Is it possible to display the Time Stamp of messages by default in both the Desktop Messages app, and the mobile app?

This is the default view:

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Obviously, the time stamps are viewable by hovering the mouse over a message for the desktop version, or swiping left in the mobile app.

But having them always displayed without the mouseover popup like this:

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Would make far more sense. There doesn't seem to be a setting to always show the time stamp in either Messages.App or Messages for iOS, and I'm aware this doesn't seem to be an Apple-supported option, but perhaps it would be achievable through Terminal or an add-in.

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They are displayed by default, as well in the left navigation panel as in the messages list on the right side....

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    That shows when the most recent message was delivered. To view when each message was delivered, you must: "hover the mouse over a message for the desktop version, or swipe left in the mobile app."
    – Rampant
    Jun 24, 2015 at 1:41

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