Questions tagged [messages]

Messages is one of the original iPhone (now iOS) apps shipped with the iPhone. It is included in macOS since OS X Mountain Lion. This tag also should be used for all iMessage questions.

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Dual SIM: How to choose phone number when replying to SMS message in Messages

I have an iPhone with an eSim and physical SIM and therefore 2 different phone numbers. There is a message thread in Messages that contains messages sent to both of these numbers. I want to know, when ...
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Forward iMessage

Situation: group chat needs to remain iMessage only, while other entities need the info. Question: how can an iMessage be forwarded by SMS or as an email? Further info: the iMessage can be received ...
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Forward text messages received on Android to Mac?

Is there any way to forward text messages received on an Android to a Mac (maybe as notifications or to the native Messages app)?
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How can I ensure that friends with iPhones send me SMS/text instead of iMessages?

I have an android phone and normally use the Google Messages app for sending and receiving SMS. Yesterday, I used the macOS Messages.app app for the first time to send a friend a link. I guess they ...
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New window appears in messages

Whenever one of my contacts replies to my message it appears in a separate window. Then all of my replies also appears in a separate window. There is no conversation stream in one window. I've checked ...
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Ten years old nightmare to make facetime calls to South America

I live in Europe. Here I have a 200/100 MBPS fiber connection that works like heaven. Never drops, almost zero issues, an an uptime rate of almost 100% through the year. They have installed a super ...
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Messages not sending all my texts to one specific user

I upgraded to a new iMac running Catalina. Since I've done this I'm having a problem sending messages to my daughter and maybe others. At first she received no messages from me, but other people did. ...
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OS X Messages sending to contact's email address even when I choose phone number

I have a Mac running Mojave and an iPhone. I have a contact, Matt, who is an android user. I have both an email address and a phone number in Contacts for him. When I use Messages to send a group text ...
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Messages on Mac say not sending but they are going through

I've tried changing my addresses on my phone, logging in and out, and messing with the library setting in finder. I know that the messages are being received and it happens all the time to almost ...
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imessage notifications not working for one person

so a couple weeks ago me and my boyfriend’s imessage stopped working. he wouldn’t get notifications when i sent a message and would physically have to click on the the message to see what i sent. on ...
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iMessage without iCloud is like or unlike other messaging applications when it comes to the synchronization?

If one uses the same Apple ID in more than one device and uses iMessage in each device, if iCloud > Message is disabled, ie, the iMessage sync is turned off, don't we "receive" a message ...
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Recover deleted chat in messages [duplicate]

I accidentaly deleted all chat history of one of my contacts. Could anyone help me to get back all this messages?
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I cant get texts on my Android phone from messages on my Macbook

I cant get texts on my Android phone from messages on my Macbook, but only from a few people. Coincidentally its people I've had facetime conversations with. It seems that the Mac has said to itself &...
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Messages.app on macOS won't send/receive/display messages to/from one specific contact

I have a strange situation that I can't puzzle out. There is one particular contact that I can't send or receive messages from in Messages.app on macOS 10.15.7 on a MacBook Pro. I can receive and send ...
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I puchased a new iMac and there is one entry in my contacts app that no longer works with Messages

I recently bought a new iMac running Catalina and I used Migration Assistant to load some of my old stuff on my new computer. This appears to have worked well and my new computer is running fine. ...
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iOS Messages phone storage usage different from iCloud

I have a conversation log in my iPhone (iPhone 11 Pro, iOS 14.0.1) that goes back to 2009. iOS says it is occupying 15.96GB: I have the phone set to save everything in my conversations (e.g.: high ...
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How do I prevent spam from appearing in Messages on iOS?

The Messages app on iOS has a feature that seems intended to prevent spam messages from appearing in the list of messages I see by default: choosing to filter on "Known" senders only. I'd ...
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cannot log into Messages and FaceTime in MacOS Big Sur beta 8

a day ago I updated to macOS Big Sur beta 8. all of the messages I sent said not delivered when I had internet. I tried logging out and logging back in, but it won't log in. It works for a few ...
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Messages in the cloud - can I force a “re-sync” to the cloud?

I have a deleted conversation in Messages on my iPhone. Since I have set up Messages in the cloud on all my devices, I am seeing that conversation is deleted on my iPad too. However, as my Mac was ...
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Long delay in receiving some messages

Yesterday morning I received a series of messages (some personal, others of account validation) that were 36 hours old, while during this time I continued to exchange without any particular problem. ...
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What happened to jabber / hangouts options in messages? [duplicate]

Messages (on Mac OS X) used to let you add a gmail account for jabber -- it appears this is gone now? Is there a way to re-enable it?
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Phone number not showing up in Send & Recieve

Im trying to activate my iMessage with my phone number but it keeps using my email address instead of my phone number. When I try to select my number in Send & Receive its not there even though ...
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SMS iPhone history chaos after migration from Android

I used the "Move to iOS" app to transfer data from my old Android phone to a iPhone SE. SMS were transferred but the history is totally chaotic: Older messages are displayed after newer one ...
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“Appears to be corrupted” error when opening old iChat logs in Messages

When I try to open old iChat logs (circa 2005) with Messages on Catalina, I get the following error message: The chat transcript “file name” could not be opened. This file appears to be corrupted and ...
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How is Messages traffic routed?

