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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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Message app photo messages take forever to send and frequently fail

Lately whenever I send a photo through Apple's Messages app on my iPhone, it takes an absurdly long time (~5 minutes per photo) and often reports "message failed to send". Prior to a few weeks ago ...
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Changed phone number to new contact but messages still shows old contact

My phone is an iPhone on iOS 12.1. I had a second phone that was not an iPhone and in my personal contact card on my main phone, I had the second phone number added as an additional entry for mobile ...
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iPhone iMessages iRestore

Preface I have an iPhone and am getting my own phone number. I have been warned that a factory reset will take place when installing the SIM card/phone number. I do not have a Mac computer, nor ...
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Closed Messages conversations reopen after reopening the app

I sometimes close conversations cluttering the sidebar but they don't stay closed after quitting and reopening the app, they reappear. The only way to keep them closed is to also restart my mac. Does ...
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How can I disable iMessage suggestions in iOS 13’s share menu?

In iOS 13, when I try to share something, the first row is all suggestions about who I should text whatever I’m reading to. How can I disable this “feature” so that it stops taking up space in the ...
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Read old iMessages on mac

I would like to read old iMessages that are stored on my Mac. I have found the messages as .ichat files and converted them to xml files, but these are still full of markup language. Is there are way ...
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Handoff: Messages is offered but the message I am writing is not copied?

I have a Macbook 2017 and an iPhone 8 (both fully updated). I would like to start writing a message on my Mac and then continue editing it on my iPhone before sending it, hence I have enabled Handoff....
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How to send a voice message handsfree in iMessage?

How can you send a voice message on iPhone handsfree? The time I want to record a voice message is precisely when I can't use hands, but the iMessage app has a button that you have to Tap and hold to ...
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How can I retrieve a deleted iMessage if using iMessage in iCloud?

I realize too late that I deleted a very important iMessage conversation and I need to retrieve it. I have iMessage in iCloud. To attempt a restore, of course I had to reset my phone and did a ...
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Sync Imessage Group Chat History between devices

I accidentally deleted the history of an imessage groupchat from my iphone but it still appears on my mac. Is there any way I can use this to recover it on my phone? They sync through iCloud. I've ...
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How to copy/paste parts of a text in Messages.app

I am pretty sure I used to be able to select and copy text in Messages.app like in any other app (click + drag, double-click, etc.) Right now I don't seem to be able to do this. I am not sure what ...
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How do I ensure the messages get to my iPhone?

I just got an iPhone 8 and I noticed if someone writes to me via their iPhone messages app, I only get it on my MacBook Pro, but I would not be able to get it on my iPhone. I would I rectify this?
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How to change the send/receive sound on Messages in macOS Mojave

I'm trying to change the sound Messages makes when sending out an message along with receiving one. I've done some tinkering based on info from similiar questions on this site. For example: Where ...
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iMessage Deletion from physical device

How long are iMessages that are not backed up to the cloud, but are deleted stored on the physical device of an iPhone X (12.4). Are these physically deleted or still available in the unallocated ...
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Contacts and text messages merging after 13.1 iPhone update

My boyfriend has an android for his personal use and an iPhone for work. I updated my iPhone to 13.1 and now both of his phones are combined in my text messages. I hate it! How do I fix this problem?
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Deleted Messages conversations inconsistent between devices

OSX native messaging app is set to Sync via iCloud account. Messages sent on either device (iPhone/Macbook) DO sync without issue. Deleting a conversation via Macbook will present the following ...
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Where's the iMessage contact icon stored? [duplicate]

Where is this empty avatar stored on macOS Catalina?
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Texts stopped syncing between Messages app and iPhone

I have an iPhone6 that had been syncing successfully to my Mojave macbook pro 2015 until sometime yesterday. Today I noticed they are not syncing: If messages are sent/rcv'd on iPhone they are not ...
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How to send a template message in iMessages on iOS?

I receive multiple questions a day on my iPhone and need to send the same reply to them. If my phone is on and open and I read the text, is there a way to send the same reply with out having to type ...
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Restored iPhone from iTunes backup - where's all the iMessage storage that was previously used?

iPhone 7 Plus running iOS 12.4.1. Device showed the following iMessage statistics under iPhone Storage: I took encrypted backup using iTunes on Windows, then restored that backup (also to 12.4.1). ...
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I don't get group texts with cellular data off

I have an iPhone 6 running iOS 12.4.1. I have a paltry data plan ($$$), so I've turned off iMessage in Settings -> Messages. iMessages show up in blue in Messages app; regular text messages show up ...
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Web/PC interface for iPhone text Messaging

There is a great web app at https://messages.android.com that syncs with an Android phone's SMS/messaging to allow texting from the computer. (This is great for those of us who type faster than we ...
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iPhone not vibrating when Messages notifications is disabled on Mac

When I turn off notifications for Messages on macOS, I don’t get a vibration or sound from my iPhone on incoming texts when I’m using my Mac at the same time. It still delivers them silently there, ...
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iMessage badge count not showing up on my iPhone

On my iPhone 6s the iMessage count (on the Messages app icon) is no longer showing up? I checked Settings > Notifications > Messages and it is showing active. Can someone tell me what I need to do ...
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Prune Apple Messages Chat

My Apple Messages has way, way too many people in it. I'd like to remove the chat sessions that have been dead for more than 6 months. It seems that I should be able to do this by deleting records ...
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Reduce the size of photo sent with Messages.app on iPhone

When using Apple’s Mail.app, a mail message offers a pop-up menu to reduce the size of an enclosed image. ➥ How can I do the same when shooting and sending photos from within Messages.app on an ...
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How can I copy part of an iMessage message? - What prevents Apple and Google from offering this functionality?

