Tuesday, April 7, 2015

How To Make Phone Calls & Send Text Messages From Your Mac

Apple's latest rendition of OS X (10.10 - Yosemite) ushered in a plethora of new features for your Mac. One of these is particularly useful if you find yourself spending too many hours in front of your desktop/laptop screen. Assuming you have an IPhone 5 or greater - what Apple Fan doesn't?, you can use your Mac as a Smartphone. It is very easy to make and receive calls, as well as, text messages without retrieving your handset. In addition, you can also make calls from your Ipad Air or Ipad Mini. Here are the steps.

  1. Your Mac and IPhone need to be on the same WIFI network.
  2. You must be logged in to the same Apple ICloud Account on both devices.
  3. Open the Messages App on your Mac. Go to Preferences>Accounts and make sure that your Iphone phone number is "checked".
  4. When a phone call comes in, you'll get a notification at the top right of your computer screen where you can choose to accept or decline it.
  5. To make a call, open the Facetime App, click the Audio tab and type in the number that you want to call.
  6. The new SMS relay will also allow you to send text (sms) messages to anyone from your Mac. Previously, you could only send iMessages, limiting your communications to those within the Apple "Eco System". You will need an IPhone 5s or greater and IOS 8.1 to enable this particular feature. Make sure your iCloud credentials are setup on your Mac in System Preferences>ICloud. Open the Messages app open on your Mac and, open it on your iOS device, as well. On your IOS device, Go to Settings -> Messages -> Text Message Forwarding. Once you see your device listed, toggle it on. You may also be required to input a verification code, so make sure to leave Messages open on your Mac to receive it. That should do it. You can now send SMS messages from your Mac using SMS Relay.