Send a message on Mac
Messages on Mac don’t have to be boring. After you set up your Mac, you can send messages to one person, a group of people, or a business and include text, photos, animated effects, and more. You can express yourself in all sorts of ways:
Tapbacks: See Use Tapbacks.
Photos and videos: See Send photos and videos.
Photos, scans, and sketches (from an iPhone or iPad): See Insert files from iPhone or iPad.
Audio messages: See Send an audio message.
Message effects: See Use message effects.
In the Messages app on your Mac, click the Compose button to start a new message (or use the Touch Bar).
In the To field, type the name, email address, or phone number of the person you want to send a message to. As you type, Messages suggests matching addresses from your Contacts app or from people you’ve previously sent messages to.
You can also click the Add button to the right of the To field. Click a contact in the list, then click the email address or phone number.
Note: If you’re restricted to sending and receiving messages with only certain people, an hourglass icon appears next to those people you can’t send messages to.
Enter your message in the field at the bottom of the window. You can use typing suggestions, if available.
Siri: Say something like: “Message Mom that I’ll be late.” Learn how to use Siri.
Press Return on your keyboard or click the Send button to send the message.
If you want to reply inline to keep the conversation more organized, see Send an inline reply to a message. To forward a message, see Forward a message or attachment. If you realize you made a mistake in your message, see Unsend or edit a message.
Tip: You can invite new people to play multiplayer games by sending a message with your Game Center account. See Play games on your Mac.