iMessages Not Syncing Between Mac and iPhone?
With iMessage enabled on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac that sharing the same Apple ID, you can reach the same iMessages threads on both your iDevice and Mac. But you may probably notice that some iPhone messages not syncing with Mac after updating to iOS 14, iOS 13/12/11.
Sometimes for a number of reasons including iOS 14 update, iMessages can fail to sync between Mac and iPhone.
In this article, we are going to show you some possible fixes to solve the problem of iMessage not syncing on the Mac issue. Applied to all iPhone and Mac models, including iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s/5s and MacBook Air/Pro, iMac Pro.
Turn Off iMessage and Turn On It Again
How do I sync messages from my Mac to my iPhone? The first thing you should do when faced with this problem is trying to turn off iMessage on both the Mac and the iPhone and then turn it back on.
- On your iPhone: Go to Settings > Messages > Toggle off iMessage > Wait a few seconds and turn it back on.
- On your Mac: Open Messages app and click on Preferences > Choose Accounts> Click Sign Out > Wait a few seconds then sign back in.
- After the process completes, enable iMessage on both Mac and iPhone, you can check if the iMessages sync properly.
Check iMessage Settings
You also need to check your settings to ensure that you are signed in to both devices using the same Apple ID. Apple just released iOS 14, some people find their iMessage settings have been changed after iOS update.
To do that on your iPhone go to Settings > Messages > send & Receive. Under the “You can be reached by iMessage at” section, make sure that your phone number and Apple ID are listed with a checkmark.
On your Mac, open the Messages app, click “Messages” in the top menu and click “preferences.” Choose “Accounts” and under the “You can be reached for messages at” section, make sure the phone number and Apple ID match the settings on your iPhone.
Confirm the Mobile Phone Number with Apple ID
Go to appleid.apple.com and log in with your Apple ID and password
Under “Account” make sure you are reachable at correct phone numbers and email addresses.
Also read: How To Use iMessage on Your Windows PC
Log in with the same Apple ID
On you Mac make sure you login with the same Apple ID as you used on the iPhone:
- Open the “Messages” app > Go to “Preferences”.
- Click on the “Accounts” button > Click Enable this account.
- Select the email address you have registered with the Apple ID.
Send a Message from the Device That is Not Receiving Messages
Sometimes just one of the devices can be failing to receive the messages on time. To fix this, you can simply send a message from the device that is lagging behind. Doing this will almost always trigger all the other messages that hadn’t synced with that device to begin flowing in. It may seem like an unorthodox thing to do but it works.
For example, if the iPhone is receiving the messages just fine and the Mac isn’t, try sending a message from the Mac. We’ve done this and seen the Mac begin to receive all the other messages that had failed to sync before.
Better Way to Sync iMessages Between iPhone and Mac
Usually the solutions above should work very well to get your devices syncing correctly. But on rare occasions when everything you do doesn’t work and you still need to sync your iMessages, you may want to try an alternative way to sync messages between the iPhone and the Mac. This backup and restore tool known as iMyFone iTransor (iOS 14 supported) will allow you to export all the un-synced messages and iMessages from your iPhone to the Mac.
Bonus Tip: Transfer iPhone Messages to PC/Mac in Readable Format
You can manually transfer messages from iPhone or iPad to your computer with an iPhone transfer tool named AnyTrans.
That’s all about how to fix the message not syncing between iPhone and Mac. The above methods also can be used to fix the messages sync issues, like iMessage on Mac not updating, iMessage not working on Mac, etc. If you have any other advice on solving iPhone messages not syncing problem, please share it in the comment section below.
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