How to Sync Messages from iPhone to Mac

“I know that you can sync iMessages across all iOS and OSX devices. But my iMessages will not sync on my iPhone, iPad and Mac. I would like to sync all my messages across all three devices, so I can reply to messages easily from any device. How can I enable this feature so that iMessages remain synced across all devices?”

It is true that you can sync iMessages across all iOS devices and OS X devices . In this article, we show you various ways to ensure your iMessages are synced across your devices and are available on your Mac.

1. How to Sync Messages from iPhone to Mac

If your Mac is running Yosemite or older, you can get the text messages on your iPhone on the computer and by connecting the Mac and the iPhone to the same iCloud account should make it possible or you to get your iMessages on your MAC.

System Requirements: To sync messages from your iPhone to your Mac, you need to make sure the Mac is running OS X 10.1 Yosemite or older. That means, you are good if you have El Capitan or MacOS Sierra. On the other hand, your iPhone needs to be running iOS 8.2.1 or older.

Step 1: Sign into iCloud on iPhone and Mac

The first thing you need to do to receive text messages on your Mac is to log in to iCloud on both devices using the same Apple ID. Follow these simple steps to do that on your iPhone.

Step 1: Open the settings app. Tap on iCloud and if you are logged in, you should see your ID at the top. If not, go on and sign in.

Sign into iCloud on iPhone

Step 2: Open System Preferences on your Mac. Tap iCloud and your email address should appear under the user icon on the left. If you are not logged in, take a moment to do that.

Sign into iCloud on mac

Step 3: To make sure you are logged into messages specifically on your Mac, open the messages app tap on “Messages” at the top. Select “Preferences.”

open the messages app

Step 4: Tap on the account that says “iMessages” and make sure you are logged in with the same Apple ID on both devices.

Tap on the imessages account

Step 2: Sync Messages from iPhone to Mac

Now that you’re logged in, you need to set up text message forwarding on your iPhone to sync the messages. Follow these simple steps to do that.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone and then tap “Messages.” In the resultant window, select “Send & Receive.”

Step 2: Under “You can be reached by iMessage at” check both your phone number and Apple ID email address.

“Send & Receive.”  settings

Step 3: Go back to “Messages” and tap “Message Forwarding.” Toggle on your Mac.

Toggle on your Mac

Step 4: A popup should appear, asking for a code. Simultaneously a code should appear on your Mac in the messages app.

Toggle on your Mac

Step 5: Enter the code on your iPhone and tap “Allow.” And you should now be able to get your text messages on your Mac.

2. Transfer Messages from iPhone to Mac

Just as effective as syncing your text messages to your Mac, transferring the messages to your Mac can be one of the ways to create a backup of the messages. Whatever the reason, iMyFone D-Port Pro provides an easy way to get your iMessages and Text messages from your iPhone to your computer easily. The following are the program’s features.

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Key Features:

  • D-Port pro allows users to make a backup of all messages, WeChat data and WhatsApp data
  • You can also use to create a backup of all data on your device in a single click
  • Allows you to selectively restore data from an iTunes, iCloud or iMyFone backup
  • Extract data from an iOS device or a backup file

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How to Transfer iPhone messages to Mac using iMyFone D-Port Pro

Begin by downloading the program to your computer and installing it. Then, follow these simple steps to transfer messages from your iPhone to your Mac.

Step 1: Launch the program on your computer and from the main window, select “Back Up & Export from Device” from the left panel. Click on “Export Data.”

export data on iOS device

Step 2: On the next window, you will need to select the type of data you would like to export. In this case, we select “Message” and then click on “Next” to continue.

choose data types you want to export

Step 3: The program will then begin to scan the device or the data you’ve specified. Once the scan is complete, you will see all the messages on that device displayed on the next window. Select the ones you would like to export and then click on “Export.”

export data from device to computer

Restore Messages from a Backup to iPhone

You may also need at some point to restore the messages backup to your iPhone. In this case, iMyFone D-Port Pro can also be very helpful. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: launch the program on your computer and on the main window, select “Restore Backup to Device.” You should see a list of the backups on your computer, iTunes backups and iCloud backups that you may have downloaded to your computer. Choose the backup from which you want to restore the messages and then click “Next” to continue.

choose to restore a full backup

Step 2: Choose “Restore Partial Backup” since we only want to restore the messages and click “Next.”

choose to restore a partial backup

Step 3: The program will ask you to select the type of data you want to restore. Select “Message” and click “Next.”

select the type of data

Step 4: The program will scan the backup for the messages. Once the scan is complete, you should see all the messages on that backup listed on the next window.

preview data in backup

Step 5: Preview and select the once you would like to restore. Once happy with your selection, click “Restore” and the program will begin restoring the selected messages to your iPhone without affecting all the other data on the device.

successfully restore data in backup to device

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