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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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Messages is unusable due to unresponsiveness!

Messages on High Sierra has become increasingly unusable for me. I get frequent (every dozen words or so, at least once per message) long (5-20s) lags when typing — which seem to occur most often when ...
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How do I accept the “Maybe:” contact suggestion in Messages?

Siri has correctly identified a few contacts who have texted me. Is there anyway to accept the suggestion rather than have to manually type in their names?
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How to tell which email/phone number an iMessage was sent from

I've got a few addresses that I can be reached at, one phone number and two email addresses. I know which address new conversations are started from, but how can I tell which of my phone number/emails ...
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Unify iMessage threads for the same contact

In Messages.app, if a user sends you an iMessage from their phone number, it'll start a thread that's tied to their phone number, and not their identity as a contact. Subsequently, if you start an ...
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Messages wont open: the Messages database is being updated

Recently on my new macbook when I try to open up the messages app it won't let me open it and gives me the error: Messages is updating... The Messages database is being upgraded, please wait while ...
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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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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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Bash script detect received iMessage along with its contents?

I've been doing some searching around online for an answer to this question and can't seem to find one. My aim is to run a bash script which waits for the arrival of an iMessage from a specific ...
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Migrating iMessages to new MacBook Pro

I'm trying to migrate my old messages from my old MacBook Pro to a new one I just bought. I tried copying over the old Messages folder, including chat.db, chat.db-shm, and chat.db-wal. I then ...
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Activation of iMessage and FaceTime fails (error during activation)

Trying to activate iMessage and FaceTime on my MBP (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015; macOS 10.13.3) keeps returning "An error occurred during activation. Try again." I have gone through the suggestions ...
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Why aren't my text notifications working?

I have an iPhone 6S (with iOS 11) which is working fine except for the fact that I no longer receive any push notifications whenever I receive a new text message - no sound either. All I see is a ...
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How to get rid of the App Drawer/App Store button in Messages?

I recently updated my phone to iOS 11 and I find the new "App Drawer" at the bottom of my messages to be annoying. I saw on gadgethacks.com that if you click on the App Store button it hides the App ...
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Messages on Mac. How to keep audio messages from expiring?

On iOS, under Settings > Messages there is a section called Audio Messages and you can select the length of time before expiry. I have always had it as "Never". On Mac however, it seems that I have ...
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Transferring macOS Messaage app conversation history to new iPhone (w/o backup)

Short question: I just bought a new iPhone and am can't figure out how to transfer my message history onto the new device from Messages.app on my Mac. Long story: My old iPhone had something ...
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Can Siri be set to read characters?

So my iPhone 5 digitizer broke, and since I have an upgrade coming up soon, I'm trying to do without a working phone until i can get the new 6. My problem is, however, that I have some websites I need ...
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Set iMessage sender in applescript for a new message

Applescript allows you to send messages via iMessage and the command line, ie) https://stackoverflow.com/questions/11812184/how-to-send-an-imessage-text-with-applescript-only-in-provided-service Is ...
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iMessage Pidgin plugin

Is it possible to use your iMessage to contact other people on Linux, Android or Windows systems? Maybe via another XMPP client (Adium or Pidgin ...)? What would I have to tell friends on Linux, ...
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Detecting typing in Messeges app using applescript?

In the new Messages app, which replaced iChat, you can see when another person is typing: And i've been scripting around the messages app and was wondering if there was any way to detect when the ...
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Sending images/attachments via Google Chat in Messages app

Is it possible to send images or other attachments in the Messages desktop app (OS X) when talking to someone on Google Chat (Jabber)? I have tried sending files but they never receive them.
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Messages.app not displaying messages sent while offline

Every once in a while, I will get signed out of Messages (which I use to interface with my Google Talk account) due to connectivity issues. If this happens when I am having a conversation with someone,...
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How to chat with multiple Apple ID's?

I have two Apple ID's to have Messages chat sessions for work and private separated. Is it possible to use these both at the same time, on my Mac, at home? Now, I can only login with one Apple ID at ...
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Load text messages on new phone

My personal phone is iPhone 5. Boss bought me a new company phone, iPhone 7. And it syncs with Microsoft Exchange server for email, etc. Before I got this new phone, I used my old one for work, ...
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Problems with Group SMS

I have an iPhone 4S. Whenever I try to send a group message to people who have iMessage and people who don't, I either get replies from 1 person but I recieve it as an individual text message or I don'...
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Deleting Message cache

Trying to delete all SMS and iMessage cache. Other forums and research indicates a SYNC will do this. Have tried, but old messages keep showing up in Spotlight search. I want them deleted for good. ...
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iMessage off and on on computer

I keep my iPhone on airplane mode nearly all day. I usually text via iMessage with the Messages app on my mac. I was wondering if there was any way I can turn off iMessage on my computer and then turn ...
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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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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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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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iMessages on macOS showing showing prior sent message in the text field

