iMessage Not Working on Mac: MacOS High Sierra, Here’s the fix

Let’s enable iMessage on all Apple devices and Start left the conversation on any device, Like iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac. For the You must setup iMessage that means activate and configure with Apple ID or Phone number. Now, now Apple has made this feature more advance by updating it with new functions. Generally, when you are messaging someone with another mobile you can only text them, but in iMessage, you can do much more than text. Share Apple Music, Install Third-Party Keyboard on iPhone, emojis, GIFs, Videos, Send and Receive Apple Pay Cash (Transfer money Person to person), iMessage App Store on iPhone, iPhone Screen Effects, and many more things can be sent to another person through Wi-Fi.

The advantage of using iPhone or iPad and Mac devices is you can connect all devices with a signal message account. That means you have to enter Apple ID in Mac which you have already entered in iPhone or iPad and after connecting you will be able to receive messages on Mac and you can send from mac over wifi. Send as much as messages with lots of attractive emojis to your friends, colleagues and family members without expending a single penny.

Fix: iMessage Not Working on Mac, MacOS High Sierra

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Set-up iMessage on MacOS High Sierra

iMessage is an advantageous feature for those who have iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Because you can message anyone who uses iPhone or iPad and stay connected with them. Primarily you will need an Apple ID to use this facility if you have iTunes or iCloud ID then, it is also considered as Apple ID, and you can move further with it.

And if you are a new user of Apple then you can also create Apple ID in iMessage.

How to set-up iMessage in macOS High Sierra

Step 1: launch Messages from the Spotlight Search on Mac. | if you never used messages app on Mac, then Welcome screen should iMessage with Apple ID and Password login.

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Step 2: Next, tap on Messages “Preference” and then “Accounts

Step 3: click on iMessage and then for set-up enter your Apple ID and Password.

NOTE: At the time of sign in enter the same Apple ID which you are using in iPhone or iPad or iPod.

After sign in

Step 1: click on Add Email ID then, enter the only email Id and phone number on which you want to receive messages.

Step 2: if your phone number is already linked to Apple ID then it will automatically be added to the list.

Step 3: If you want to show others that you’ve read the messages then click on “Select read receipts.”

Disable iMessage on Mac

If you don’t want to receive messages on a mac, then you must sign out from mac and make account inactive. By this, you will not be able to receive the messages, and your status will be changed to “Offline.”

Step 1: launch messages on Mac.

Step 2: select “Preference” under Messages and then tap on Accounts

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Step 3: Then, click on iMessage account

Step 4: next to make account inactive click on “Enable this account” to deselect it, after this your status will be displayed as Offline.

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Step 5: To sign out click on sign out and then you will not going to receive messages from that account.

Common iMessage Problems

Ensure that iMessage is correctly set-up

Once check that you are ready to send or receive messages by approaching settings

Step 1: Go to settings

Step 2: open, Messages and then verify whether the iMessage is on or off.

Sign off and sign in iMessage

This is another measure which may help to improve iMessage and fix all the problems.

In iOS

In iOS you can’t sign off or sign in all you need to do is turn off iMessage from settings

Step 1: Launch Settings on iPhone.

Step 2: Find Messages and open it

Step 3: Tap on iMessage, it will disable that service.

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In Mac

Step 1: open up Messages from the dock

Step 2: Then click on preference and the open accounts

Step 3: Select the account on which you want to sign out and click on it to perform an action.

Restart messages

Our first towards any issue is to restart the app or program. So here we are going to do disable and then enable iMessage.

Step 1: Launch Settings

Step 2: Find and open Messages

Step 3: On the top click on “iMessage” to disable and then again tap on it to enable.

iMessage not Sync between iPhone or iPad and Mac

If you find any message which is not syncing between iPhone and Mac then follow the below steps:

New in iOS 11 and McOS High Sierra has new feature for Sync iMessage Between iPhone and Mac. Now, Your All Messages will store in iCloud, Enable Sync now on iPhone to use backup and sync with Mac Messages app.

In Mac

In Mac, you just check the Apple ID which you have entered in iPhone is matching with iPhone or not. If both IDs varies, then you will never receive messages.

Go to Messages > Preferences… > Accounts > “Enable Messages on iCloud” or “Sync Now“.

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Check whether the contact is marked “Do Not Disturb.”

It is idiotic mistake people often make, sometimes they block the user and forgot. So it is also a factor which affects your messages syncing.

In Mac

1: launch messages app from the dock

2: open preference and then tap on Accounts tab

3: then you will find blocked and there you can see the contacts you have blocked.

Delete some messages

By performing this action, we can free some memory and make iPhone free from junk file, and after that perhaps iMessage will work significantly.

In Mac

1: launch Messages from the Dock

2: choose the chat which you want to remove

3: tap on the message which you want to delete and then right click on it to delete that particular message.

Mac is up to date or not

Sometimes when your device is up to date, then you may face some problem while using some apps, so it is better to update device and use new features.

Check Updates:

On Mac

1: launch App Store from the dock

2: search for Update button and tap on it to view the updates

3: there you will get notified about the updates of Apps as well as for Software.

Verify network settings

If the Wi-Fi or cellular connection is not responding or lagging, then there will be a problem in sending and in receiving the messages. So it is also a factor which can cause an interruption in iMessage. So in Mac, you must check the Ethernet cable it is connected correctly or not. For iDevice, you can restart the device or turn off and on the data.

Above all are the possible fix for activate iMessage on Mac or iMessage not working on Mac after update or setup.

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