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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iPad: Sending iMessage messages from e-mail [duplicate]

When I send message on iMessage, it’s sent from my e-mail, which I am logged in iCloud with i.e. my Apple ID, not my phone number. In Settings → Messages → Send and Receive(?), is not my number, just ...
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Transferring Messages from old Mac to new Mac

I have a new Mac and I didn't use the Migration Assistant to move my data. I want to now transfer my old messages from my old Mac to my new Mac. It appears all the old messages are in buried in the ...
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Will “Auto Delete Old Conversions” delete my messages from all of my devices if using iCloud?

My wife's iPad is constantly out of space. Most of the space is used up by Messages, where her iPhone Messages sync with iCloud, and her iPad sync with iCloud, and thus, she copies all those large ...
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How to keep all attachments downloaded all the time in Messages app?

I am using Messages app in iOS 12 and also forwarding them on to my Mac running macOS Mojave 10.14.5. I exchange photos with my friend and we discuss edits etc., sometimes on very old ones. When I go ...
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iMessage workflow for incoming texts from someone?

Are there any ways to start any sort of workflow based on incoming iMessage texts? When I'm at work, I usually have my iPhone on silent mode. But when my wife texts me, I'd like to figure out some ...
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Messages: Online status or Last seen time

Is there any method for me to know if a user registered with Messages is currently online? Or, is it possible for me to determine when they were last seen? If not is there a way to find out using ...
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I can’t remove my old phone number from iMessage or FaceTime

I had an old phone number on my iPhone 8 carrier free. I recently switched to another carrier but I cannot use my new phone number to activate iMessage. Furthermore, I cannot remove my old phone ...
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Sending iMessage that supposably does not get delivered

My niece has an iPhone 8 which is acting up. When she sends an iMessage to another user, the message gets sent and received. She however does not see a status (i.e. delivered or read). Instead, after ...
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Block unwanted Gmail Texts

Yesterday a person texted my phone through a Gmail account and I thought it was just an accident or a bot or something. I reported it as junk and it deleted their initial “Hi.” But since then they’ve ...
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Messages app on iPhone do not play alert/vibrate for SMS received from some numbers

I get no sound (or vibration) in my iPhone when a I receive a message from certain numbers. The number is not listed in my Contacts, it's a very short number sent containing SMS sent by my bank with ...
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iMessages on macOS showing showing prior sent message in the text field

Sometimes when I open iMessages on my MacBook I'll find that a previously sent message is still in the text field as though I haven't sent it. It's inconsistent, I don't know how to reproduce it. I'm ...
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How do I get my MacBook to stop sending iMessages to non-Apple devices?

This behavior just started randomly today, with no discernible connection to an iOS update. Though it was around the time I began to sync my iMessages to the cloud. Using my MacBook iMessage, which ...
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AppleScript to clean spam in Messages

I get a lot of spam in my iMessage, such gamble, sex etc. On my iPhone, it can be filtered into a separate column. But on my Mac, there is no way to filter messages from unknown senders, which is ...
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How do I restore deleted Messages from a Time Machine backup?

My father deleted all his text messages from his iCloud account yesterday. By the time I found out about it, it was too late to restore them from the iCloud backup. Is it possible to restore them from ...
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Android message merge with iCloud Message history

I had an iPhone, and used iMessages with iCloud enabled. Then I switched to an Android for a while, which contains new messages. I've now switched back to an iPhone, and am trying to migrate these new ...
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How to reset Apple Mail on macOS Mojave without deleting and adding back Internet account?

