iOS 11.3, macOS Sierra

At night after about 9PM, my iMac is either asleep or powered off. If during that time I receive any messages to my phone, they will not appear in the Mac message history when I wake it up or turn it on again.

I hate how my different devices (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop) all have different message histories. Generally the phone is the only complete one since it pretty much never turns off.

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Is it even possible to get a Mac to fetch recent messages that it missed?

  • What version of macOS are you using? My Mac occasionally gets a little bit behind, but has always caught up eventually. – dwightk Feb 26 at 23:36
  • Are you sure your phone is set up to use iCloud for messages? – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Feb 26 at 23:47
  • Question updated to include OS versions. As for "iCloud Messages" there is no such option on my Mac (Sierra). Maybe this was added in High Sierra or later? I see it on my Laptop running High Sierra so I suspect that's the case. – Jonathan van Clute Feb 26 at 23:57
  • It works in El Capitan and newer. As long as you have everything synced with iCloud, the messages will be in sync - they may take a few mins to catch up, but they do. – Allan Feb 27 at 0:06
  • Well since there is no "iCloud Messages" option for Messages on Sierra... this doesn't seem to be the case. And the messages NEVER "catch up". Ever. I can leave my machine on for days or weeks, they will never catch up. – Jonathan van Clute Feb 27 at 0:08

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