Starting from iOS 10, Apple changed1 the "tap and hold" gesture in Messages so that you cannot select just a couple of words from the messages to copy. And, as far as I know, Google did the same ...
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How do I block SMS text spam?

I open my Mac's message app (I also get the text on my iPhone, iPad, & Apple Watch), and wish to add this caller to my "blocked" contact, but don't see how to do this. Some of my SMS text spam ...
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Send “Here I am now” location report in a Messages.app thread on a Mac

In iOS, we can send our current location as a message within a discussion thread on Messages.app. ➥ Can this be done in Messages.app on a Mac in Mojave or Catalina? I am not asking about people ...
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iPhone 'My Number' is missing in the settings app - can I get it reinstated?

My number tab is not showing any number and it's blank. I am unable to tap on it to input the number myself. Hence, iMessage and Facetime can not be accessed using my phone number. How can I get my ...
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Endless “enter verification code” loop on old iPad for iMessage and FaceTime signin

I (well, my kid) has an old iPad with iOS8 on it. His Apple id has 2FA turned on (he also has an iPhone 5S). Recently we changed his password and now (understandably) iMessage and FaceTime no longer ...
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Big emojis in built-in messages app on Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.6

Is there any way to show big emojis when sending 3 or fewer emojis in built-in messages app on Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, like on iOS 12 and macOS Sierra and higher ?
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How do I report spam that appeared in Messages on my iPhone? - In particular, the kind marked, “Text Message”

How do I report this spam that appeared in Messages on my iPhone? My carrier is AT&T. As I understand it, we can tell from the screen shot (because of the "Text Message") that my carrier delivered ...
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iOS 12.2 unknown words can be dragged around, but why?

By accident I've discovered the following: I open the messages app and write some text in the message area I write a word that the phone doesn't have in its dictionary and it gets a red dotted ...
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I don’t get a notification when I get a new text message (iPhone 5, iOS 12)

For some time now I have not been receiving notifications when getting a text message on my iPhone. Notifications for all other apps work fine, and I have checked that notifications for messages are ...
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Iphone not showing delivered message but imessages on my mac shows delivered message. Which is it?

I sent a message from my iphone and it is not showing any type of delivered notification. When I get on imessages on my mac, the same message shows as delivered. Trying to figure out if it was ...
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How can I know that iMessage is active?

If I see such keyboard (please, take a look on the image below), am I right with that: iMessage is active?
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Only Messages not restoring on new iPhone (DEP device)

In my firm we enroll iPhones via our DEP programme, and manage them through a MDM server. Our colleagues receive a pre-configured iPhone, but they are allowed to use a personal iCloud account to ...
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View only unread messages in macOS Messages

Is there any way to view only unread messages in Messages.app in macOS? The behavior I'd like is basically the same behavior as a Mail.app smart mailbox showing on unread emails. The volume of texts ...
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Click to Chat URL for WhatsApp not opening the WhatsApp app on iPhone

When SMS with shortened Click to Chat URL for WhatsApp is received on the iPhone, clicking it leads me to the App Store instead of opening chat in WhatsApp, despite WhatsApp being installed on the ...
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Copy entire chat in Messages in macOS Mojave

I'm trying to copy and paste a chat from Messages.app into an email (macOS Mojave 10.14.5, Messages 12.0 (5500)). When I go into Messages and select all using command+A, the entire conversation is ...
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iPad: Sending iMessage messages from e-mail [duplicate]

When I send message on iMessage, it’s sent from my e-mail, which I am logged in iCloud with i.e. my Apple ID, not my phone number. In Settings → Messages → Send and Receive(?), is not my number, just ...
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Transferring Messages from old Mac to new Mac

I have a new Mac and I didn't use the Migration Assistant to move my data. I want to now transfer my old messages from my old Mac to my new Mac. It appears all the old messages are in buried in the ...
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Will “Auto Delete Old Conversions” delete my messages from all of my devices if using iCloud?

My wife's iPad is constantly out of space. Most of the space is used up by Messages, where her iPhone Messages sync with iCloud, and her iPad sync with iCloud, and thus, she copies all those large ...
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How to keep all attachments downloaded all the time in Messages app?

I am using Messages app in iOS 12 and also forwarding them on to my Mac running macOS Mojave 10.14.5. I exchange photos with my friend and we discuss edits etc., sometimes on very old ones. When I go ...
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iMessage workflow for incoming texts from someone?

Are there any ways to start any sort of workflow based on incoming iMessage texts? When I'm at work, I usually have my iPhone on silent mode. But when my wife texts me, I'd like to figure out some ...
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Messages: Online status or Last seen time

Is there any method for me to know if a user registered with Messages is currently online? Or, is it possible for me to determine when they were last seen? If not is there a way to find out using ...
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I can’t remove my old phone number from iMessage or FaceTime

I had an old phone number on my iPhone 8 carrier free. I recently switched to another carrier but I cannot use my new phone number to activate iMessage. Furthermore, I cannot remove my old phone ...
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Sending iMessage that supposably does not get delivered

My niece has an iPhone 8 which is acting up. When she sends an iMessage to another user, the message gets sent and received. She however does not see a status (i.e. delivered or read). Instead, after ...
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Block unwanted Gmail Texts

Yesterday a person texted my phone through a Gmail account and I thought it was just an accident or a bot or something. I reported it as junk and it deleted their initial “Hi.” But since then they’ve ...