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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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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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What is the Messages option in the "Apps Syncing to iCloud Drive" settings?

On MacBook, what's the difference between these two settings: Messages → Settings → iMessage → Enable Messages in iCloud MacBook System Settings → Your Name → iCloud → iCloud Drive → Options (Next ...
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Getting Messages even though it has been disabled for years

I just received a text in iMessage on my mac. This is quite surprising, as I haven't owned an iPhone since 2014, and I subsequently disabled iMessage on all the macs I have owned since. As can also be ...
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Phantom unread messages in iMessage

After a (generally) successful migration from an old MBP (2014, Big Sur) to a new M2 MBA, I have several unread messages indicated by the notification badge in the dock on the iMessage icon. I've ...
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What does iCloud sync do in Messages?

What does iCloud sync in Messages do? I'd have thought that it was a way of ensuring that messages on one of my devises appear on the others, but that's not how it works. For example if I have ...
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Backup/archive Messages in iCloud

I want a complete local backup of all my iMessages. There are several apps that allow you to backup iMessages, but only what already exists on a device, which is only be a subset of the complete set ...
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Why are some of my favorite sender’s list being sent into my junk and archive folders?

Most emails I’ve been receiving from my business partners are either ending up in my junk mail or archive folder. I email these individuals daily and they are on my favorites. Oddly, all of my emails ...
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messages not showing contact names on mac (google contacts)

I use google contacts on my iPhone and previous mac, but recently switched to a new mac. After linking the iCloud account to messages on mac, and adding google contacts to the internet accounts, I ...
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ICloud shows 3Gb messages, but top conversations shows 0kb

I can’t back up my iPhone. I’ve removed many of my videos and photos from my iPhone and from my messages, but iCloud shows the largest storage is messages - 3Gb. When I click on messages, however, top ...
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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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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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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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How do I use my iCloud email for texting?

It seems that with my computer, I can only send emails from my iCloud account, but I want to be able to text on my computer from my iCloud account. How do I do this?
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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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