to other iOS devices via Wi-Fi or cellular Internet, bypassing the standard SMS/MMS messages. However, as in any case there are some nuances in the setting of iMessage, so hopefully this guide will answer most of your questions.
Many users do not know how this service works and how it differs from SMS via cellular signal. iMessage is a service by Apple, which appeared with the release of iOS 5. It is designed to send text and multimedia messages to other iOS devices via Wi-Fi or cellular internet, bypassing the standard SMS/MMS messages. However, there are nuances when setting up iMessage.
To make sure you can use iMessage, simply go to Settings → Messages and activate this feature, then enter your Apple ID in the appropriate field. During activation, your phone number will be linked to it. Other iPhone/iPad users will be able to send messages to you via your Apple ID.
Activating iMessage takes some time after you turn it on. To do this, the phone sends a service SMS to a special international number, for which the usual fee is charged. If iMessage is activated correctly, after a while you will see the message:
iMessage can be sent between iPhone or iPad
When you create a new message and add a recipient, iMessage automatically checks if there is an Apple ID associated with the number. If the number is tethered to the service, the phone will send iMessage instead of SMS/MMS. You can differentiate messages by color. iMessage messages will be blue, and SMS messages will be green. Priority is always given to iMessage.