How to Fix iMessage Not Working on Mac

iMessage Not Working on Mac: launch along iOS 5, iMessage is a messaging service launch by Apple that enables users to communicate with each other. One of the main advantages of iMessage is that it syncs your communications between any device that you have enabled. For instance, you can also receive an iMessage on your iPhone, and theoretically, the same message should be on your Mac.

iMessage Not Working on Mac

But that’s all about theory because, in practice, it doesn’t work the way it should. In some situations, iMessages can’t sync between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, leaving you to wonder what is going on. If the cause of the issue sometime is a human error. As it appears that certainly, a slight technical glitch can be at the root of the problem.

In this article, I will show you different ways to resolve your iMessage not syncing between your devices…

Fix iMessage Not Working on Mac

Check where you can be reached at

Well, depending on your devices, you can arrive on iMessage via your phone number, and/or email addresses. In some cases, you can arrive at the phone number connected to your iPhone, and your Apple ID email addresses. On the above, you can also add extra email addresses from where you can send and receive iMessages.

While adding an email address to iMessage doesn’t mean that this iMessage ID is active though. Recently I found that out the hard way. For a few days, I complained that not all the iMessages I received were making their way to my Mac. Some of them did, but some of them didn’t.

After improving in the Messages preferences on my Mac. However, I instantly realized that one of my iMessage email addresses for iMessage was there, but it wasn’t active, therefore I am not receiving messages sent to this address.

To remember you have activated all email addresses you want to use with iMessage, simply check both your Mac and iPhone or iPad settings.

On your iPhone or iPad, head over to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive > and look under “you can be reached by iMessage at.” There you should view all the email addresses you use for iMessage on your other devices are enabled on this device as well.

On your Mac, you can also check the same details by going to Messages > Preferences > Accounts. You may also check the boxes for the email addresses and/or phone number you want to be reached at.

To receive the same messages on all your devices, just make sure the same number and email addresses are enabled on each device.

Send a message from the device that is not receiving messages

For any reason, my iPhone always seems to get iMessages on time, using my iMac lagging behind. But I’m not sure what the reason behind this. However, certainly, I assume that iMessages are hit in priority to the device. The device you are currently using or that you have recently used to send or receive a message.

With that being said, certainly, it looks like my iMac just won’t receive any message. While my iPhone gets all the messages. An unusual resolve I’ve come to check out is to simply send a message from the iMac.

When I send a message from my iMac, all previous messages are suddenly all coming in. It seems like they were waiting for me to show any sign of activity from my Mac.

This unorthodox fixes my syncing problems.

Sign off and on of iMessage

Filed under the technical glitch label. However, this solution also looks to work more often than not when the solution offered above doesn’t work.

On your iPad or iPhone, move to Settings > Messages > and toggle off iMessage at the top. Now wait for a few seconds and then turn it back on.

On your Mac, move to Messages > Preferences… > Accounts. Also, make sure iMessage you select it from the left column. From here tap Sign Out. Once you signed out, wait for a few seconds then sign back in.

Hopefully, these solutions will solve your issues that prevent iMessages from displaying on all your devices.


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