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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How to share stuff to a group message in iOS?

In iOS/iPadOS, if I open a share sheet, for example this one in the IMDb app: I can select a recently used group chat (circled). However, if that group isn’t in the recent list and I just press on ...
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Will deleting a message prevent it from sending?

I accidentally sent a message to the wrong person on my iPad air 2, so I quickly turned off wifi on my iPad. The message didn't send yet, but it doesn't say the not delivered thing. The loading bar ...
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How can I force my iMac to use iMessage NOT SMS

My wife is travelling in the US and has her Australian iPhone (which is roaming) and a iPhone with a US SIM. I can iMessage her OK. I can also iMessage my daughter (in Australia). When I try to send ...
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Two different notification settings for one iMessage contact?

I have a problem with iMessage notifications from some contacts. If I turn off their notifications entirely, I'll miss some important messages. If I leave them on, I'll get bombarded with a dozen ...
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When I try to send a text on Mac, it highlights the message rather than sending it

When I try to text on Mac, and I hit the return button to send it, it will highlight the message instead of sending it (as if I wanted to copy the message). Does anybody know how to help with this?
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Persistent badge on Messages app icon in macOS High Sierra

The Messages app on my Mac is showing a persistent badge which isn't going away. The app icon is consistently showing a count of 3 which has remained intact despite doing the following: Exchanging ...
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Selectively delete Messages on macOS

Is is possible to selectively delete Messages on Catalina? I currently have Keep messages: "Forever" enabled. My daughter is a inveterate Messenger, and I want to keep some of her messages for ...
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Which macOS processes handle iMessage network communications?

I am trying to identify the macOS Catalina processes which handle network communication with Apple's iMessage servers. If you have iMessage enabled and quit the Messages app, incoming messages are ...
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Speak text doesn’t work in Messages app on iOS

On most apps on my iPhone (running iOS 13) when I select some text there’s an option to “Speak” the selected text which works fine. However in the Messages app when I long press on a message and ...
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How to re-open a conversation?

So I can close a conversation in Messages on my Mac and it handily disappears. I can't seem to figure out how to re-open that conversation manually (as opposed to getting a new message in that ...
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macOS High Sierra Messages, how can I find a closed conversation? [duplicate]

I have some conversations in Messages.app that I have previously closed. I would like to find one of them again. These were not deleted, merely closed. How can I get them back once again?
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How to rewind/fast-forward audio messages in iOS

Is it just me or is there really no way to rewind or fast-forward audio messages received with the Messages app (iMessage)? I have iOS 13 on my iPhone.
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Auto Reply to incoming calls by message using Shortcuts app

Is it possible to reply incoming calls by A fixed message (say: Call you later ) automatically using Shortcuts app ? Like Do not disturb for incoming messages in iOS 13.
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Videos in Messages chats look terrible on iPhone 11 Pro

I seem to be having an issue with my iPhone 11 Pro. Videos sent from my Mac to iMessage chats look like garbage (tiny, really low-rezzed down, pixellated when viewed) on my phone. Videos sent from my ...
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Don't see the option to select my mobile number in 'Send & Receive' option of iMessage [iOS 13.3 iPhone 11]

I recently got a new iPhone 11 and have inserted the sim as part of the setup. Whenever I send text messages to a person, they see my email ID instead of my phone number. I went to Settings > ...
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In Messages.app, is it possible to check which number a message will be sent to in a message thread with a contact that has multiple numbers?

Assume the following: You create a new contact (let's call them "Person A"), and add two separate numbers for them - a "Home" and a "Work" phone number You send a message to Contact A's Home number ...
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How would you go about sending a message to a new number for an existing contact from within Messages.app when a message thread is already ongoing?

Assume the following: You create a new contact (let's name them "Person A"), and then add two separate numbers for them - a "Home" and a "Work" phone number From within their contact card, you then ...
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Which phone number will Messages.app use when replying to a conversation with a contact that has multiple numbers associated with their contact card?

Assume the following: You create a new contact (let's name them "Person A"), and add two separate numbers for them - a "Home" and a "Work" phone number You then send them a message to their Home ...
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Which version of iOS causes Messages.app to combine message threads with a single contact with multiple different phone numbers into one?

Assume the following: You add a contact (let's refer to them as "Person A") to your iPhone and add two separate numbers for them - one entry labeled "Home", and the other as "Work" You open Messages....
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Catalina Messages app: run applescript on receive new message & when the message is read?

Are applescripts for Messages still saved in /Library/Application Scripts/com.apple.iChat? That seems like an odd location, but I didn't find a folder for com.apple.messages I tried saving this in ...
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How to limit messages from a certain sender on an iPhone?

I want to limit the messages from a certain sender to 5 per day for example. I don't want to blacklist the sender because I sometimes need to coordinate. For reasons outside the scope of this question,...
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iPhone 11 no text notification for my fiance

For the past two or three days whenever my fiancé sends me a text, I won’t get a notification or anything. I’ve checked my Do not Disturb settings and the Alerts tab on her messages and I can not ...
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Hangouts messages on High Sierra

It seems like I cannot send messages on Google Hangouts via Messages after upgrading to High Sierra. I still receive the messages because I'm authenticated. Is there any hope to keep writing in ...
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Why does Messages app show incorrect dates?

