Messages is one of the original iPhone (now iOS) apps shipped with the iPhone. It also now includes version of Messages shipped with OSX Mountain Lion.

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Send messages in Mavericks

Two questions on using iMessage: A few months ago, I was able to send messages from the OSX Messages app, which would go to the recipient's mac, iPhone, and/or iPad. Now, the messages only appear on ...
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How to get an iMessage conversation to go back from green to blue?

After some overseas travel my imessage conversation with my contact (also an iPhone user) switched from blue (iMessage) to green (SMS) - due to problems with international roaming. We're back in our ...
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iMessage to Mac when logged off

Quick easy question - if iPhone iMessages are synced to Mac, then somehow you get logged out of messages on the Mac, would any iMessages sent by your phone while you were logged out on your Mac show ...
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Can mac receive messages when iCloud keeps asking for password?

One day my older Macbook Pro (which is now not in my hands) started asking for iCloud password with text "This Mac can't connect to iCloud because of a problem with mail@mail.com." but I kept ...
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What's the secret to getting screen sharing to work with Messages in OS X 10.11?

I have a client who is only moderately comfortable in Xcode, and regularly has problems building the app I'm developing for him, or git conflicts, or other things that are very painful to figure out ...
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Messages not working on iPhone 5

I am using an iPhone 5, version 9.3.2, 32 GB of memory, 27.1 of capacity. Suddenly I cannot use my Messages. Other option is working well but when click Messages it's just hanging. I even cannot ...
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Continuity between 2 iPhones (of which 1 not connected to Cellular / without SIM)

I recently bought an iPhone 6S, but my trusty iPhone 5S is still in good condition so I figured I would keep it around for use at home. I'm currently using the iPhone 5S as "fixed line replacement" ...
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How do get the text in Messages to display while I’m typing?

At one time my Messages app showed text and the text field where I would type my messages but suddenly it has disappeared. How do I correct this? I've tried changing the contrast and the display ...
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How to prevent notifications of old Messages when I log into my Mac?

I use Messages on my Mac as well as my iPhone. Whenever I log into my Mac, notifications pop up for each Message I've received since the last time I logged in, even though I've already checked them ...
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Text Message Forwarding

I am trying to make NONE of my text messages/imessage/sms messages (don't understand the universe of text messaging). I just don't want any of them to appear on the iPad my child sometimes uses. I'...
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How to change one person's name in Messages?

How do you change one person's name in a chat? I don't mean group chat, I mean just one person in this chat.
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Why is Messages acting extremely slow like Internet Explorer?

I've got my iPhone sync my messages to OS X. However, even though my Mac and my iPhone are connected to my perfectly stable home network, OS X is getting messages with a few minutes of delay. All the ...
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Send a new text without all the history for that recipient

Whenever I start to compose a new text message on my iPhone 6 to send to someone, as soon as I enter their name in the To: field the last text that I sent or received from them appears in my message ...
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Hide the “Your Apple ID is now being used for iMessage…” message?

Is it possible to hide the notification from macs when a new mac is added to the iCloud account? Specifically this one: "Your apple is is now being used for iMessage and FaceTime on a new Mac" I'm "...
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Auto login to Google Talk via OSX Messages

Within OSX Messages, you can add a Google Talk account. In order to log in to Google Talk, i have to go to Messages > Window > Buddies > set to Available (or just press CMD-L to log in). Is there a ...
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When I text someone, they receive it from 2 numbers

Whenever I text or iMessage someone, they recieve it from both my number from my old phone that I transferred over, and the number on this phone. How do I make sure only 1 number is in use?
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iPhone not getting audio alerts from texts and other notification events

I have an iPhone 6s running iOS 9.3.1. I have notifications for messages configured to alert with a sound. Other apps are set to notify with sound as well. I do have Do Not Disturb enabled, but it is ...
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How many MB can I send on iMessage? [duplicate]

I was wondering if anyone could tell me how many MB I can send over iMessage? And when and why messages get compressed sometimes seemingly by random. I find it very awkward that Apple made this very ...
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Use Terminal to echo a Messages chat

What script/command could I use to echo a readable format of my messages with someone? Is there any way to echo the chat.db as a table for that one person who I am chatting with?
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Notify me when someone joins messages

When one of my contacts is using the Messages app (OSX 10.9), a blue dot appears next to their icon to show that they are available. Is there a way (probably using applescript or automator) to make a ...
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In Mac OS X El Capitan, is it still possible to change the color of the bubbles in Messages?

I have looked through Preferences, System Preferences, even looked at a couple of 3rd-party apps. I could find nothing of use. So is it still possible to change the color of chat bubbles (and text) ...
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Is there a way to hide the text in the left hand column in Messages?

I want to hide the text under the name of the contact in the Messages app. So in the example below, it would be the text that is below the name Matt Brian. Is there a way to do this?
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iMessage Alternative for OSX El Capitan, with iMessaging

I've been having problems with iMessaging on my Macbook Pro (iCloud account issues, which Apple support hasn't been able to fix over three support calls) for over a year. I really need to send texts ...
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How to make [return] behave as a [return] within Messages, Skype…

I am using Messages on both Macs & iPhones and I am typing a lot of E-mails. Within all these environment I am used to the normal behaviour of the return key. Within Messages this key doesn't ...
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Error 'The application “Messages” can’t be opened.' after clicking on notification.

