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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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Mute a specific conversation on an Apple Watch of a Family member without their own iPhone

I want to mute a specific conversation on an Apple Watch of a Family member who does not have their own iPhone. (My AppleID and iPhone was used to set up their watch with their associated AppleId). ...
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I can't search in Messages on iOS anymore. How to fix it?

I haven't been able to search in Messages on my iPhone in months. When I try I get the following message: "No Results. More results will be shown once Messages finishes indexing." No advice ...
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How can I turn on Messages notifications when it is not listed in Notifications?

I am using a Macbook with the identifier Mac15,6 and I can't turn on Messages notifications. When I go to Notifications, Messages is not in the list. Any ideas?
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MacOS Messages sometimes takes a while to show text messages

My MacBook M1 running Sonoma 14.4.1 has Messages linked to my iPhone X running iOS 17.4.1, and they also both sync to iCloud. When I get a text message (SMS, MMS or iMessage), usually it shows up in ...
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iOS SQLite database name no longer 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28?

Trying to extract the SQLite db from my iOS phone. Used IExplorer to download the directory Media/Library/SMS but could not find the expected file name 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28. Has it ...
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Messages on macOS Sonoma (14.4.1) does not record voice message

I can reproduce this 100% of the time. The orange microphone icon in the menu bar is there and shows no error while I am trying to record a voice message in Messages. Reproducing the recording has no ...
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Get rid of big icon item in Messages app’s list of conversations

Apple’s Messages app displays a list of conversation threads on the left side. In the current version of iOS and iPadOS, the first items are displayed as a large icon, unlike all the items below that. ...
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iPhone randomly does not make sound when text messages arrive

My iPhone 8, model number MX132LL/A, running iOS 16.7.5, sometimes does not beep/ding when a message arrives. I witnessed this myself visually, with the silent switch clearly set to the "Not ...
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How do I change my "persona" in a group chat?

I recently switched from T-mobile to US Mobile, which doesn't have free/included international use in Mexico and Canada (where I travel often). That means when I go to Canada I'll need to get an ad ...
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Is there a way to automatically close Messages when I start a screen share in Zoom?

Not kill the notifications, but close the whole app. I'm tired of sharing my screen in meetings and forgetting that I had sent my spouse a text saying "look how much the dog pooped" or "...
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Can't route Messages audio through Loopback

Catalina 10.15.7 I have a chronic problem where the Apple ecosystem tries to be "smart" about where it routes alerts for text messages, which almost always means it routes it to the wrong ...
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Mac Messages notifications are only displaying phone numbers or email addresses after upgrading to Ventura

I just upgraded my mac from 10.14 to 13.6.5. Now whenever I get a message, the notification that appears shows the person's phone number or email address rather than their name. My contacts are synced ...
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Despite troubleshooting online messages will not sign in on one device

I have 5 devices, all with imessage enabled. I've associated my email and SMS number with them, but have recently deleted my phone number during troubleshooting the issue below (I'd like to only use ...
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Suddenly can't send messages when connected with Ethernet

I used to be able to send messages while my Macbook Pro was connected via an adapter with an Ethernet cable. Unfortunately, that's no longer the case, even though my internet connection works fine (I'...
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How to use different sender address in iMessage when messaging different contacts?

My Apple account has my phone number and my email address. In iMessage settings, it allows me to select the default sender address (phone number or email). I want to know if it is possible to use ...
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MacBook Pro not receiving iMessages but can receive text messages

I swapped out my MacBook Air for a MacBook Pro (I installed it using Migration Assistant) a few days ago. After setting it up, I noticed I can't receive iMessages on my Macbook but can receive regular ...
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What happened to my GIF app in Messages? [closed]

I can no longer see the app button next to my bar in messages. How can I restore this it regain my access to the icon
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How to avoid "Sign in to iMessage" prompt in MacOS

I am logged in to my Apple account in my Mac so that I can update apps in the App Store, but I an not logged in to iMessage nor Facetime because I do not wish to use them. Whenever I log in to my Mac ...
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Can I save drafts in the iOS Messages app

I don’t see any functionality to compose a Message and save it as a draft on iOS. Is this possible using the messages app on iOS 17?
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Imessage won't send texts as SMS until it times out and says a message can't be delivered

When I send a text without wifi, my phone plan has no data so Imessage won't be able to send a text like that, but it tries anyway for a WHILE and I am only able to send as SMS after it fails to send. ...
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Why do messages from one person go to iMessage on my Mac?

I have an Android phone. Never owned an iPhone. For some reason, there is one single person who whenever he texts me the text goes to iMessage on my Mac laptop and does not go to my phone at all. His ...
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Annoying choice of contact email/phone on CarPlay and iOS

CarPlay uses what is configured on your iPhone. Every time I try to use Siri on CarPlay to send a message or FaceTime someone, for example, Siri send message to Susan or Siri facetime Susan, then I ...
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"Delete Conversation..." in Messages.app on Sonoma

Has anyone found a way to match a keyboard shortcut to the "Delete Conversation..." menu item in Messages.app to delete a conversation? I had a keyboard shortcut setup, but after upgrading ...
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Would these MacBook messaging issues be related to my accounts being compromised?

A few months ago I was on my Mac computer and noticed that when I went to text myself (I do this from time to time to save messages or photos I want to keep or come back to etc) that the “To” field at ...
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Macbook not showing contact names in messages?

