Imessage on mac not syncing 2015

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How to Use iMessage on Mac

If you already have an iCloud account, the email you used to sign up will be your Apple ID. Otherwise, sign in with your existing Apple ID.

How to disable iMessage on your computer

If you have two contacts, such as your Apple ID and your phone number, you can receive messages on both accounts. At the bottom, you can choose which one you prefer to use when messaging new people. Using an email-based iMessage account is the same as using a phone-based one; you can message anyone using iMessage, even by their phone number. But only phone-based accounts can message Android users over SMS.

Why aren’t my iMessages syncing on Mac?

FaceTime is a separate application but has a similar setup process. With Messages open, click on Messages in the menu bar followed by Preferences. Select the Accounts tab, then select your iMessage account.

How to Set Up Messages on Your Mac

Next, click on the check box next to your phone number to remove it from the device. You may need to enable one of the email addresses attached to your account before you can remove your phone number.

How to Fix iMessage Not Syncing Between a Mac & iPhone/iPad

Finally, click on the check box next to Enable this account to remove the check mark and disable your iMessage account on your Mac. Next, do the same thing on your iPad. Launch the Settings app, tap on Messages and slide the iMessage switch to the Off position. After disabling iMessage on any and all devices you use it on in addition to your iPhone, you can now turn it off on your phone.

Wait a couple of minutes after disabling iMessage on your iPhone, then send a text message to a contact. I suggest picking someone you know is an iMessage user.

You will know it's a text message when the green Send button shows up to the right of the text field. Also, the bubble for the message you just sent will be green instead of the usual blue. I know the above steps seem like a lot of work, but in reality it only takes a couple of minutes. You just need to plan ahead and disable iMessage before making the switch.

3 steps to disable iMessage and not lose your mind

In other words, go through the above steps before heading to a carrier store and buying a shiny new Android device or activating a new device that just arrived via FedEx. If you forget to disable iMessage, or lose your iPhone and are unexpectedly forced to make the switch to Android, don't worry.

I still have had to go through and disable iMessage on my Mac and iPad to ensure the transition went smoothly, but the fact that Apple is taking steps to make the process easier is reassuring. If, after following the above steps, you have contacts reporting they still can't send you messages, ask them to force a couple messages through as a text. They can do this from their iOS device by long-pressing on the blue message they attempted to send and selecting Send as Text Message.

Two or three messages in quick succession usually forces a device to recognize that you no longer use iMessage. If all else fails, you can always use Apple's tool to deregister your phone number from its servers. Editors' note: This post was originally published March 16, It has since been updated to reflect new features and changes. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policy , which we encourage you to read.