Use Mail on your Mac
Use the Mail app in OS X to compose, reply to, and store email on your Mac.
Set up Mail
If you haven't already set up your email account, you're prompted to set it up when you first open Mail.
Choose your email provider from the list, then click Continue.
- Compose new messages
- View your email
- Reply to email
To make it easy to follow a thread of messages between you and others, Mail organizes email replies into conversations. It collapses text you've already seen in earlier emails so you can read through a topic more easily.
To include an attachment, such as an image or a document:
Messages with attachments show a paper clip icon:
Organize your email
You can create Mailboxes to organize your email messages. Mailboxes work like folders in the Finder.
Use Messages with your Mac
Messages is the text-messaging software included with your Mac. Use it to send messages from iMessage or other messaging services.
Set up iMessage
iMessage is the Apple messaging service you get automatically with your Apple ID. If it's not already set up, you're asked to sign in when you first open the Messages app. Sign in with same Apple ID that you use with Messages on your iPhone and other devices.
Add a Tapback to a message
macOS Sierra introduces Tapback to the Mac. A Tapback is a quick response that expresses what you think about a message, such as that you like it or think it's funny.
Send text messages to anyone from your Mac
If you have an iPhone with an active cellular plan, you can set up Messages to send and receive SMS and MMS messages from your Mac. Such messages don't require the recipient to be using iMessage or an Apple device
Use FaceTime with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
Learn how to use FaceTime to make video and audio calls from your iOS devices.
Over Wi-Fi, you can use FaceTime on any of these devices:
- iPhone 4 or later
- iPad 2 or later
- iPad mini (all models)
- iPod touch 4th generation or later (only iPod touch 5th generation supports FaceTime audio calling)
With a cellular data plan, you can also use FaceTime without Wi-Fi on any of these devices:
- iPhone 4s or later
- iPad (3rd generation or later)
FaceTime isn’t available or might not appear on devices purchased or used in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Pakistan.