Pro Tip: How to make iMessage sync across your devices

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Make sure you get your iMessages no matter where you are.
Make sure you get your iMessages no matter where you are.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre

Pro Tip Cult of Mac bugI’ve always loved being able to pick up an iMessage conversation that I started on my iPhone right on my Mac, and vice versa.

Unfortunately, I’ve been having an iMessage issue for the last few months–I can have conversations via Messages on my Mac and conversations via Messages on my iPhone. My iMessages have stopped synchronizing across my devices: no messages I send or receive on my Mac show up on my iPhone, and no messages I send or receive on my iPhone show up on my Mac. It’s like chatting with people from two separate devices, something that Continuity should have solved.

Luckily, there’s a fix. Here’s what I did.

On your iPhone (or iPad)

Send & Receive in Messages Settings.
Send & Receive in Messages Settings.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and then tap through to Messages. Once there, swipe down to the section called Send & Receive and open that with a tap.

Check off all that apply.
Check off all that apply.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Once there, you’ll see all the phone numbers and email addresses you’ve registered with your Apple ID. Tap on each one to uncheck or check them. In my case, I needed to check off my email address, since it had somehow become unchecked.

On your Mac

Do the same thing on your Mac.
Do the same thing on your Mac.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Launch Messages with a click and then open up Preferences, either in the Messages menu or with Command-Comma on your keyboard. Click on the Accounts tab at the top, and then do the same thing as above – check off your phone number and the same email address you checked off on your iPhone or iPad.

Toggle Messages

Power cycle this bad boy.
Power cycle this bad boy.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

If you’ve done all of the above, you might need to restart Messages. Hop into Settings on your iPhone and then turn iMessage OFF with the top toggle switch there. Turn it ON again after a few seconds and see if that takes care of things.

If all goes well, you’ll be starting and continuing iMessage conversations from all your devices.

Via: Gotta Be Mobile

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  • MattS

    The term “check off” can be quite misleading. Assuming here you really meant ‘make sure the same email addresses and phone number are checked’, both on the iphone/ipad and the Mac.

  • Lance Corvette

    Why do I feel like yet again I’m trying to get some Mac software to work the way it should work in the first place but doesn’t?

    I’ve been having this problem too. What the article basically describes is the old Microsoft re-boot from the 80’s: turn it off, turn it on again.

  • matt

    i use iMessage to people who have other devices all the time, and those messages still sync from any of my devices and i can send or receive “green” messages across all my devices.

    are you saying yours doesn’t do that?

    can you please explain ” apple won’t allow them to share on my messages software” ?

    one weird thing was my friend sent me a regular MMS video of her dog the other day. I’m so used to seeing high quality pictures and video over iMessage that i almost laughed my ass off when i saw the low resolution 3gp video that AT&T sent me from her android phone . it was like real video from 2001

    • JustTheFactsPlease

      Hi Matt,
      Yes text works fine with my phone, but not synced to my laptop, only apple messages are transferred to my desktop.