I deleted a conversation by mistake. Restoring ~/Library/Messages from Time Machine doesn’t undo the deletion. Something else must have to be restored. What?

I'm on macOS 10.15.5


1 Answer 1

  1. In the Messages app Preferences, sign out.
  2. Quit Messages.
  3. From Time Machine
    • restore ~/Library/Messages/
    • restore ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.iChat/Data/Library/Messages/
  4. Log out.

This worked. I summarized here from received wisdom.

  • This assumes that you have a backup. If you don’t, what do you do?
    – Solar Mike
    Jun 7, 2020 at 5:20

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