AppleID signed in to MacOS message for the first time: are SMS messages to cell phones routed through the iPhone? Assume the recipient is not using an Apple device (not use iMessage). If I did not ...
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How do I get the 'Find My' map back in the Messages app 'details' popup on macOS?

I used to have a 'Find my' map on the details popup in Messages, useful for quick access to that info. It disappeared around the time I upgraded to Catalina, so I assumed the feature was pulled. ...
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How to change the message app icon

The phone icon and the message icon are both green. This is poor design. How can I change the icon, or at least the color of the icon?
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sms/imessage's allert don't work for one contact

I have an iPhone 11 on 13.5.1 iOs. Suddenly, the alerts of imessage don't work, for one only person. There is no budge for new message in the chat (on the main app, where all the chats are). This ...
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Prevent iPhone from trying to send text message after leaving airplane mode

I accidentally sent a text and before it could fully send, I put my phone into airplane mode. The text is "stuck" and is neither sent NOR saying failed to deliver. What do I do? How do I not ...
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2FA codes not received on Messages in macOS

I use Messages on macOS (both Catalina and now Big Sur) with iCloud syncing on. I can receive and send messages from/on macOS. Except for 2FA (two-factor authentication) codes. These codes, from any ...
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Blurry iMessage images on some receiving iPhones

The Problem When sending an image or screenshot to a friend (from iPhone XR to iPhone 11 Pro in this specific case) all iMessage images appear blurry on his device. No matter if he is connected via ...
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In a group text, how do you reply to the same numbers that were originally messaged?

I am on the receiving end of this problem and am trying to resolve the issue for my brother, who has an iPhone. I have two mobile numbers (we'll call them Phone A and Phone B). When my sister (who is ...
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Is it possible to test iMessage functionality without another person?

I'm trying to switch cell carriers and I want to make sure that both iMessage and SMS text work on the new one. I can trigger an SMS anytime I want through any number of websites with 2FA. Is there a ...
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iMessages not showing but the number of iMessages are showing on Mesaages app as Notification

I have been facing this problem for quite a while now, iMessages, that i receive, are not showing in Messages app but the number of messages which have been received are showing on Messages app as ...
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How to export text message data from iCloud

I've been using iCloud to save text message data for a while now and I'm closing in on 5gb. How do I export this message data into a file or folder for my own personal records? What I'm not trying to ...
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Messages open automatically at random times on Macbook Air

My early 2014 MacBook air randomly opens Messages by itself. I don't remember setting something up or changing a setting that causes my MacBook to do this. I am logged into Messages, which is synced ...
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Can I update my emoji set without updating my operating system?

I'm on OS 10.12, and because of some legacy software I'm running, I can't upgrade. I have access to most emoji, but some of the newer icons, like 🥰, display as blank (e.g. in Messages) or as a box ...
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How to get contents of most recent iMessage

I would like to get the contents of my most recent iMessage using either applescript of terminal. I'm fine with it going to the clipboard or a variable, but I can't find this information anywhere. ...
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Can someone else see my messages on his device?

Something strange happened today. I got lots of messages via iMessage obviously not intended for me. Short story, what’s happened is when I got my iPhone on a new network I transferred my old number. ...
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macOS Messages app: how can I undo the deletion of a conversation?

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
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iMessage fails to send despite 'delivered'

iMessages that claim to have been 'delivered' then fail after going into airplane mode ~30 seconds later. What does 'delivered' actually mean, if not that the message was delivered to the recipient ...
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How to transfer iMessage texts from Mac to iPhone?

I accidentally deleted some messages from my iPhone but they still appear on my Mac as I haven't enabled iCloud for messages on either device. Is there any way to transfer the old messages from my mac ...
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Can't send or receive MMS on iPhone 8 Plus on Verizon if on WiFi calling

An iPhone 8 Plus can't send / receive MMS messages (i.e. non-iMessage group messages) when on WiFi calling on Verizon - it just sits with the progress bar when trying to send and then eventually fails....
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Is it possible to restore messages to an iPhone when they're backed up on a computer?

I'd like to restore a series of deleted messages (a whole conversation) to an iPhone. The snag is - they're backed up on my computer but not on iCloud. Is that possible at all?
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Disable iPhone notification when message displayed on Mac

I have Messages on my MacBook connected to my iPhone, so when my phone gets an SMS message it's displayed on the Mac. But the iPhone also dings and displays a notification of the message. What I'd ...
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In the iPhone's messages list, where does the date come from?

This is maybe a weird question. In the iPhone's "Messages" app, the first view is a list of all the chats, sorted by the most recent messages in each chat. To the right of each chat entry is a date (...
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iMessage says “Not Delivered” even though it is

Since I own an Apple Watch, iMessage repeatedly displays the message "Not Delivered" among a whole series of messages. However, this only happens after I switch on the flight mode, an old habit of ...
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“An internal Messages error occurred.”

MacBook Pro running Mojave 10.14.6 The Messages application on my MacBook Pro stopped working on my main account. The strange thing is that it works perfectly on the 2 User accounts, one of which is ...
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How to fix latest text bomb on iPhone 8?

I sent the text bomb (Italian flag with a non-english characters on either side) to my girlfriend while she was on iOS 13.3. phone hung as expected. Was able to get control after a reboot and deleted ...
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What does ⌛︎ Preview Hidden in macOS Messages app mean?

One of my contacts with whom I exchange iMessages, has started showing ⌛︎ Preview Hidden in the macOS Messages app just below their name. Interestingly, this is not shown in the Messages app on my ...

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