I have the 2023 Macbook Air running MacOS13.4. I synced my apple ID from my iphone to my macbook, and in the contacts app on my macbook, I can see all my contacts; however, in the messages app on my ...
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iPhone SMS messages stopped working with one contact

asking for a friend. iPhone 13 Pro Max running IOS 17.1. Strange symptoms started with one individual using SMS messages. Other phone is a Samsung Galaxy. Whenever the iPhone sends a message via ...
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Inconsistent Views of Group Chat in Messages

In a group chat using Messages we noticed this morning that something odd is happening with the chat history. The group was very active yesterday, looking at the chat this morning we noticed: On four ...
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Some images disappeared from text message group chat

I use an iPhone SE, not with iTunes on my Windows laptop because it is far too heavy an app and doesn't do all the syncing I need with Outlook. I normally don't log into my Apple cloud account and ...
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iMessages app keeps displaying a "syncing with iCloud", how to disable it?

On my Mac, the iMessages app keeps displaying a "syncing with iCloud" notification frequently. How can I turn this off? Note, I do not wish to turn off syncing. I also vaguely remember there ...
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Can I confirm that a message has been deleted at the receiving end?

When I delete a just sent message in iOS Messages, can I confirm that it has also been deleted for the recipient (without, of course, asking them)? I'm using macOS 14 and iOS 17, but I don't know how ...
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When I save a photo in MacOS Messages, where does it go?

In order to save myself from having to convert files from HEIC format, I decided to send the photos from my phone to my computer using Messages. I clicked this icon next to the photos in the MacOS ...
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How to set a SMS sender to be a Known sender in Messages?

How do you set a sender of an SMS message to be a known sender? If it is a plain phone number you can hit the info button and add to contacts sometimes. But this does not work always - I have senders ...
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Messages no longer sends images on macOS

My Messages app on macOS (Sonoma) has stopped sending images. Any image I send, using any method (drag and drop, copy paste, etc.) fails to arrive for any participant on a Messages thread. I get no ...
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MacOS Messages: How to compile the attachments for a Messages conversation with an individual contact? ~/Library/Messages/Attachments/

I am trying to compile the complete media exchange with a single MacOS/iOS contact. For reference, I have ensured that the media is all downloaded from iCloud directly within the Messages (i) window ...
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Is there a previous version of chat.db somewhere?

When I look at iMessages (chat.db) with SQL they only go back to July 2023. I'm looking for messages from about 6 months ago. Are there any older files kept on the Mac that I'm not seeing in the ...
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Unable to send any messages when iMessages deselected

In my iMessage settings, the settings for You can receive iMessages to and and reply from only have my own phone and email address. Nothing was picked up from my [300] Contacts for some reason. So ...
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iPhone message attachments keep returning even after I delete them

On my iPhone 13, some iMessage conversations have nearly 100 MB of images. For one conversation, I went to "Attachments" and manually deleted every single photo, but then a few days later ...
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Can email address be removed from iPad without risk deleting messages in iMessage?

One customer of mine inherited an iPad from one of his grandparents. For some time, he is using iMessage with its own phone number to converse with friends. We are not sure if the iPad is still ...
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"An unknown error occurred" when signing into Messages with Apple ID on an Apple Silicon Mac

I am currently unable to sign in to Messages with my Apple ID on my Mac (version numbers included at the end). The error messages that comes up is the not-so-helpful, "An unknown error as ...
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iphone 12 not waking up and no vibration when receiving text

I have an iphone 12 running 16.5.1. I've noticed this issue for the past couple weeks where my phone, when locked, no longer vibrates or wakes up when I receive a text. My messages app is set to "...
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Weirdness on my phone (messages)

I've searched a lot about this but couldn't find anything. I am an iPhone user and while navigating my messages (imessage), I noticed a message box at the bottom named “Anonymous”, dated 19.01.1970, ...
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Recover deleted text messages that are still on old iPhone

I've accidentally deleted some text messages on my iPhone. These messages are still on my old iPhone which has not connected to the internet for a long time, so they haven't been deleted when syncing. ...
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Can't get call and message notification on my Mac

I have just purchased a new MacBook Pro 2019 with Ventura 13.4. On my iPhone I am logging in with the same Apple ID. However, When I am getting a call on my iPhone, I don't get any notification on my ...
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Not receiving notifications from WhatsApp messages

iPhone 7, updated to the latest iOS. If anyone sends me a WhatsApp message, it displays as not delivered on their side, until I open the app. On my side, I get no notification whatsoever. If I exit ...
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Finding chat history for Whatsapp for Mac

I am trying to recover chats from WhatsApp on Mac, due to a problem with my iCloud backup. I have Time Machine backups and I am trying to find where WhatsApp stores my chats in my Library. I have ...
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How can I get continuity of Messages if I'm not using Migration Assistant?

I manually copied ~/Library/Messages from my old Macbook to my new Macbook. Yet Messages still does not see the message history. How can I get continuity of Messages if I'm not using Migration ...
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How can I access `~/Library/Messages`?

I'd like to copy manually into ~/Library/Messages to maintain message history. The folder is owned by the user, not by root: % ls -al ~/Library | grep Messages drwx------ 11 sam staff 352 29 ...
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I have an Android. But someone else has registered my number to their iMessage account. How can I stop that?

I do not have an iPhone, and I don't have an Apple ID. I have an android. When any of my friends with an Android text me, it works perfect. But when any of my friends with an iPhone text me, it sends ...
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Disconnect screen time requests from messages

Some time earlier this year I started getting my child's screen time requests in the Messages app. This has become really annoying. The whole thing seems half-baked and there are several issues: Each ...
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iPhone Messages app always says my wife has notifications silenced

My wife's phone is a 13 and my phone is a 13 mini. They both have the latest patch level 16.4.1 (a). Ever since my wife got her latest iPhone last summer, whenever I try to send her a message it says &...
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