Many Mac users have been complaining that unable to use Messages app or iMessage send or receive on your Mac running MacOS Mojave. I Know macOS Mojave has the biggest update ever, Are you new Mac user or Setup Clean install MacOS Mojave. Then you might be not getting or sending a message from your Mac cause of old settings are reset or overwrite.
In this article, we cover all major issues and troubleshooting tips on how to refresh your Mac again to use iMessage.
Thankfully, Apple is abandoning the need to download the third-party applications and developing a better world for its customer. If you want to connect with video call, then simply go to FaceTime [Having FaceTime issues], want to pay money then Apple Pay is there for you etc. Likewise, to text someone without spending extra bucks than use iMessage, only you will need an internet connection. All these facilities are available on almost all devices like Mac, MacBook, iPhone, iPad, and iPod.
Though it will take some time to build a stable platform. Till then we have to face and fix our issues whether it is FaceTime Not Working or iMessage waiting for activation. The problem with iMessage in Mac after updating to macOS Mojave is, in spite of perfectly logged into iCloud are showing Authentication error, and so iMessage is down in macOS Mojave.
iMessage Problems on Mac OS Mojave: Not Working and Send or Receive
My Mac Won’t receive or send Message: is apple server down? Check Apple System status.
Messages app on Mac required valid authentication; First Authenticate your Apple ID in Message app to start New Conversation, receive a message or reply text message.
Open “Messages app” on Mac using Spotlight Search.
Are you using Message app first time then you need to log in with your Apple ID? See below screen,
After a long time you haven’t used Mac for Message. Logout and Login Message app on Mac.
Go to top Menu” > “Messages” > “Preferences” > “iMessage” > “Sign Out”
And “Sign in” again.
Unable to log in with Apple ID On Mac’s iMessage or FaceTime app
reboot your Mac in Safe more works in most cases, my Reader “titioft” share the problem and fix that work for him, boot in safe mode (maintain shift key while powering-on the mac until the beep and the apple logo). that help you to login back in iMessage & FaceTime.
problem 2: Contacts not Showing in iMessage
You are unable to start a new conversation because of no any another device found on Mac. First Sync all the iPhone contacts means iCloud contacts to your Mac.
Go to “System Preferences“on Mac.
Click on “iCloud” > Login with “Apple ID” if not > Enable or “Keep selected Contacts”.
More, you can create Group chat for text with multiple people at once. Add more contacts and enjoy.
Now, You can search All the Contacts and Apple ID saved in the contacts app. Not necessary all contacts has iMessage enabled.
Problem 3: iMessage not sent: Your Message could not be sent
“Your Message Could not Be send, Not Register with iMessage“
You can only sent or This Apple ID or number for that iMessage activated.
We can set it from the iOS device: First, try activate iMessage on the Phone number. In case you failed, iMessage Waiting For Activation error than try to enable iMessage on Apple ID.
Activate iMessage on Apple ID from iOS device:-
Problem 4: iMessage not syncing between Mac (Mojave) and iPhone (iOS 12)
iMessage not syncing between Mac and iOS Devices
Turn on “Sync Now” in Messages app on Mac,
Open “Messages app” on Mac.
Go to “Top menu” > “Preferences” > “iMessages” > Enable “Messages in iCloud”
Also Enable On iOS: Go to the “Setting app” on iPhone > “Profile Name” > “iCloud” > “Turn on Toggle” for Messages.
Problem 5: Not Receiving Message for particular contacts or all
You should check Do not Disturb not turned on for the contact from Message app contact details.
Open your Conversation, Tap on “Details” at the top-right corner of the app.
Uncheck “Do Not Disturb”.
-> Check Blocked Contacts in iMessage
Contacts added in Blocked list unable to receive iMessage or send from your Mac. First, check the settings and unblock them.
Go to the Messages app preference on your Mac (MacOS Mojave), Open “Messages app” > “Preferences” > “iMessage” Tab > “Blocked” Tab > Select “Contact” and Click on (-) sign to remove from list.
Problem 6: Unable to Sign in Apple ID in iCloud on Mac
Try Again or Force Close app, I think it should be okay now.
Log Out of iCloud account on Mac
Step 1: Click on “Apple menu”. Open “System Preferences”.
Step 2: Choose “iCloud”.
Step 3: Click “Sign Out”.
Step 4: Select “Keep a Copy”.
Step 5: Download all files locally.
Step 6: Click “Keep on This Mac”. This will save credentials locally.
Step 7: Reboot Mac.
Re-Launch Messages app on Mac
Step 1: Open Messages app on Mac. Log in with your Apple ID that you use on other devices (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch)
Step 2: After login successfully, you now send and receive iMessage on Mac.
Log into iMessage
Step 1: Open “iMessage”.
Step 2: Enter “iCloud” details.
Step 3: Click “Next”.
Step 4: Tap “Done”.
Problem 7: iMessage Sound Not playing on Mac: Mute & Unmute
Check Your Mac’s system sound is turned on.
Open Messages app on Mac > Top Menu “Messages” > “Preferences” > “General” Tab > Select “Play Sound effects“
- Do not disturb should be disabled
Problem 8: Keep Messages On Mac: iMessage Text
For Messages app on Mac, Open Messages app on Mac
Go to “Top menu” > “Messages” > “Preferences…”
Next to click on “General” Tab > Select One of three options from the Dropdown list.
- One Year
- 30 Days
In case you remove the conversation from the list of Messages app.
Another option is here that prevent and stay all the conversation after you delete or remove/ Closed.
Enable – “Save history when conversations are closed”.
Problem 9: Old Conversation Won’t load or isn’t save
Force Close app and Reopen Messages app on mac.
Change: Save Received Files to the location for message app on Mac
Go to Message preferences page, “Messages” > “Preferences” > “General” > Use Dropdown option and Click on “Other”.
Choose Finder location and “save” it.
Problem 10: How to use Tapback on Mac’s Messages app
Click and Hold on Message to see quick Tapback options in the popup. Or Right click on Message to see Tapback option.
Above are the most common Q&A for iMessage problems that help to fix and answer your questions. More Burning Questions and troubleshooting, please share with us via comments.