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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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to prevent changes on the iPad

I have an iPad with iOS 9 that is used by technological illiterate people of my family. These persons use basically facetime, messages and safari. They manage that relatively well but if for some ...
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iCloud Issue After El Capitan Update 10.11.2

After updating my MacBook Pro to 10.11.2, I am having huge issues with iCloud. Thus far, I am noticing that: I can no longer use Messages. I cannot use FaceTime. I cannot authenticate into ...
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Does the “messages from iphone” icon only appear in the dock when my messages are opened from my iPhone?

I was working the other day on my Macbook and this icon popped up. My phone was not with me. Does that mean whoever had my phone just went through my messages? Is it safe to accuse them? I didn't ...
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How do I backup Messages from Macbook?

I want to delete all of my messages off my Macbook and iPhone but I'd like to back them up before I do so. How do I go about doing this?
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How can I stop my old broken phone getting my text messages?

My iPhone cracked its screen and presently i cannot get past the locked access screen. Got a new phone but the old phone continues to show me my new text messages. I cannot get into old phone to ...
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How do I show people wanting my Yahoo! authorization and respond to them in Messages?

I cannot figure out how to respond to Yahoo! Authorization requests in Messages in El Capitan Someone is trying to add me as a buddy but I don’t see any way to accept or decline. I have a popup ...
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How to get back all iMessages into newly installed OS X El Capitan?

This is not related to the broken Messages app. After I formatted my drive, installed El Capitan clean and received a code on my iPhone I can send iMessages from my Mac. They are received by my ...
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Recover Messages content after clean install of El Capitan

I've done a clean install of El Capitan. I do have a raw file back up of my home folder, containing the messages archive. This was created when I was in Yosemite. I grabbed the entire contents of ...
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Do all iMessages always get pushed to Messages on the Mac?

Hypothetical situation: Connected on different internet connections. If there are active conversations on my Macbook, and I get a text from one of the conversations not listed there, will it always ...
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New emojis don't show on Mac, only on iPhone

The new emojis don't appear as a valid character. They appear as a rectangle in Messages on my Mac. On the iPhone I can see the emoji fine. My software is 10.10.5. How can I download the new emojis ...
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Messages not syncing across devices

Since updating to iOS9, iPhone messages seem not to sync, or at least not for some IDs, from my MacBook Pro running latest OS -- and vice versa. Possibly related problem: Siri will not create messages ...
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Applescript - Getting Property of an Object Not Working

The dictionary for Messages states that the application has a "chat" element which has the property "updated". My goal is to get this property, and here is my code: tell application "Messages" ...
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How can I locate an iMessage from 1-2 months ago? Possible?

I am trying to find/locate iMessages from a certain day back at the beginning of October. Is this possible? Scrolling back on the history on my iMac in Messages goes back to 10/19/15 but no further. ...
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Is Messages.app supposed to update all Macs & iOS devices with the same conversation?

My iOS 8/9 devices generally all get updated with every message in every conversation in the Messages app. But my Mac usually fails to receive any messages sent via the iOS devices. Is this normal? ...
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Text Messaging Forwarding code not showing up on macbook pro

On my macbook, I successfully set up iCloud and can view all my contacts and such in the Contacts app. On my iPhone6, I went into settings -> Text Messaging Forwarding and turned on the indicator for ...
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Messages App conversation screen doesn't refresh OSX 10.10.5

The actual conversation transcript screen doesn't refresh regardless of which conversation I select from the previews on the left. The actual conversation transcript does not update regardless of new ...
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AppleScript, Mail, & Outgoing Message Visibility

Here's a simple AppleScript for creating and sending messages. tell application id "com.apple.mail" repeat with i from 1 to 5 set newMessage to make new outgoing message at ¬ ...