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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 do I know which message is from which person when their initials are the same?

This is a really dumb question, but unless I add a picture to a person's contact card, how am I supposed to know which person a message came from in a group thread when their initials are the same? ...
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FaceTime with 2 Phones (work and private) & 1 Apple ID

I have 2 phones, one is for work and one is private. I use the same Apple ID on both as I don't want to pay for my movies, apps & music twice. When I'm on the plane/train to another one of our ...
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How can you schedule messages on an iPhone?

I am looking for an app that lets me schedule messages to have them sent at a specific time? I do not mind paying as I know this is not something offered for free, but the ones I have tried so far (...
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Old iMessages are changing colors?

In Messages I have a thread of sent messages that showed up as blue at the time of sending. These old texts remained blue until about 15 minutes ago; now they’re green. I know sending the messages ...
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How to save iPhone Messages photos and videos and create free space?

We have an iPhone that has run out of space. Most of the space is taken by Messages. We don't want to delete all those old photos and videos. We'd like to save them to our Photos app. The latest ...
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Is there an app/solution to quickly send text snippets/links/images from Windows pc (clipboard) to your iPhone? [duplicate]

I constantly have the problem that I want to push a text snippets/links/images quickly from my Windows pc to my iPhone, without it being plugged or on the same Wi-Fi. Every time, it seems to be a ...
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Receiving text alerts on Macbook but not iPhone

I have an iPhone 7. I only recently synced it to the Messages app on my computer. At first, I received text alerts on both devices, but now, when I have the computer open (not the computer's Messages ...
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Prevent text messages from being sent to recipient's email address

Recently when I sent a message to an iPhone recipient, it was sent via SMS, presumably because one of us couldn't connect to iMessage. However, the strange thing is that my iPhone sent the text ...
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Messages - Is there a way to implement an “archive” feature?

For those of us for whom text messages often represent an undone or unorganized task, it would be helpful to have an archive feature in Messages apps. That way, we could see which messages have not ...
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How much does an iMessage cost on Mobile data?

How many Megabytes does an iMessage use when sent over mobile data? I’m asking because I’m on a pay as you go plan and I want to send iMessages on mobile data. I want to know how much will it cost me?
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What does the badge on the Store icon in the Messages app indicate?

The Store icon of my iPhone's Messages app has been displaying this red badge for as far back as I can remember. When I open the Messages App Store, I can't find any updates or new information that ...
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Contact recently upgraded to iPhone. How can I tell my iPhone to send them iMessages now?

One of my contacts has recently switched to an iPhone. How can I tell my phone to send them iMessages now?
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Messages shows my Status “offline”

I have Messages on my MacBook Pro running 10.13.3 and have received the odd message from my daughter. I tried to use to send and the icon in the Dock shows my Status "offline" and I can't seem to ...
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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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If you've enabled Messages in iCloud on iOS, are the messages still on the device and backed up when the device is backed up?

On my iOS 11.x device I've enabled iMessages in iCloud. When I back up my device locally via iTunes, are my iMessages still included in that backup?
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Messages on Mac won't log in

I'm using macOS High Sierra, and my Messages app keeps telling me that my talk.google.com password is wrong, even though I have been using the correct password. I've signed out in preferences, signed ...
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I have Messages in iCloud but messages still not perfectly synced

I have Messages in iCloud on my iPhone (6S, latest OS version 11.4) - or at least I think I do: In iPhone Settings -> [my Apple profile] -> iCloud I have Messages switched to on. I also have Messages ...
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How can I delete old messages on my iPhone to free up space (NOT the whole message thread)

My iPhone is getting real low on space. I know the Messages app is taking up lots of space and I want to clear some of it. I looked and it only allows me to delete EVERYTHING from a message thread. ...
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iMessage screen sharing is greyed out

Why is the iMessage screen sharing option not available? What causes it to be greyed out? (see screenshot, green arrow)
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Facetime & iMessage: Could not sign in please check network connection

Whenever I try to sign in to iMessage or Facetime on iOS 7.1.2, I always get the same message: "Could not sign in. Please check your network connection and try again." I have already looked on Apple ...
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Unread Messages badge on iPad

I have a badge with two unread messages in the Messages.app on my iPad. Messages in iCloud is setup on all my devices. This two unread messages don’t show up on any of my other devices. I also can’t ...
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Remove phone number from iMessage? [duplicate]

Friend of mine got a new phone number that came linked to an iMessage account. He can’t see text messages (iMessages) sent from iPhones because the account is linked to the phone and iPhones send the ...
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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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I don't want to use iMessage on an iOS 11 phone. How do I turn it off?

How do I turn it off? When I sent to Settings, Messages and turned off iMessages. But then I am unable to SMS people with iPhones. Error dialog pops up: iMessage needs to be enabled to send this ...
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Anyway to “reset” a group imesssage?

