Messages User Guide

for macOS Mojave

The Messages window with several conversations listed in the sidebar on the left, and a conversation showing on the right.

Send unlimited text messages

If your friends use iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or a Mac, you can send them unlimited text messages using iMessage. Include photos (even Live Photos), audio clips and any other type of file you can imagine.

How to send text messages

The Messages window with two conversations listed in the sidebar on the left, and a conversation showing on the right. One of the message bubbles is green, indicating it was sent as an SMS text message.

Text all your friends

If you have an iPhone, you can send SMS texts to anyone with any device, straight from Messages on your Mac. When they text you back, you don’t have to jump up to get your iPhone — just reply on your Mac.

How to set up your iPhone for SMS text messages on your Mac

Details view, with the Screen Share, Video and Audio buttons in the top-right corner.

Do more than just text

If you’re in the mood to talk with your friends face-to-face, or share your screen with someone, you can do it from Details view in a conversation.

How to make a FaceTime video call from Messages

To browse the Messages User Guide, click Table of Contents at the top of the page.

If you need more help, visit the Messages Support website.