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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 after I delete them from the Messages app?

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It's 'all or nothing' you can't be selective about which to save [unless you juggle this parameter before each time you close a conversation, which might work] but in Messages prefs, check "Save history when conversations are closed"

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  • I bet there's a way to customize that parameter so that it doesn't restore the history in the conversation. I wonder if that's possible. Maybe a Stack Overflow question?
    – User
    Jan 9 '16 at 20:17
  • Not quite sure what you mean. If that box is unchecked, the message history is wiped when you close a conversation.Not the messages themselves, just the history of how they all fit together. if it's checked, then next time a conversation is re-opened, the history is restored to that conversation in Messages. See apple.stackexchange.com/questions/212294/…
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 10 '16 at 7:39
  • I figured a solution out. Just use a cronjob with a recursive copy to move everything from the messages folder to an archive.
    – User
    Jan 13 '16 at 6:23
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All messages are saved in ~/Library/Messages so you can create a backup by simply using a cronjob to cp them over to your archive folder.

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  • This doesn't actually answer the question you asked.
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 13 '16 at 7:42
  • @Tetsujin How do you figure?
    – User
    Jan 13 '16 at 14:13
  • 'how to automatically save'… they're already saved, though the actual linked convos are destroyed if you don't save history - but there was no mention of backing them up… which you could do the same as any other backup.
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 13 '16 at 16:22

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