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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 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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Is Hide My Email really a replacement for a normal account?

I was thinking about Hide My Email as a replacement for a normal e-mail account. However I'm not sure anymore. Tried to create an account on www.interactivebrokers.com and looks like the confirmation ...
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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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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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Syncing messages, calendar via iCloud between restored iPhone to one migrated using Move to iOS

For many years I used iPhone, but then tried to use Android. I'm now back on an iPhone. On the new iPhone I restored it with the last backup from my old iPhone. All is good. I used "Move to iOS&...
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Does the preference in Messages > "Keep messages" affect whats stored in iCloud or only whats local on the Mac

In the macOS messages app, there is an option called "Keep messages" that allows you to change the duration for which messages are kept. What is unclear to me is: does this affect my ...
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Automatically save iMessages on MacBook as soon as they are sent or received on iPhone?

I sometimes have to delete an iMessage text thread on my iPhone pretty much immediately after replying to it. I have iMessage "enabled from iCloud" on my Mac and text forwarding from my ...
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Done downloading iMessages from iCloud but recent ones are missing

I opened Messages on my MacBook Pro and clicked "Enable Messages in iCloud". It said "downloading" (or something along those lines) for a good 10-15 minutes and then stopped, ...
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Messages not showing up in "Apps on this Mac using iCloud"

On my iPhone 6s the Messages has been enabled to be accessed via iCloud : Then I logged out of/back into my AppleId on the MacBook Pro with Big Sur. But the Messages still does not show up in Apps ...
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Client sent unsolicited image via iMessage. In disgust, I deleted it. Can I get it back?

So many paid applications are nearly guaranteeing results and the information I'm finding here is way out of date (2015, 2014, etc.). My Messages are backed up to iCloud. I don't want to erase my ...
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Can MacOs Apple ID and iMessage app Apple ID be different?

If my Mac is not signed in to iCloud and I sign in to iMessage (left), does that only sign in to iMessage, or does it also set the Apple ID for MacOs and sign the whole machine into iCloud (right)? ...
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Deleting messages from icloud except for those stored on iphone

I have synced my phone's messages with icloud. A few months ago I hit the storage limit of 5GB and the messages stopped being uploaded to icloud. When I got a mac, it downloaded my messages from ...
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Is there a spec on how iMessage in the Cloud allocates use on devices?

I read that iMessage doesn't do "space saving" like iCloud Photos. I have 75GB of messages in iCloud, I see 25GB on my 500GB Mac and 11GB on my 64GB iPhone. How is this use determined, how ...
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Are messages included in iCloud System backup if iCloud Messages is disabled?

With iCloud Backup, there are two ways data is stored: Apps Using iCloud and Backups. The Backups portion is the equivalent of a full backup performed iTunes. Apps Using iCloud is app data written to ...
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My contacts in Messages are not syncing on my new Mac

I just got a new Mac and my contacts are not syncing in messages. I have turned off/on contacts sync on both the new Mac and my iPhone multiple times, but the issue persists. Please note, not all my ...
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Messages sent to which number if iCloud message turned on

I have two phones with different phone numbers (A&B) and I turned on iCloud messages and Text Message Forwarding. When a message is sent to number A or B, both phones received it. For example, ...
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Why are “Messages in iCloud” still taking up storage on my Mac if they’re supposed to be in the Cloud?

I have all of my messages stored in iCloud, but for some reason they’re still taking up SSD storage on my Mac. This behavior doesn’t happen on my iPhone, but it does on my Mac and I’m not sure why. If ...
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Deleted SMSs do not sync between Mac and iPhone

I have configured Messages app on my Mac. Any SMS that I receive on iPhone is synced on my Mac. If read the SMS from iPhone it is marked as read on Mac and vice-versa. But if I delete any SMS from ...
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Messages not sending on MacBook Pro

When using ichat or iMessage on my MacBook Pro, suddenly a couple of contacts are not receiving my texts. Also, I don't get a notification as to the status of the text, whether it has or has not been ...
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Why don't I see a Messages icon in iCloud.com?

I have my Messages on my iPhone and MacBook backed up to iCloud. I accidentally deleted a convo on my phone and wanted to retrieve it. When I logged into iCloud.com I don't see an icon for Message. ...
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Mojave's changes to application states

Before I upgraded to Mojave, there were two Apple applications that remained open after I would close them. Now, their behavior has changed quite a bit. The applications are Mail and Messages. Until ...
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How to export all Digital Touch sketches from Messages?