I am using the Messages app on macOS High Sierra. Here is a message that I just received (Jan 9, 2020 at 9:29 AM) and it shows up fine on my iPhone. But on the mac it shows up as having been ...
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Calls and messages won't come through when screen is locked iPhone SE

I've been having this issue for a while now and even the newest iOS didn't seem to solve it: The problem is that sometimes I just won't receive calls and/or messages. I figured it happens completely ...
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Messages backup take too much space than it should in iCloud

I have been using this device just for two weeks. It contains some conversations in messages. But only two of them contains media files, others are came from service providers and others. Those ...
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messages stopped working on my iMac computer

I have an old iMac running High Sierra. I use the Messages app often throughout the day. Today I received my new iPhone 11 Pro. My phone is set up and seems to be working fine. But on my iMac, my ...
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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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What words trigger the screen effects in iMessage?

The recent update iMessage on iOS causes certain words to trigger screen effects. Also, there is a way to long-press on the send button, and bring up an interface for adding these effects. I've ...
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Shortcut for file transfer window in Messages

When trying to send copy-pasted pictures from Photos in macOS 10.14 (currently 10.14.6 but this goes way back) in Messages, files not getting transfered (these pics are labeled something like ...
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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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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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Messages and FaceTime stuck with temporary number

I recently changed my provider and got a new phone number, temporarily, while my old provider transferred it. During that brief period of about 48 hours, my Apple Account, Messages and FaceTime picked ...
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iOS Messages not repeating alert notifications

I'm using an iPhone 11 on iOS 13.0. When I receive a text message, my iPhone doesn't repeat the notification alert, despite the Repeat Alerts option being set to Once. These are my configurations ...
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Running AppleScript without activating the window

I have a python script to read from Messages database and forward some specific new messages to specific contacts. It works but the AppleScript below to send message is making Messages.app appear. I ...
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Messages brings macOS to its knees with soagent and callservicesd

When I launch Messages on macOS and attempt to do anything at all with it (or even, it seems, if I just wait a while until a message is received) the two processes soagent and callservicesd start ...
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Text Message Forwarding code not showing up

My Mac Mini, running El Capitan, and my iPhone 6 Plus are both on the same WiFi network, however when I select the Mac Mini in the Text Message Forwarding settings, it does not send a code to my Mac ...
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Person keeps coming back into group conversation

This person keeps hacking into my iMessage group conversations and it's really starting to get annoying. Every time I remove him from our conversation, he joins back in and is unkickable. I believe he ...
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What does it mean when an iMessage doesn't say “Delivered” nor “Not Delivered”?

I sent an iMessage to a friend, and at the bottom it doesn't say "Delivered" as it usually does. It doesn't say "Not Delivered" either, it just doesn't say anything at all. What does it mean when an ...
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iOS 12.3.2 Messages.app still associates a deleted/obsolete phone # with a Contact.app entry: how to fix?

How do I fix #4 in the scenario below? Details Day 1: Contacts.app entry X contains both mobile-phone numbers A and B. Day 2: Contacts.app entry X contains only mobile-phone number A. Also on Day ...
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Not able to send regular sms instead of iMessage

I tried everything. Restarting iPhone, removing dialog and send again, disabling iMessage, reset network setting. Nothing helps. Any another idea? My operator is Vodafone, and it supports SMS. It has ...
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How do I send text messages (NOT iMessages) from my Mac?

I recently bought my first Mac, after having been impressed with my iPhone 7 Plus for the past year. On my iPhone I can send both iMessages and text messages by switching on the "Send as SMS" option ...
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How to use iMessages without giving out phone number?

I want students to text me at iCloud and I want to receive the messages on my iPhone and reply to them by iCloud. In essence, I don’t want them to have my personal phone number.
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How do I temporarily disable or mute Messages (iMessage) on OS X?

I use Apple's iMessage across several devices, including my (OS X Lion) Mac, using the recent Messages beta. However, the application has some undesired behaviour. When I quit Messages, it will ...
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Friend with Android phone and Mac computer defaults to iMessage in Messages

I have a friend who uses an Android mobile phone and also a Mac. My iPhone contact page for him shows a FaceTime icon which I suppose is correct because it would go to the Mac when available but if I ...
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Text box not appearing in a Messages conversation

I have a recurring problem in Messages on my Mac where, in one group conversation in particular, the text box occasionally disappears. Instead of having a text box at the bottom of the screen I can ...
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How to get iMessages to sync across an iPhone, iPad and Mac automatically?

One of the new features of Mountain Lion is the fact that one can sync iMessages across iOS and OSX devices. I would really like to have a thread that I start on my iPhone automatically sync to my ...
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Force Messages to use SMS for specific contact rather than iMessage?

Essentially, I would like to set my phone so that all my outgoing messages to a specific friend, with whom I currently text back and forth over iMessage, are sent out over SMS, never iMessage. ...
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When does Messages message via iMessage vs. SMS?

This is probably an embarrassingly noobish question. I sent a standard SMS text message from my iPhone 6 to a colleague's iPhone, who mentioned that my message was green and not blue, and that meant ...
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How to disable iMessage on a broken iPhone?

How can I disable iMessage for a phone number if the iPhone it's attached to has been destroyed? My sister dropped her iPhone in the bath, so she is now using an older non-Apple phone. Whenever I send ...

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