Recently, I've been wanting to send and receive texts on my MacBook air, just like I do on my pro, but when I spotlight 'messages,' nothing shows up except for java and json files.

Searching for 'messages' in spotlight

Is there any way to download the messages app off of the app store (I've looked and haven't found it. Is it called something else there?) How could I get the messages app on my computer?
Edit: I have checked to make sure my spotlight works properly, and looked through my applications folder. It is not present.

  • Have you verified that Messages.app is completely not present in your /Applications folder? If it is there, then your problem is only with your Spotlight index. Jul 3, 2016 at 5:58
  • Yes, I have @NetherLinks
    – ALX
    Jul 3, 2016 at 5:58
  • I'll edit my post
    – ALX
    Jul 3, 2016 at 5:59

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Since Messages.app comes bundled with OS X, it seems that it got deleted somehow.

To get the Messages app again (or any other pre-installed OS X app that is not available on the App Store), you will have to re-install OS X. The process does not erase any data.

Alternatively, if you know someone who has the same OS X, you could copy Messages.app from their machine and paste it in your Applications folder.

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