Messages is open and working, but not the active application. I get a text, the top right hand notification comes in. I want to go to the Messages app so I click the notification and get this error. ...
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How to send sms/iMessage when calendar event occurs with applescript? OS X El Capitan

Is there any way to send sms or iMessage (or e-mail) to a contact from a contact book, when a certain calendar event occurs? e.g. There is Bob in address book with phone number and e-mail. And there ...
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What does it mean when iMessage suddenly stops saying “Delivered”?

I was texting my friend and everything was okay until I took a few minutes to reply to her message and my text suddenly does not say "Delivered" under it. I'm under Wi-Fi and she possibly was too so ...
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Cannot send iMessages on my Mac but can receive them

I changed my main Apple ID email address yesterday, and also changed from my iPhone 5C to a iPhone SE. Once I did changed my Apple ID email address, I had to sign out of all my devices, and sign back ...
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View and delete individual messages directly from POP server in OS X Mail

There is/was a feature in OS X Mail that allowed to fetch the list of messages from the server in a configured POP account. This fetched only message headers - all at once - and displayed the list in ...
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How to resolve the ambiguity of sending iMessages to a person with multiple addresses?

My friend's iphone keeps forgetting one of its iMessage addresses. Both the phone number and her email address are configured for iMessage but often the phone doesn't receive messages if they are sent ...
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Auto configure mail and messages

I have an environment with Macs bound to AD, and using Google for email and chat. Is there a way to have users mail and messages apps already auto configured upon their initial login? I'm assuming ...
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Why all previous SMSs are deleted after receiving a normal SMS on my iPhone4/iOS 7.1.2?

I received a normal SMS (GSM SMS, not iMessage) from my friend on my iPhone 4 running iOS 7.1.2. There were lots of messages (more than 10K) in that chat thread before the last message received. When ...
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sending texts messages to my own cell number and it always dupicates it why

I sometimes send text messages to myself in the form of pictures, and it always sends me them in duplicate. one on the right and on the left hand side of my screen. does anyone know why my phone would ...
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Messages App in iOS simulator?

I know that there exists an iOS simulator for Mac (how to get it eludes me - if you could give me a download link I'd be grateful). Many people want to know how to use multiple Apple IDs with ...
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iPhone 6s not displaying names on text messages

I have a brand new iPhone 6s which suddenly stopped displaying names on text messages after I downloaded iOS 9.3. Any new ideas?
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Messages shows inactive iCloud account

On Yosemite Messages my iCloud account is shown as inactive although I use it constantly for Mail, Notes, Contacts etc. It is also slow to log in when I enter my password and sometimes that fails. ...
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Search filter in Messages.app does not work well. In particular it's useless on iOS

When I use this, it is supposed to filter down messages, but all I get shown to me are messages which are not matches, from weeks and months in the past. It seems like something is corrupted. Maybe ...
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How can you export messages from OS X Messages.app (10.11) [duplicate]

I need extract the exchanges with several people on the OS X Messages.app (or in the iOS equivalent) to present them in a law case (no criminal charges, just a client who refuses to pay). How can ...
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Non loadable attachments in Message app

From some point of time the Messages app stopped loading attachments (they arrive fine to iDevices). Does anybody have any idea on how to fix that? Tried deleting ~/Library/Messages/ and ~/Library/...
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Mac messages - connect to yappy

I've recently started using Yappy as a universal way to send text messages from any device that I have. One thing that I would really like to do however is connect my Mac's messages client to Yappy, ...
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Messages no longer allows me to transfer images using AIM

For about 10 years my colleagues and I have used iChat, then Messages to exchange images for work (we use AIM). A year or so (maybe longer) we could no longer transfer images back and forth. The ...
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Is it possible to have only one notification for a text message until the message is read?

I've been looking for a while but I cannot find out if I can limit it so that I only receive the first notification and no others until I've read the message. There is a notification setting that ...
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Prevent the “Your Message Could Not be Sent” Error Window when Messages Isn't Running

I've just started using Messages in El Capitan (10.11.1) for both iMessages and SMS through my iPhone, which is great. The only major annoyance is that when I'm away from my computer, and Messages is ...
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How can I create a new contact from Messages & add it to a specific Group in Contacts?

When I receive an SMS message, I can create a new contact from the number. Works great, very useful. Lots of business folks must do the same. What I want to do is create the contact in my business ...
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What's the difference between chat.db, chat.db-shm and chat.db-wal

There are 3 files used to save Messages on Mac. chat.db chat.db-shm chat.db-wal What are each of them for?
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How do I automatically save messages on my Mac, even after deleting the conversation

I tend to delete my conversations from Messages to keep it neat, but some messages I don't actually want to be gone forever. How can I have my messages save somewhere in a folder automatically even ...
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How to seek to very old text messages

I have a conversation that likely has tens of thousands of messages sent over the past year. I want to find texts 6 months ago in August. How can I go about getting back to August and scrolling ...
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how to Turn off the function of sending txt pressing return on my iPad?

yes, I saw that people had ask for to turn return key to send txt but none asked how to turn off? any ideas? I tried the idea with international keyboard... but no luck many thanks
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How can I restore the El Capitan Messages notification sound (chime) to the old sound?

I've noticed when I receive messages in the Messages app in El Capitan, it plays the "Chime" sound from iOS 9. I recall that in the previous version of OSX, or perhaps the one before it, the ...