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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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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Would enabling Messages in iCloud (on newer iOS) allow 2 iPhones with previously separate SMS, iMessages, Attachments to Sync up & get Unified?

Would enabling Messages in iCloud (on newer iOS e.g. 12.x) allow 2 iPhones (one i5 and one i6) with previously separate SMS, iMessages, Attachments to Sync up & have a unified copy/ history? Or ...
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How can I get Mac Messages to stay in sync while the Mac is asleep or off?

iOS 11.3, macOS Sierra At night after about 9PM, my iMac is either asleep or powered off. If during that time I receive any messages to my phone, they will not appear in the Mac message history when ...
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Spam on iMessage - What are my options?

A person unknown to me got hold of my Apple ID (email) which is registered with iMessage. While as I understand, there should be no harm in some stranger having access to my email address (apart from ...
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Can't delete text messages

I want to delete certain texts within a coversation on my Iphone 8+ version 12.1.2. I've rebooted my iphone and i am still only getting "copy" at the bottom of the screen instead of "more." I do I ...
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Why is IMRemoteURLConnectionAgent contacting a Charter IP address

I never use iMessage. I never use iCloud. And yet I happened to check my Mac's current network connections and I found this: IMRemoteURLConn 33557 me 7u IPv4 ... 0t0 TCP 192.168.1.198:57996-&...
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Messages on macOS has wrong phone number in group chat

I have a group text chat with some people – call them Alice, Bob, and Carol – and it got misconfigured. For some reason, the message is going to Alice's work phone number instead of her cell phone ...
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iPhone merged two contacts and their messages into one

My girlfriend had two contacts for me - one only an e-mail, and the other a phone number. We would mainly send iMessages to each other, but when she didn't have internet access, she would send a ...
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iPhone SE, can't start conversations from my email address

When I'm using iMessages I always prefer they be sent from my email address and not my phone number. For some reason now however, my phone will not allow me to select my email address to send ...
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How to automatically resend iMessage when Internet is accessible?

When using Messages, if I don't have an Internet access for some reason and the message does not send, I have to manually go back and resend any unsent message. Is there any way to do this like ...
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How to exchange simple text files with Messages, WhatsApp with any recipient

I often have to send simple text files to recipients working on Mac, iPhone, PC running Linux, Windows, mobile running Android. These files are slightly formatted (just tabs and returns) to be easily ...
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Old iMessages not transfered to newly setup iPhone

I just got a new iPhone and decided to start fresh and not restore it from an old backup (old one is cluttered with tons of apps I don't use anymore). Everything is working just fine except from ...
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Emergency Bypass for SMS message

I am involved in psychology study, where I am trying to set up a setting for one specific contact where, on Emergency Bypass, messages from the said contact will lead to a vibration notification. ...
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Emojis appear on some parts of apps but show as question mark in other parts

For example, on Messages.app, the sidebar with recent contact list displays Emojis but the message pane does not: In Safari, some Emojis appear on sites but not other sites. Furthermore, on sites ...
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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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Mac OS Mojave 10.14.2 - can't see Messages from iPhone

MacOS Mojave 10.14.2 was installed onto my MacBook Air (2015) a few days ago and now can't see Messages from my iPhone and can't send Messages from the MacBook. I can send and receive to/from iPhone ...
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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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Is there a way to disable a Messages account via command line?

I'd like to stop/start receiving SMS/iMessage via command line, to avoid having to go into system preferences. Is there a way I can manipulate settings for Messages to enable/disable an account?
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Will iMessage receiver on iPad see my iPhone number?

I have had an older iPad with no cellular but recently I got an iPhone as well. I would prefer people not seeing my phone number. If I message them from my iPad will they now be able to see my ...
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Unresponsive iMessages and FaceTime on Mojave

I have this issue with Messages, FaceTime when it gets unresponsive on start. Same issue was with Contacts, but following some recommendations on the web i've reset the Contacts database and it works ...
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How do I extract and combine messages from Time Machine backups of ~/Library/Messages?

I have many backups that contain versions of ~/Library/Messages. Each one contains 3 files and a directory similar to this: XYZ:Messages user$ tree -a -L 1 . ├── Attachments ├── chat....
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macOS High Sierra, Messages won't search at all

I just got a new 2018 Macbook Pro, so I'm in the process of migrating from my 2013 MBP to the new one. I don't trust the Migration Assistant due to numerous bad past experiences, so I do this kind of ...
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My iPhone show delivered for hours for a message, then shows read but read from hours before

I sent a message to a contact at 2:46 PM, and for hours it showed delivered. When I checked the message at 9 PM it shows it was read at 2:46 PM. I tried searching for the answer on Google with no ...
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Is iMessage open source?