I'm having a bit of and odd problem with a group message, likely due to a bit of weird history with this groupchat. Rough outline below (this may include extraneous data) I have a groupchat with two ...
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I want the ability to easily silence all text messages

TL;DR: Is there a way to toggle all message notifications easily? While at work, I want the ability to by notified by phone calls, and reminders and event notifications, but I don't want to be ...
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Mac Messages suggestions ordering

I use Messages (most recent version) on Mac (High Sierra - 10.13.1). When starting a new conversation, Messages suggests two contacts when I type a particular first name. (They share a first name). ...
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How can I automate “I am Groot” reply to annoying friend's texts? [duplicate]

I kinda want to convey the point that all this individual's texts are just as meaningful as the phrase "I am Groot." Can this be done on my iPhone? That is, anytime I get a text from said individual, ...
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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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Weird name in iMessage when I copy messages

I just copied a text I got in messages and for some reason it shows my name as Pumpkin Squealer De Luz Do You See: 555-555-5555 Sorry Jake. Will be back to you later today with someone to come ...
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When does Messages in iCloud actually sync?

I just updated my iPhone 6s to the latest iOS version and turned on Messages in iCloud (Settings → my name → iCloud → turn on Messages). However I don’t think anything got uploaded to iCloud, per the ...
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Messages in iCloud Won’t Delete from macOS

If I delete a message from Messages on my iPhone or iPad connected to Messages in iCloud, it gets deleted from all my other devices. However if I do the same from my Mac also connected to Messages in ...
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Where are Messages now stored when you enable iCloud sync?

There is a new cloud messages option for iCloud users. After Updating to macOS 10.13.5 and iOS 11.4 and checked all the boxes to get Message to sync across all devices and computers. When you do so, ...
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Messages in iCloud behaviour

I have 3 devices, on the MacBook, I have messages preference set to "keep forever", on the iPhone , I have it set to "delete after 30 days", and I have an older iPad, so its not up to date. If I turn ...
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Messages in iCloud on some devices, mixed with old devices?

What is the behaviour if not all devices support Messages in iCloud? Do the supported devices sync to iCloud and the older devices continue to receive messages as normal, not synced?
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How to Sync Messages from iPhone to Other Devices (iOS 11.4, macOS 10.13.5)?

With the arrival of iOS 11.4 and macOS 10.13.5, I am looking forward to having messages up-to-date across all my Apple devices. The master set of messages lies on my iPhone which I have had the ...
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Contacts missing when trying to send iMessage

For new message, when I type next to "to", very few of my contacts show up even though I have been texting them for years??? Only their emails are showing up for the majority. Randomly, a few contacts ...
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iCloud Messages macOS Not Available

I upgraded to my iPhone and Watch (iOS and watchOS 11.4, respectively). I've already had iMessages turned on and have been using it for years. I enabled iCloud Messages on the iPhone but the ...
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SMS delivery report on iOS

I have an iPhone SE with iOS 11.3.1 . If I send a normal SMS (that is one that does not require internet, the old SMS we had) using iMessage then no delivery report comes. This is not a network issue ...
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MacOS High Sierra Messages app unread icon reappearing, causing system to hang

I am experiencing a strange problem with the inbuilt messages app on my iMac. For 2 of the threads in the app, the unread count is not resetting and when I read the thread, the blue unread icon ...
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The Messages app doesn't recognise numbers that are saved in Contacts app [duplicate]

I am using Contacts OSX and iOS app's and they both synced into iCloud and I have opened them to check if the contacts are the same on my phone and Mac and they are. However when I receive an ...
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Sent messages from iPhone don't show on macbook messages

I use iMessage for my iPhone and Macbook. The problem: I can't see a message I sent from my iPhone on my Macbook, but I can see a sent message from my Macbook on my iPhone. How can I see sent ...
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Trying to re-sync Messages between iPhone and Mac

This morning my phone asked me, unbidden to log into my Apple ID (or iCloud, I can't keep those straight). My login did not work (I used the correct password), but I was able to login after resetting ...
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My iPhone messages changes colors at times between green and blue or other way around. How do I stop this

I have an iPhone 6. When I text another iPhone user. My messages and my friends will show up in a blue text bubble. If my friend is not using an iPhone, the messages will show in a green text bubble (...
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Get Messages Beta app to run on OS X Lion

I wanted to use iMessage/Messages on my 2008 MacBook. I am stuck on Lion. I saw the Messages beta, and installed it. However, it appears Apple disabled it after Mountain Lion was released. I really ...
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Different coloured text bubbles

I sent a text message from my iPhone 7 Plus this morning and in the green bubble it only shows a portion of the message and then has a forward arrow (>). If I click on the message, it takes me to a ...
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How to delete all conversations all at once in iMessage?

It's clear on how to delete conversations in iMessage one by one. Does anyone know how I can delete multiple or all conversations all at once? Thanks.
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Deleted Messages still take space on iCloud

When I logged into my iCloud account with Safari I saw, that backups on my iCloud take approx. 2GB: what was a bit strange for me because locally checking (ie. from system preferences -> iCloud), ...
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Messages using email instead of phone number

Messages shows the email of the person I am sending to instead of their phone number on some contacts. Why is it picking the email up for some contacts and the number for others