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.

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How does iMessage know that the recipient is an iOS 5 device?

When you send a message using the Messages app, iOS seems to magically figure out that the recipient is on iOS 5 and automatically switches over to iMessage (blue messages instead of green SMSs). ...
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Is there an iMessage client for Windows?

My wife's iPhone has iOS 5 and hence iMessage installed. I would like to be able to chat with her using my Windows computer. What options are available for this? Is there a Windows client or any ...
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Why does Messages on OSX always show unread messages?

On my iMac running Mountain Lion, Messages is chronically showing that I have 2 unread messages in its Dock icon. However there are no unread messages at all. I've even gone through and clicked on ...
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Can I reset Notification Centre badge counter for Messages?

The new Messages beta app (based on iChat) is stuck with one incoming message. Can I somehow reset the badge?
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How can I export SMS text messages from my iPhone?

When answering this question, please note if the solution is: For Windows and/or Mac OS X users The price of the solution If you have successfully—and actually—used the solution How can I export SMS ...
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Export iMessages in human readable form for archival

I have a long (several months' worth) iMessage conversation with a contact. He lost these messages when he re-installed his OS, but I still have the archive. There is some important information ...
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Why do some Unicode text messages crash the iPhone OS?

Recently a new "glitch" has surfaced over the Internet over the last few weeks where if an iPhone user is sent: effective.  Power لُلُصّبُلُلصّبُررً ॣ ॣh ॣ ॣ 冗 via iMessage it ...
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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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How to insert new line on return key press in iMessage on Mac OSX

Does anyone know if it is possible in iMessage on Mac OSX to set the return key to go to the next line instead of sending the message?
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Messages on Mac displaying “Not Delivered” but message is being delivered

I've tried logging out and back into my Apple ID account on my Mac, but some (not all) messages are showing the red exclamation point and "Not Delivered", but when I go to the same thread on my phone ...
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Stop iMessages from coming to my Mac

When I send messages from my iPhone (A) to another iPhone (B), the responses from B keep coming to my Mac and do not appear on my phone (A), even when I have iMessages closed. This is maddening. How ...
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How to transfer entire iMessage conversations to computer? [duplicate]

I am getting a new iPhone come next month. I want to save all of my nostalgic conversations for the future. Is there a way to transfer an entire chat log to the computer in plain text? Or will I ...
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How can I convert .ichat logs to text files?

How do you convert the iChat transcript files that Messages creates into human-readable text files that can be opened without the Messages app? For reference, these are the conversation files located ...
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How to disable smart quotes

[OS X 10.9.3 (Mavericks)] I've disabled smart quotes in the keyboard settings, but whenever I type ' or " in Messages (old name: iChat), they get converted to ‘ and “. How do I disable this default ...
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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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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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Can someone who registered my iPhone read all my text messages?

My ex-husband registered my iPhone and I have found out he has been using iCloud to check up on my every move (the iPhone he got me is connected to his iCloud account). Will he have been able to read ...
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How can I force Mountain Lion's Messages app to refresh a conversation?

Sometimes when an iMessage comes in and I switch to the Messages app, the conversation doesn't contain the new message. I know the message was received because an alert banner popped up with the ...
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How to use plain text smileys (disable automatic emoji substitution) in Messages.app?

How to use plain text smileys (disable automatic emoji substitution) in Messages.app? In OS X 10.8 there was a setting for this in the app’s Preferences pane, but in OS X 10.9 that doesn’t seem to be ...
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iMessage stopped working.. Contacts are shown as red now

This problem has been seen on mid-2012 MacBook Pros on Mavericks and on late-2014 Retina MacBook Pros on Yosemite. One day while using iMessage on the Mac, all the contacts turned red and messages ...
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How to hide preview of text contents from Messages.app notifications in Mountain lion?

In Mountain Lion's Notification Centre, I don't like having a notification pop up with the contents of an iMessage text I just got, but I do want to have notifications about it happening. Is there a ...
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How to save chat logs in Messages for Mountain Lion?

I always used to save my Chat logs because I use IM in the professional environment. Now I find that I can’t save chat logs anymore. That option is gone. Is there any workaround or hidden preference ...
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How do you get iPhone to share contacts with Mac Messages app?

When I get a new text, it appears both in the Messages app on my iPhone and in the Messages app on my Mac. The iPhone text show the person's name, and the Mac text only shows the person's number. I ...
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List of emoji substitutions for Messages in Mac OS X

I use the Messages application a lot on my Mac Book Pro. It is lovely! Since most of my friends uses iMessage I could send messages directly to them on their phones. I use emojis a lot. I know some ...
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How do I disable iMessage for a contact who no longer has an iPhone

A friend had an iPhone and when I added her contact I set it her number as "iPhone". She's recently got an Android device but my iPhone keeps trying to iMessage her, needless to say she's not ...
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iPhone can send iMessages without a SIM card?