My Google searches didn't turn up very many results on the subject. If it is open source, can someone link to the documentation?
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Can old deleted iMessage threads be restored setting up a new Apple device?

Just out of curiosity, was reading through old forums and came across this thread: Q: How long does apple keep messages in imessage? I've established iMessage on a new device, did not restore from ...
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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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Delete iMessage chat history from work MacBook

How do I delete all the iMessage chat history and logs from my work MacBook but still have them on my iPhone (they are synced). The Mac is running macOS Mojave 10.14.
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Can't send messages with iPad Pro

I am having trouble sending SMS messages using my iPad Pro. I can send a blue iMessage to another iPad user but that's it - no SMS. Friends I regularly text using my iphone or iMac can't be reached ...
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Removing Messages from iCloud (but not locally)

How do I remove my Messages from iCloud only? I want to keep them on my local devices (where I have plenty of space), but remove them from iCloud (where I'm low on space).
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Can I tell Messages to use a specific number for a contact?

I have a contact who has a cell phone number and a mac.com email address. When I use the Messages app to send him messages, he doesn't always receive the messages. (I've been using the app on macOS ...
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Can I avoid phishing messages using sender ID to fool me?

I've just received a phishing message on my iPhone that uses a fake sender ID of "Qantas". The message appears alongside legitimate messages coming from Qantas. The scam is described by Qantas on ...
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iPad Messages and FaceTime

I recently got a new phone and made a new Apple ID (which had my new phone number connected to it). I then logged into this new account onto my iPad, but then when I went to ‘send and receive’ in ...
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Transfer google contact photos to iCloud

I recently switched from an Android to an iPhone. In the Messages app, it only displays the contact's initials, rather than their picture. Is there a way to transfer these pictures from google into ...
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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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Messages and soagent making CPU spike - any solutions?

I've had my MacBook for 3 years and have never had this issue... Recently (maybe a month ago?) Messages and soagent are making my CPU spike. It sounds like my MacBook is about to take off into outer ...
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Constant “Not Delivered” errors in iMessage

I am getting incredibly frequent "Not Delivered" errors when sending messages on my Macbook. They're iMessage messages (as opposed to SMS messages), and I just get spats of them where it seems like ...
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Why Mac and iPhone sent message are separated?

I am logged in on Mac and iPhone to my iCloud account. When I am sending message from them, receiver has two different conversation from different sources / devices. Why?
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Why can I only send iMessage and not SMS for some contacts?

For most contacts, if iMessage is not available (no internet, iMessage disabled in settings, etc), I am able to send a SMS txt message instead. But I have a couple contacts that will not attempt an ...
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How do I automatically store photos from emails or texts directly to the Camera roll?

My son tried to explain the process to me, but I'm not able to figure it out.
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Wrong number text that resulted in Maybe? [duplicate]

I got a text from a wrong number saying "This is Adam...off tomorrow". Why did my phone say Maybe: Adam?
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With Mojave (macOS 10.14), why does the Message app close itself?

I've noticed an annoying behavior with Mojave (macOS 10.14). I use the Messages app all the time. Previously I would just hit the red X to close it when I was done messaging for the moment. The ...
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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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How can I change the Messages notification sound

I'm trying to change notification sounds for apps like messages. I've tried to copy the .caf files using terminal, but it gives me "Operation not permitted" Does anyone know a way around this? I'm ...
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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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ios 12.0 how can I delete specific plug in applications within the Message app?

I don't want Message apps except for photos to show up in the bottom when I'm composing a message. How can I delete them from Message so I can't tap them accidentally or see them?
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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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iMessage “delivered”

I sent my friend an iMessage about 4 hours ago, and the blue bubble appeared, but delivered text never appeared below the message bubble. I assume this means that the recipient did not receive the ...
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iMessages content is automatically marked as read without notification

I'm using iMessage on iPhone iOS 11 and my MacBook. Since a while all incoming messages are automatically marked as read, without displaying any notification on lock screen, and either no ...
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iPhone 6 contacts messed up

My contacts act really strange when certain people are with me. The contacts will all look normal and they seem to have the correct numbers associated with them. At least they appear to be normal. But ...
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No Text Notifications or Sounds from One Contact

So this is an issue that I’ve had for a few months: On my iPhone 7, currently running iOS 11.4.1, I’m not getting any sort of notification from one specific contact in my phone. No ringtone, no ...