Sometimes when I open iMessages on my MacBook I'll find that a previously sent message is still in the text field as though I haven't sent it. It's inconsistent, I don't know how to reproduce it. I'm ...
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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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AppleScript to clean spam in Messages

I get a lot of spam in my iMessage, such gamble, sex etc. On my iPhone, it can be filtered into a separate column. But on my Mac, there is no way to filter messages from unknown senders, which is ...
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iMessage notifications not appearing for a contact (Hide Alerts is not enabled)

I am not getting notifications for text messages sent by one of my contacts. I have not enabled Hide Alerts for them. What else do I need to do to ensure I get notifications?
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Is there a way to suppress notifications for “Tapbacks”?

Is there a way to suppress notifications for Messages "Tapbacks", without surpassing other Messages notifications? I'd like to continue receiving notifications for messages as I currently have them ...
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iMessages show not delivered on mac, but show as delivered on the same thread in my iphone

I've tried deleting the messages cache (if that's what it's called. The history through the library). It fixed the problem temporarily, but it started doing this again.
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Contact mobile number not shown in Messages

When I type a Contact’s name in Messages in iPhone, the mobile number isn't listed but email address is. I have to tap the + button and find it in my Contact list. What is causing this issue? How do ...
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Messages in iCloud Option Unavailable on Mac

I'm running macOS 10.13.5 and am trying to enable Messages in iCloud on Mac. I went to https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208532 and completed the "Before you begin", "Turn on Messages on iCloud" and "...
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Is there any alternative to the now-missing “AppleScript handler” option in Messages that allows playing custom sounds depending on sender?

In the Messages app, starting with the MacOS 10.13.4 upgrade Apple has removed the "AppleScript handler" option, which I had formerly used to play custom notification sounds when new messages were ...
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Why do messages not get collapsed into a single chat?

This is so annoying, and so baffling, that I feel compelled to ask about it here. I have an iPhone and a mac, my wife has an iPhone and a mac. Her iPhone is set to start all conversations from her ...
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No longer able to send message from iPhone to work email on Outlook 2016 but can send to others at the company

I was able to send messages, or photos from my iPhone 7 to my work email address (Work email uses Outlook 2016 on Microsoft Exchange). I am no longer able to. But I can send to anyone else in the ...
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How can I have Messages show chat history from other devices?

I have Google Hangouts enabled on my Messages application. I can send and receive Hangouts messages fine, but if I pickup the conversation on my phone for a while and then return back to my computer, ...
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Does iMessage have BCC?

Does iMessage have the ability to send a message as a BCC (blind carbon copy) to a group, like email services do (Gmail and Apple Mail)? Sometimes I have a message that I want many people to receive ...
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How can I reset the default message replies on Messages for WatchOS

I am messaging friends in multiple languages. The default replies in the Messages app on my Apple Watch were clever enough to be displayed in the according language of the chat depending on what ...
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How do I change the default mapping for Emoji Text Replacement in Messages on OSX?

I like that Messages uses text replacement to change :) into an emoji. However, I hate the default mappings. I want to change the emoji that is mapped to those text replacement strings. For example, ...
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Possible to get Messages to open tel: links?

Links that use the tel: protocol open in FaceTime by default on Macs. If, like me, you prefer to text/iMessage rather than call, it would be nice to have them open in Messages by default. I was able ...
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iMessage Clear History Without Rebooting

If I remove all chat.db files in ~/Library/Messages on my Mac, I have to restart the whole system, otherwise iMessage says "updating database..." without doing anything. I think this is because not ...
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How to synchronize threads in Messages on Mac and iPhone?

I actually receive iMessages on a Mac and an iPhone, and I could say that they are correctly synchronized on reception. Now from time to time, as everybody I have a huge volume of old iMessages to ...
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Continuity between 2 iPhones (of which 1 not connected to Cellular / without SIM)

I recently bought an iPhone 6S, but my trusty iPhone 5S is still in good condition so I figured I would keep it around for use at home. I'm currently using the iPhone 5S as "fixed line replacement" ...
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In Mac OS X El Capitan, is it still possible to change the color of the bubbles in Messages?

I have looked through Preferences, System Preferences, even looked at a couple of 3rd-party apps. I could find nothing of use. So is it still possible to change the color of chat bubbles (and text) ...
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Error 'The application “Messages” can’t be opened.' after clicking on notification.

Messages is open and working, but not the active application. I get a text, the top right hand notification comes in. I want to go to the Messages app so I click the notification and get this error. ...
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iMessage on iPhone 5s iOS 9.0.2 : Delivered isn't showing up on sent messages

In my iMessages that I send to other iMessage users the "delivered" text is not showing up after I press send, but the people who I sent it to say they received it and are able to respond. Also my ...