I'd like for Apple Mail to start fresh and download and index all of my emails from scratch across multiple email accounts. I read that I might be able to go into internet accounts and delete all of ...
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MacOS Message.app is messing up the display of emoticons

My MacOs MacBookPro has all updates applied. For a while now when an emoticon is displayed in a message window (iMessage/SMS etc.) it is displayed as a box with a question mark. You can see that in ...
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Unable to see latest text and receive any phone calls on MacBook

When I first logged into my MacBook, I was able to receive phone calls as well as text messages on the system. But now I cannot receive any, on top of that MacBook doesn't even show up my iPhone in ...
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Missing Messages from chat.db

Hi so I can't currently create a minimum reproducible example but I am missing texts that I know I sent and appear in the search on the iMessage app but aren't in chat.db My python code below import ...
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Send iMessage from Firefox

Ubuntu + Firefox has become my daily driver. I would like to be able to send iMessage from Firefox. I am able to login using my Apple ID in Firefox. Is there a URL that can enable me to send iMessage ...
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iPhone sends messages by itself after sim swapping

I have an iPhone 6 running iOS 10.3.1. I use two sim cards and when I swap them, I noticed that the balance gets lower, every single time. This looked fishy, so I contacted telecommunications company,...
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Text messaging has stopped working on my iMac

I have an iMac running High Sierra 10.13.6 and an iphone 6 running ios 12.2. For the past several years i've been texting a group of friends using either my iMac or my iphone! Messages texted on one ...
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How to disable “Group MMS” in iOS 12

Previously, you could disable Group Messaging. But I don't see this option in iOS 12. Does anyone know how to turn off Group MMS messaging without disabling MMS entirely? "Group MMS" is described ...
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Gap in Apple Messages sent/received during macOS reinstall

I backed up my Mac with Time Machine, erased the drive, and reinstalled 10.14.4 from USB. After the install process was complete, I restored my data from the Time Machine backup I had made a couple ...
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How to find a Message from 2012 that my replacement iPhone 6s now says failed to send?

I recently had my iPhone 6s replaced (strictly speaking, a battery repair). Since I restored my backup to it (iOS 12.2), every time the phone reboots I get an alert about a message that failed to send ...
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How do I get notification first on active device?

I hear my iPhone chime upon the arrival of a notification. Minutes later it shows up on my Mac, even when I am working actively on the Mac. Is there a way to tell the notification to arrive on the ...
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How do I disable this red warning appearing in every new conversation in iMessage?

Every time I get a text-message from a new number, I get this big, red message: WARNING: Apple will never ask you to open Terminal or execute a command on your Mac, click a link, visit a website, ...
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Texts from husband show as from myself

I receive a notification indicating I have a new text from my husband - showing his name/contact. After clicking on the notifcation from him and reading the text, my Messages show the text came from ...
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How to turn off sounds in the Messages app on the Watch?

One of the great features of the Apple Watch is its unobtrusiveness: I can receive a message, look at it, and respond to it without disturbing the people around me with a series of beeps or vibration ...
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Is it possible to send notification to Apple Watch but show alert on iPhone?

I want to receive notifications for Messages.app on my Apple Watch (so that I can see the notifications in the control center), but I don't want my watch to vibrate every single time I get a message. ...
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Replace Messages app with something else and have it use my phone number?

Is there a way for me to use a different app to send/receive SMS messages on my iPhone, and still use my same phone number? It'd be great if it could become the default for sending messages on my ...
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MacOS iMessages can send text but not images using SMS via iPhone

I have until recently been able to send both text messages and images to SMS-contacts from my Mac (10.14.3) over my iPhone (12.1.4). (They have never had iPhones). Recently this stopped working, now ...
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If you deactivate an iPad from your Apple ID, will it still receive iMessages?

I recently went on the iTunes store and took my Apple ID off of my iPad. Will text/iMessages that I receive on my iPhone still go to the iPad?
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Make sure iMessage is going through

I have read so many different answers and really just need a truthful answer. My ex-boyfriend and I both have iPhones. I been trying to send him messages but it doesn’t say 'Delivered'. It doesn't ...
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iMessages sending tiny versions of images/GIFs

It doesn't seem to matter if I'm sending a personal photo, a GIF, or a video taken straight from iMessage, they're all sent to the recipient as super tiny versions of what I see them being sent as. ...
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Send current location in Messages app running iOS 12

In older versions of iOS, the Messages app had an i character in a circle which allowed us to send our current location to the other person. The location could be one-time snapshot of location, or a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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