Over last couple years, my girlfriend sent me hundreds of her little pieces of the art, that she made using Digital Touch. I tap “save” every time I get one from her. Now I would like to export all of ...
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can I restore my SMS messages without iCloud?

I sold my iPhone 7, I don't have iCloud backups nor set it to save messages to iCloud. I wonder if I can have them restored to a new iPhone or Android phone, are they saved by the carrier? (carrier ...
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iMessage iCloud - Time Machine Restore

I was trying to free up space on my iPad and accidentally hit delete iMessage history after 1 year in iMessage- thinking it would just affect the iPad. Since I had iMessage in iCloud enabled it ...
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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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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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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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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 access iCloud file invitation

An iCloud file was shared with my apple id and a friend's apple id. However, we're both new to iCloud and neither of us have been able to access the file. The file was definitely shared: the person ...
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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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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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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 do I get my MacBook to stop sending iMessages to non-Apple devices?

This behavior just started randomly today, with no discernible connection to an iOS update. Though it was around the time I began to sync my iMessages to the cloud. Using my MacBook iMessage, which ...
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How to access iPhone text messages without iPhone?

Is there any way to access my iPhone text messages on my PC without using my iPhone? Otherwise, is there any way to have a second copy of my iPhone text messages sent to my gmail?
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iCloud policy for counting the storage Photos uses

I’m getting ready to delete some old photos to free up iCloud storage space. I have shared some of these photos in iCloud Shared Albums. If I delete one from my own photos, but not from the shared ...
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Mail.app: Moving messages out of IMAP accounts to local folders without keeping a copy in the Archive

I have my Mail.app set up with multiple email accounts (from different providers). For each of these accounts, I would like to make sure that when I drag an email out of the respective inbox into a ...
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Messages in iCloud not exhibiting expected behavior

So I have Messages in iCloud enabled on my iMac - High Sierra, 10.13.6. My iPhone - version 12.2 and iPad - version 12.1.4. The issue id like to solve is this - on the iPhone an iPad when I delete a ...
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Is it possible to only store messages for 30 days in iCloud?

My iPhone, iPad, and MacBook all have the Keep Messages setting on 30 days. When I turn on iCloud for Messages though, it changes to Forever and my iCloud storage fills up (I only have 5 GB). I can ...
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"Sign In to iMessage" popup randomly

I get a random popup from an unknown program asking for my password. What is this? how do I stop it. It doesn't show in the doc. Macs don't even have iMessage so this makes zero sense. I don't have an ...
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How to restore messages when Messages in iCloud is enabled?

How can I restore deleted messages when Messages in iCloud is enabled? Historically one would just restore the iPhone to an earlier iCloud Backup however I have attempted to do that but since ...
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I sold my old iPhone and it says “offline” will texts messages still show up in it?

I sold my old iPhone to my boyfriends ex girlfriend, I think I went in settings and reset all content and settings. Will my old texts still be on it? And could it still be receiving my text and ...
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If you've enabled Messages in iCloud on iOS, are the messages still on the device and backed up when the device is backed up?

On my iOS 11.x device I've enabled iMessages in iCloud. When I back up my device locally via iTunes, are my iMessages still included in that backup?
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When does Messages in iCloud actually sync?

I just updated my iPhone 6s to the latest iOS version and turned on Messages in iCloud (Settings → my name → iCloud → turn on Messages). However I don’t think anything got uploaded to iCloud, per the ...
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Messages in iCloud Won’t Delete from macOS

If I delete a message from Messages on my iPhone or iPad connected to Messages in iCloud, it gets deleted from all my other devices. However if I do the same from my Mac also connected to Messages in ...
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Where are Messages now stored when you enable iCloud sync?

There is a new cloud messages option for iCloud users. After Updating to macOS 10.13.5 and iOS 11.4 and checked all the boxes to get Message to sync across all devices and computers. When you do so, ...
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Messages in iCloud behaviour

I have 3 devices, on the MacBook, I have messages preference set to "keep forever", on the iPhone , I have it set to "delete after 30 days", and I have an older iPad, so its not up to date. If I turn ...
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Messages in iCloud on some devices, mixed with old devices?

What is the behaviour if not all devices support Messages in iCloud? Do the supported devices sync to iCloud and the older devices continue to receive messages as normal, not synced?
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Messages in the Cloud with multiple Apple IDs

Background I use the same main Apple ID for iCloud across all the iOS devices (a couple iPhones and a couple iPads) in my household. However, for one of the iPhones, I use a different Apple ID for ...
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