How to enable iMessage on all Apple devices

iMessage is Apple’s instant messaging platform, and if your family and friends are also iOS and macOS users, you can save a lot of money on SMS messages by chatting through iMessage. However, when you get a new Apple device, how do you enable iMessage? Let’s go through the procedure for an iOS device, a macOS computer, and an Apple Watch.

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To enable iMessage on an iOS device, go to Settings–>Messages. Toggle the switch to green to turn on the platform and sign in with your iCloud account. On macOS, open the Messages app, sign in to your iCloud account, and enable Enable Messages in iCloud. On Apple Watch, open the Watch app and go to Notifications–>Messages and select mirror my iphone.


Enable iMessage on iOS

On iOS, the process is the same regardless of whether you have an iPhone or iPad. For this article, we will show the iPhone interface. First, open iOS settings and scroll down to Posts. Tap the right arrow on the right of the screen.

This will open the iMessage options. To enable the platform on your iOS device, scroll down to iMessage and turn the switch to green. Now go through the rest of the page and decide each of the options. One of the options will be whether or not you want to start iMessage conversations through your phone number or your iCloud email address.

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Finally, return to your main Settings and tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen. Select iCloudscroll down to Posts, and turn the switch to green. This will sync your iMessage activity with your iCloud account.

If you have another Apple device, you’ll see your conversations immediately appear there once you start using Messages. Even if you don’t have another Apple device, this step is still important as it backs up everything in case your device fails.

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Now just open Messages, enter the phone number of the person you want to chat with, and you’re good to go. Messages are synced with your address book, so it’s mostly about starting to type the person’s name and clicking the right one.

Enabling iMessage on macOS

Enabling iMessage on macOS is arguably much easier with far fewer clicks. go to your Applications folder and open Posts. You can also have Messages in the Dock.

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A login box will appear. Sign in with your iCloud account. If you have two-factor authentication enabled on your Apple account, you’ll need a code to continue.

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Once you have logged in, click preferences in it Posts menu.

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Make sure Enable Messages in iCloud is checked, so you can sync your message history across devices. Also, check where people can send you messages: your phone number, your iCloud email, or both.

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Enable iMessage on your Apple Watch

Enabling iMessage on an Apple Watch is the easiest of all, because all an Apple Watch does is mirror your iPhone. So assuming you have messages set up on your iPhone, here’s what you need to do to get your message notifications pushed to your watch.

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The options page will show two possibilities: mirror my iphone (which will only do what your iPhone is set to do) and Habit. if you choose Habitnow you will be able to adjust your Messages notifications the way you want.

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How to fix “iMessage needs to be enabled”

iMessage is a very stable platform, but it does occasionally have a slight hiccup or two. If you’re having trouble figuring out why you can’t send or receive messages, try the suggestions below.

  • Have you followed the procedures listed above to the letter? If not, go back and start over.
  • Disable and re-enable iMessage.
  • Check Apple’s system status page to see if iMessage is actually down at the end.
  • Sign out of your Apple ID in iCloud and sign back in.
  • Reboot your device.
  • Contact Apple Support and ask for help.

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