There’s no doubt that iMessage is one of the best messaging services on the market, allowing you to send messages from your mobile device without a SIM card. iMessage can also be used on your Mac, iPad, iPod, and any other Apple device.

Using your Apple ID, you can even send yourself messages from, for example, your iPhone to your Mac, if you want to transfer photos or anything else of the like. If you’re ever in an area without cellular data, but have access to the internet you can send messages via iMessage instead of as a text message.

The benefits of iMessage are numerous, and it’s only natural to then wonder, if you can set it up this convenient service without an iPhone, on your Mac. The answer is yes, and luckily, the process is fairly simple. To get started using iMessage on your Mac, without an iPhone, follow the instructions below.

Operating System Requirements

Before we discuss how to set up iMessage on your Mac, you should first ensure if you’ve the correct system requirements in order to use iMessage. Your Mac should be running at least OS X 10.1 or onwards. If you’ve macOS Sierra, High Sierra, or El Capiton then this is ideal.

Your iPhone should be running at least iOS 8 or onwards.

Lastly, take note of your computer specs. Your CPU should be at least Intel Pentium 1GHz or higher. The RAM on your device should be 512 MB or above and there should be at least 200 MB of hard disk space for the application to run. Don’t worry, it’s likely your Mac will have computer specs that are much higher than the minimum requirements.

Set Up iMessage on Mac Without iPhone

Setting up iMessage on your Mac is fairly simple and provides many benefits. Once you’ve completed the process, your communication across all your iOS devices will be synced. You’ll be able to respond to messages from the comfort of your laptop. In order to get started and set up iMessage on your Mac, follow the instructions below,

1. Launch the Messages application on your Mac. You can use Launchpad, the rocket icon in your dock to find the Messages application or you can type Messages in the text field that appears after clicking on the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of your screen.

2. An alert window will appear. You’ll be prompted to enter your Apple ID and Password. Do so accordingly, then press Sign in.

3. If you’ve enabled two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, you’ll have to enter a verification code. Ensure that you’re using the same Apple ID across all iOS devices.

4. Now that you’ve signed in, click Messages from the top menu bar on the upper left.

5. Click on Preferences.

6. Click on the Accounts tab.

7. Now enter your phone number and email address that you use on your iPhone or other Apple devices that use iMessage.

8. Check on the phone number or email address that you’d like others to see when you begin a conversation with them.

You’ve now synced iMessage across your Apple devices, and enabled your Mac to receive messages accordingly. However, please note that you’ll only receive iMessages, and not text messages.

This means that if someone with a non-Apple device messages you, you won’t receive that message on your Mac. You’ll notice from your iPhone that when you receive an iMessage it’s surrounded by a blue bubble, whereas when you receive a text message, it’s surrounded by a green bubble.

For future references, if you later wish to disable iMessage on your Mac, follow the instructions below,

1. Launch Messages.

2. Using the top menu bar, click Messages.

3. Click Preferences.

4. Click on the Accounts tab.

click Sign Out

5. Click on the iMessage account towards the left, then click Sign Out.

You’ve now signed out of iMessage on your Mac and won’t receive messages, while signed out.