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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Mac OS Message App Badge - “mark as read” shortcut?

Is there a way to remove the red Mac OS Message app badge without having to open the app and click on the message? I've looked through settings, preferences, etc... but the only thing I found is the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 can I ensure or force a message I'm composing to go via SMS on my iPhone 6 in iOS 12? [duplicate]

In answers to When does Messages message via iMessage vs. SMS? I learned that if a contact is set up such that they have received iMessages from me, there still may be a way to force a new message I'm ...
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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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Viewing Text Message Histories on Windows PC

I have an iPhone 6s, and there are some very, very, long text message conversations on there that I'd like to be able to read through on my PC for the sake of convenience. I've already backed up my ...
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iMessage from computer not syncing with iPhone , not being sent

I have the latest iOS on an iPhone SE and macOS Mojave on a desktop computer with Airdrop and everything (not that latter matters). However, SMS messages sent to my iPhone do not popup and now I am ...
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Why does the Character Count when composing a new message from within Messages change depending on the context of how the new message was started?

This assumes that both Smart Punctuation and Character Count have been enabled from within settings. From the Messages app, navigate to an existing thread with a non-iMessage contact (i.e. somebody ...
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How to best untangle messages on multiple apple devices?

Recently I’ve purchased a used MacBook Pro. Clean wipe, started with Mojave then moved to Catalina. The ‘Messages’ app wasn’t working at first. But I think I solved that by logging out of iCloud and ...
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What does Delivered notation mean in messages? [duplicate]

Most of the time I don’t get a “delivered” notation and I’m texting back and forth with a friend in real time. So not having the delivered note obviously doesn’t mean it wasn’t delivered. I don’t ...
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How to disable predictive text on Mac OS Catalina on iMessages

How to disable predictive text on Mac OS Catalina? I don't have it on many places, but on iMessages it is always popping up and screwing with my writing. I have everything regarding autocorrect ...
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Messages app is popping up an emoji options when I try to copy the message

I have tried a number of times to highlight a Messages App message on Macos to be able to copy it into the clipboard. Instead it continually pops up an emoji box: Can that popup be disabled so I can ...
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Cannot add accounts to messages on Mac

on my MacBook Pro Mid 2015 Version 10.14.6 I cannot add any other account (Jabber, G-Chat/Hangouts etc,) to messages. Can you still add third party accounts to messages? I tried to add it over ...
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How does a message look on an Android phone?

I have an iPhone but no Android phone. When I send a message to a friends Android phone, I am always nervous that I use some function that is not supported. Is there somewhere online where I can see ...
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Message effects no longer work on my iPhone

So I’m not sure if this is due to iOS 13.2 or not because I’ve only just realized that I’m not getting message effects, those bubble messages or the balloons, pew pew lasers people can send you and ...
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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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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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