Tired of struggling with a tiny smartphone keyboard while tapping out long text messages? There’s an easier way. Both iPhone and Android smartphone users can now link their phone’s messaging apps to a desktop or laptop computer, enjoying the convenience of full-sized screens and keys.
Apple’s iMessage is the Apple messaging service you get automatically with your Apple ID. It’s long been a popular way to send messages between iPhones, and now you can also use it to send messages from your Mac computer. Simply look for the Messages icon on your Mac; if you’re logged in to your Apple account, you’ll be able to use it from your desktop the same way you do on your iPhone.
- Open the Messages app on your smartphone, tap the More options menu (three vertical dots), then tap Messages for web.
- To pair your computer with your phone, click here using one of the following browsers: Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer isn’t supported.
- On your smartphone, tap Scan QR code and point it at the QR code displayed on the computer. Then, select Yes under Remember this computer if you’re using a trusted device, so you only have to do this once. You might have to re-pair your phone with your desktop from time to time.
It’s important to note that to use either messaging app, your phone has to have service and your computer needs to be connected to a Wi-Fi network. But with your usual connections in place, you’ll have the ability to easily text from your phone or computer.