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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Why does Messages close on launch?

I'm running MacOS 11.5.1, and whenever I launch messages it closes itself. I ran the "messages" file inside (Messages.app/Contents/MacOS/Messages) and it printed out this error: /.../...
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How to "pull down the screen to reveal the search bar" in iPhone Messages

I am trying to do a search through my messages according to How to Search Messages on iPhone & iPad (2022 Update) It says to "pull down on the screen": However when I do that on my ...
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Restore lost iMessages on iPhone after changing mobile service provider; preventing loss when changing provider (AU)

I recently ported my mobile number to a new provider (Australia Internode: Optus -> Vodafone). When I sent an iMessage to my partner her iPhone (iOS 15) showed the message as being from my number ...
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Syncing messages across iPhone and MacBook (specific situation not covered in most tutorials)

I had to restore my iPhone and reinstall macOS on my MacBook a couple of days ago. Each operation was done separately. The result of performing them is that the messages I exchanged while my phone was ...
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How to retrieve conversation entries older than 90 days in Messages.app?

In the preferences for Messages.app I have set Keep Messages to Forever : But when scrolling back in a long-lived conversation it is hanging at 90 days: I am assuming that were not a coincidence .. ...
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How to always show the date In the Messages.app display area

The Messages.app by default only shows the date of messages once - and in the main body of the text like this: I have some long threads so the date is way not visible. How can the date be made to be ...
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How to select (and copy) all posts within a conversation in the macOS Messages app?

The following question Copy all messages of a conversation in one folder mentions View | Select all but I do not see that option. I have a conversation with a couple hundred entries: i really can not ...
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Only 3000 messages are indexed by Messages.app [INTERNAL] Reason: No recorded reason

I would like to search All text messages but see only a small / recent fraction of them. Here is the message: More results will be shown once Messages finishes indexing. [INTERNAL] Reason: No ...
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How can I stop my iPhone camera roll pictures from converting to .heic format when sent using iMessages?

I’m using iPhone 13 pro max on iOS 15.4.1. I have camera formats setting on “most compatible”. When I take a picture with iPhone, the picture is in .jpeg format. However when I share the same ...
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Messages app on Mac: Mark all messages as read?

On my Mac running macOS Monterey (12.3.1), the Messages icon in the dock is showing a badge with a count of unread messages in the high double digits. (This is an accurate count of old messages that I'...
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I welcome being reminded to stand but can't stand the constant ring-related messaging. How can I turn those off on my Apple watch?

I find the stand reminders extremely helpful, and I like how my Apple Watch keeps track of various exercise activities; when I forget to start a walk or a bicycle ride the watch notices and asks to ...
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I split a contact into two, one with an Apple ID and with a phone number. How can I get iOS to let me open two messages conversations?

Someone in my contacts list that used to have an iPhone has switched to a non-Apple phone, but still has a MacBook. So I want to be able to send this person messages using both iMessage and SMS. To ...
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How do I fix hung indexing of Messages?

I've always assumed that all of the indexing on a Mac is done via Spotlight. But when I hit ⌘-Space and start typing, the "indexing" bar does not appear at this point. mdutil -s / shows ...
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How do I avoid having to clear Messages notifications on multiple devices?

When I get a new iMessage, I'm happy to see a notification appear on all my devices because I might be using any of them. However once I have actually read the message, I don't want to have to go and ...
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iPhone Messages app uses earpiece microphone - poor quality audio

My iPhone's (iPhone XS) native Messages app (iMessage) uses the earpiece microphone for voice-messages with a very poor quality - loud background noise and very low audio volume. The video creation ...
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I created a new group chat excluding one contact but messages in the new group chat are showing for some people in the old chat

I created a new group chat with all the same people minus one contact. In the new chat, my first text populated in the old group chat with the contact that was not included in the new chat. This ...
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How do I disable storing my messages on iCloud?

I try not to use iCloud. I like to back up all my photos and files manually into my external hard drives, so I don't have any use for it. But over the last 2 months, I've been getting bombarded by ...
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How do I link attachments up to messages in the Apple Messages chat.db?

I'm trying to export an entire chat conversation with one friend from a backup of my chat.db SQLite database. I deleted the thread, but realized that I had a backup that is a few months old. I do not ...
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How would I schedule or delay sending an iMessage from a locked iOS device?

On my iOS 15 device, I would like to compose an iMessage, but schedule delivery for another time. If I am awake in a different time zone than my iMessage recipient, I would like to delay sending of my ...
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macOS Messages app not displaying images

On a MacBook Air running macOS 11.6.4 (Big Sur) the Messages app has stopped displaying images sent with incoming messages. Images can be sent out. I found this question, Why aren't pictures in ...
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Message a number using Services - Automator

When I highlight a number and right-click on it, I want to be able to access the Messages app to text that specific number. I have tried many different ways but none has worked. Not sure what ...
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how can i turn off my read receipts?

So my friend can see when i read her messages but i’m confused i have my read receipts off? like i’ve tried youtube videos to see if there’s other ways to turn it off but there’s only 2, the settings ...
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Completely disable iMessages cloud sync

I have iMessages in iCloud disabled. However, when I bring new devices online, my message history is still synced to those devices. How can I prevent this, and how long are messages retained by the ...
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Phone not receiving sms after logging in icloud in other phone

I have a main iphone, and I just logged into another iphone with my icloud that I use for development. I always have iMessage disabled on my main phone. When I logged into my iCloud on my developer ...
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Disable group chat notifications with Focus mode, even from allowed people

iOS 15 has a Focus feature that lets you disable all notifications except for a list of specific people. I've added one person to it. Unfortunately, when this persons sends a message to a group chat ...
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Is there any way to interrupt my AirPods reading me a new text message?