I gave my old iPhone 3GS (iOS 5.0) to a friend, and after removing the SIM card, we noticed a peculiar behavior. My friend is able to send texts via iMessage from the old phone number. Likewise, I can ...
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Bulk Download Pictures from Messages [duplicate]

So unbelievably I have never cleared my history in SMS/iMessages/Messages. Ostensibly, I should be able to scroll up and eventually see my first text message from my first gen iPhone. This is, ...
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Does deleting an iMessage on a device deletes it in all of the other iCloud synced devices?

If I have my iPad and my iPhone synced through iCloud and I can see that my text messages are being received/sent on both. If I send an iMessage on my iPad and immediately delete the entire text ...
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How to send an SMS in iOS 10

I just updated to iOS 10 and I want to send an SMS instead of an iMessage to a friend. In iOS 9 I could continuously touch an old message and press send as a text message (or something like that). Now ...
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How can I add missing avatar/profile pictures in Messages?

In the new Messages application introduced with Mountain Lion, I cannot see my own avatar. This is happening even though my Messages.app email is linked with my contact in Contacts.app. No Avatar ...
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iOS 9 iMessage notifications show sender's number, not name

After some annoying wifi problems with iOS 8.3, I tried out iOS 9 public beta 2 (now public beta 3) on my iPhone 5 (Edit: in the UK). When I receive a text message (iMessage/SMS), the lock screen/home ...
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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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Can I reload old iMessage conversations on a new device (iOS and OS X)?

When setting up a new iOS device or installing the Messages Beta on OS X, you can log in with your iMessage account to start receiving & sending messages with iMessage. One advantage of iMessage ...
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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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How do I send text messages to non-iPhone owners using the iMessage app on a Mac or the Messages app on an iPad?

TL;DR I was on ATT for years and could text iPhone and Android users with the iMessage app on my Macs and the Messages app on my iPad. I switched to T-Mobile (and ported over the same phone number) ...
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How can you send the same text to multiple people without it being a group message?

I want to send "Happy Thanksgiving!" to 35 different people, but I do not want it to be treated as a group message. How can this be accomplished on the iPhone 4S (with or without jailbreak ...
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How do I remove an iMessage account from OS X (Yosemite) Messages app?

I added my iMessage account to my work MacBook and now I want to remove the account, but Messages won't let me. I Signed Out of the account and deleted the message history, but now when I start ...
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My iPhone can't text friend's Android, but my wife's iPhone can

A friend of mine just switched from iPhone to Android. He can text me without any problem, but I can't text him at all. I have tried everything I can think of but no message will ever reach him. ...
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Messages.app on mac: search in history

i've a problem, i'm able to search for string in messages.app. It actually tells me all the matches for every conversation, the problem is that is shows only the last match, how can i go through all ...
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Is there an iMessage client for OS X?

Apple's new iMessage sends messages between accounts associated designated e-mail addresses (as well as certain phone numbers). Apple's iChat also sends messages between accounts associated designated ...
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How do I turn off drawing mode in iOS 10's Messages?

I want to turn off the little squiggle in the bottom right corner of the Messages keyboard (the one that activates drawing mode). How can I do this? Is there a setting? (I know the keyboard in the ...
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iCloud Keychain breaks login for iMessage and FaceTime

For about 6 months I have had problems with iCloud Keychain. Every time I login with my iCloud account on a new computer (e.g. a Mac Pro at work and a brand new MBP 15" with touch bar) iMessage, ...
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iMessage: How do I search for keywords in an individual message thread?

I have a 5-year conversation going on with my wife on iMessage. Every once in a while I want to find something like a restaurant she messaged me about. I want to search for the word "restaurant" and ...
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How do I force text messages to send and receive via iMessage?

When I chat with two of my friends (say A. and T.), our iPhones use text instead of iMessage. It used to work using iMessage, but one day, it switched to text. A, T and myself otherwise use iMessage ...
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The phone number “is not registered with iMessage”

Right now I can't seem to send some text messages from my OS X. Here is a list of things I have done that will have caused the error: I fresh installed Yosemite about 2 days ago I updated my iPhone ...
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How do I send someone a normal text if they also use iMessage?

My brother has a Windows Phone, and an iPad. Whenever I try to text him, it sends him an iMessage to his iPad, not a text message. Since he does not always have his iPad with him, he doesn't get my ...
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How do I use Messages with Google Hangouts on MacOS Mojave?

After upgrading to MacOS Mojave, Messages no longer allows me to sign in to Jabber / Google Talk. Previously, if the Jabber account was offline, it offered a dropdown to sign back in. Now, that ...
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How to completely disassociate iMessage from my device?

I have an older iPhone that I was thinking about selling soon in order to get a new one. I've set up iMessaging on the device. Normally I would just erase the phone a couple of times and be done with ...
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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 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 ...