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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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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Having text message notifications on my iphone (and apple watch), despite receiving notifications on macbook

I have enabled receiving text messages from my iphone in Messages.app on my macbook. The problem I have, is that when my macbook is unlocked, any text messages I receive are displayed in macOS ...
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Group texting with Android users and iPhone not staying as group

I have an iPhone 8+ and one of my friend is sending group texts to me and some buddies. I can see the group discussion, but when I reply, they all receive my text individually, not in the actual group ...
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Friend bought Android phone, but my iPhone keeps trying to send them iMessages. Any fix?

He's de-registered his phone number from iMessage and I've reset and restarted iMessage on my phone (iPhone 8). But I still can't send him messages. Anyone know of a fix?
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Apple now says you have to have iPhone turned on to get iMessages on all devices?

iMac Pro - 10.15.3, iPad 13.3 and iPhone 13.3.1. This AM I noticed that when I did some logging in to different sites, that I have text message 2 step verification turned on, I was not getting the ...
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Applescript app keeps crashing

Whenever I try running this code it does not log the text. repeat set myTime to (time of (current date)) set precisetime1 to 82800 set precisetime2 to 84600 set ...
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Missing iMessage notifications from one contact after changing time on iPhone

About an hour ago I accidentally changed the time on my iPhone 11 Pro to one day ahead, and while it was still one day ahead I texted a person. Then I put the time setting back to normal and now I am ...
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Group iMessage on iPad 2

I have an Wifi-only iPad 2 that is running on ios 9.3.5. I am having issues with iMessage. I am not able to join any groups or send group messages. When I send a group message, it is sent as ...
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How to completely reset iMessage on MacOS X Catalina 10.15.4?

I have an iMac with two user accounts. After updating to MacOS Catalina 10.15.4 one of the two users cannot use iMessage anymore. iMessage just wont start. Starting it results in iMessage ...
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How to click and drag to select/copy only part of a message in iMessage for OS X? [duplicate]

Can anyone tell me how to restore the feature that allows clicking and dragging in a message in the OS X Messages app to select only part of a message that has already been sent or received? This ...
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Set emergency bypass on macOS?

iOS has a great Emergency Bypass feature for allowing certain contacts to ring through to you even when in Do Not Disturb mode. But on macOS, DND prevents any alerts on incoming text messages, even ...
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Change font size of mail list in Mail.app

Is it possible to change the font size of list of mails on the left side inside Mail.app? I find it to be a bit too small for my liking.
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My iPhone is sending texts from my email

So my iPhone is sending texts from my email and I have tried everything to fix it. I went into settings, messages, send and receive but my phone number was greyed out. Then I tried doing a network ...
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iPhone Messages vs. iPad Messages

On my iPhone, I can put the cursor in the middle of a word in Messages to change spelling, mistakes. The little magnification bubble appears, which also helps. Neither my iPad 10.5 nor my wife's ...
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My texts aren’t delivering, but I can receive them perfectly fine

I use an iPad Pro (10.5 in, 2017). I have this one friend I text often. However, while we are having a conversation, some of my texts seem to not get delivered. It doesn’t say “Not Delivered” in red ...
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How much time must elapse between iMessages for a timestamp to appear in the middle?

See how it show 8:56PM and then later 9:41 AM? What is the amount of time that must elapse before a timestamp appears again? An hour, 1.5, two, three?
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How to track down “internal Messages error occurred” of failing Messages app?

I have a machine running Mojave that is sharing an iCloud account with another laptop, an iPhone and an iPad. Recently Messages has been failing with a dialog box: An internal Messages error occurred....
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Images in iCloud for my Messages app will not download completely

At some point, I agreed for iOS to store images from Messages in iCloud to free up space on my iPhone X. That is, the images are deleted from the conversations in Messages, and have to be downloaded ...
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Saving audio messages sent in messages

For iOS 13: I know how to save audio messages from being deleted. How to I save them to another app? You used to be able to hold the audio message down and it would populate an option to ‘save’ it. ...
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Mac OS Message App Badge - “mark as read” shortcut?

Is there a way to remove the red Mac OS Message app badge without having to open the app and click on the message? I've looked through settings, preferences, etc... but the only thing I found is the ...
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How to share stuff to a group message in iOS?

In iOS/iPadOS, if I open a share sheet, for example this one in the IMDb app: I can select a recently used group chat (circled). However, if that group isn’t in the recent list and I just press on ...
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Will deleting a message prevent it from sending?

I accidentally sent a message to the wrong person on my iPad air 2, so I quickly turned off wifi on my iPad. The message didn't send yet, but it doesn't say the not delivered thing. The loading bar ...
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How can I force my iMac to use iMessage NOT SMS

My wife is travelling in the US and has her Australian iPhone (which is roaming) and a iPhone with a US SIM. I can iMessage her OK. I can also iMessage my daughter (in Australia). When I try to send ...
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Two different notification settings for one iMessage contact?

I have a problem with iMessage notifications from some contacts. If I turn off their notifications entirely, I'll miss some important messages. If I leave them on, I'll get bombarded with a dozen ...
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When I try to send a text on Mac, it highlights the message rather than sending it

When I try to text on Mac, and I hit the return button to send it, it will highlight the message instead of sending it (as if I wanted to copy the message). Does anybody know how to help with this?
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Which macOS processes handle iMessage network communications?

I am trying to identify the macOS Catalina processes which handle network communication with Apple's iMessage servers. If you have iMessage enabled and quit the Messages app, incoming messages are ...
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Selectively delete Messages on macOS

Is is possible to selectively delete Messages on Catalina? I currently have Keep messages: "Forever" enabled. My daughter is a inveterate Messenger, and I want to keep some of her messages for ...

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