A lot of times I'll hear my iPhone start announcing a text message through my AirPods, and want to "cancel" it for some reason (I already saw the notification on my computer, I'm in the ...
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Only a fraction of the iPhone messages are showing in macOS Messages app

I put some Craigslist ads and am getting a pretty decent stream of Messages on the iPhone. But only maybe one out of three or four shows up on the Messages on macOS - even for ones that I responded to!...
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Can the iPhone be configured to read aloud (text) Messages as they come in?

Whether at my desk or in the car, it would be great to hear text messages read automatically when they arrive. Picking up the phone while driving is a bad idea and this feature could prevent a lot of ...
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How can I disable emoji auto-correction in Messages share pop-ups?

I've been looking all over and can't seem to find a solid answer. I'm trying to stop emoji auto-correction in Messages share pop-ups. I've already disabled it in the Messages app, but when I'm sharing ...
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Is there any way to monitor Messages signed-in status?

I'm not a Apple guy, but I use a Mac Mini for AirMessage - software that enables you communicate with iMessage peeps on other platforms. It works pretty darn well actually, except for when Messages ...
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Messages: is this Apple Support or a scam

I had an issue with my phone. I was going to call Apple Support, but it was pretty late and they were not picking up calls, so I decided to text. After sending messages to the number (800)-692-7753, I ...
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iPhone iMessage using microphone at random times

So I was on iMessage when I noticed the orange dot all of a sudden go off, even though I was just typing. This was really strange, so I checked the App Privacy, and it appears every day in the past 7 ...
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Possible to change Messages up/down key behaviour?

In most single-line text edit fields, pressing Up moves the cursor to the start of the line, and pressing Down moves the cursor to the end. But in the Messages app, the behaviour is slightly different;...
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How to recover deleted Messages chats? [duplicate]

I need to know how to recover all deleted Messages chats before May 2021 with one of my contacts. I deleted them accidentally. I have a mac and an iPhone, both with iCloud and an external Time Machine ...
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Use Applescript to check for new or unread iMessages on Monterrey?

Is it possible to use applescript to check if there are unread messages in the Messages app on mac OS Monterrey? I'm open to creative solutions. For example, this applescript will check for unread ...
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Messages are in random order after syncing from iCloud: how to sort by reverse chronological?

I have selected the "Download from iCloud" and the messages are now jumbled. The messages from the last several days are buried somewhere deep in the list whereas the messages top are from a ...
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Is there a way to delete text messages with right swipe?

In the Messages app, left swipe is delete and right swipe is Pin. I never Pin and left swiping is cumbersome if you're right handed. Outlook uses right swipe for delete. Is there any way to tell ...
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Using Multiple Phone Numbers in Big Sur (and Monterey) Messages app

Before Big Sur (and Monterey), I used to be able to copy, say, 10-15 phone numbers, each separated by a comma, and paste them into the Messages app, and then send a message to those 10-15 people. In ...
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How do I fix being able to view photos sent to me in Messages on my Mac?

I have an issue (which may have started when I updated macOS to Monterey) where I cannot view images in Messages threads like how I used to see view them. IIRC I used to be able to either double click ...
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Restore text messages from Google Messages to new iPhone (Android phone is bricked)

How can I restore my text messages backup from the Google Messages app into my new iPhone? I know there's a move to iOS app, which is great if your old phone is functional. Problem is my Pixel 4 ...
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How does an iPhone decide on whether it should send a text to Messages or Android SMS?

I have an android phone and a Macbook for work, I set up Messages on my Mac with my email account so that I could join group chats with my family. Now when they try to text me individually it all ...
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Lost Messages history for Legacy Contact

After designating one of my contacts as a Legacy Contact all of my history for that contact in Messages has vanished (along with all links on other apps to shared content in Messages). The contact has ...
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Get group chat membership from `chat.db`

I'm able to able to natively access my iMessages through chat.db. and associated contacts through the databases in ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/Sources - is there any similar database for ...
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Reset Messages window size and position to factory default in macOS Big Sur

How do I reset Messages's window size and position to its factory default in macOS Big Sur? I have tried deleting a couple of .plist files (i.e. com.apple.iChat, com.apple.imessage, com.apple.Messages,...
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Is it possible to disable all links in received text messages?

My elderly mother got phished. Luckily, I got to the message before she did. The message just said Sur La Table blah blah blah link. I would like that to just be: Sur La Table blah blah blah ...
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Why are some Message conversations shown on iOS but not on macOS?

I've noticed that some conversations are present on iOS but not on macOS and vice versa. All individuals on the conversations have iPhones and Macs. Is there a setting on one of my these devices that ...
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How to save/export Memojis on macOS Monterey

I have been using macOS Monterey for the past 2 weeks, saving Memoji into my account. It isn't showing up anything. It has been raised while using Monterey in BigSur there was an folder called com....
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Duplicated links in messages

I have this weird experience on macOS that when I copy a link that has been sent to me via iMessage, and then paste it in the browser, the link is pasted as duplicated like the following: https://www....
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AppleScript + Messages.app + Monterey problem

After upgrading to Monterey i can't send image files thru Messages.app using AppleScript. The script below worked before I upgraded to Monterey. I think it's some sort of privileges/sandbox bug and ...
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Can we add a second FaceTime account to iOS

I try to add a second FaceTime account on my iPhone to be reachable on two iMessage and FaceTime accounts on the same device. I have an eSim for my professional use and a normal sim for my personal ...
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