[How to] Send Messages To iPhone, iPad or Mac From iCloud

With the launch of iCloud and the “Find My iPhone” feature, you can now send messages to your Apple device. The messages appear in the form of a pop-up window in Mac OS X and a notification in iOS 5. You can also choose to play a pinging sound with the notification, it will repeatedly play at full volume until someone acknowledges the notification, assuring that it won’t be ignored.

You’ll need to have iCloud enabled and have iOS 5 or its new updates on the iPad or iPhone, and OS X 10.7.2 or newer updates on the Mac, and all hardware must be sharing the same iCloud ID.

How To Send a Message to Your Apple Device from iCloud:

Now we will send a message to MacBook Air from iCloud, but it’s identical on an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch too:

  • Go to iCloud.com and login
  • Click on the “Find My iPhone” button – it will say iPhone even if you want to send a message to a Mac, iPad, or iPod
  • A list of compatible devices will load in the left menu titled “My Devices” and the location of the device will appear on a map
  • Click on the blue “i” button to bring up  the “Find My Mac” (or iPhone/iPad) control panel for that machine, select the “Play Sound or Send Message” button
  • Type your message and click on “Send” , keep the ON switch for “Play Sound” if you want the loud pinging sound to repeat until the notification is acknowledged

Messages are delivered almost instantaneously. On the users end they appear like the pop-up at the top of the screen, and the sender gets a confirmation in the email that is attached to their iCloud account.