A Maps search result for a business that uses Business Chat, and the resulting conversation in the Messages window.

Chat with businesses

Use Messages to send texts to companies that use Business Chat, and get assistance, schedule appointments, and complete purchases.

How to send text messages to a business

The Messages window with several conversations listed in the sidebar at the left, and a conversation showing at the right. The message bubbles are green, indicating they were sent as SMS text messages.

Text all your friends

If you have an iPhone, you can send SMS texts to anyone with any device, right 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

The Messages window with several conversations listed in the sidebar at the left, and a conversation showing at 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 to your friends

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.