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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When I'm texting, sometimes the receiver's email shows up

Whenever I start a text, my contacts list shows email addresses instead of phone numbers. Not always but very often. Sometimes a contact will be that way, then next time it won't.
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Why aren't my text notifications working?

I have an iPhone 6S (with iOS 11) which is working fine except for the fact that I no longer receive any push notifications whenever I receive a new text message - no sound either. All I see is a ...
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Some contact names missing from Messages, but initials still visible?

This is recent (popped up in the last week), and I don't think it came up with any updates; most recent thing I can think of is watchOS 4.2. I'm on the iPhone 7, with iOS 11.2. Only in my Messages ...
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Is it possible to use the Messages app with Google Voice?

I've got an iPhone 4 that has no mobile plan or phone number, but I've got a Google Voice account. I know I can use the Google Voice app to communicate over SMS, but is it possible to configure the ...
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“Maybe:” in front of Contacts on Message screen [duplicate]

I get a "Maybe:" in front of most iMessage contacts and only the phone number for SMS'es - even for persons from my contact list. What can be the cause and how can I solve it?
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Unable to sign out of iCloud, sign in to App Store, or use iMessage. High Sierra

I am unable to sign in or out on iCloud or the App store. Whatever app I am using (Sys Prefs, App Store) loops endlessly. I can quit Prefs, but have to force quit the App Store. iMessage operates but ...
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iPhone 6, iOS 11.1.2: Messages app closing right after I open it

I think I know when it appeared to be happening. I had recieved some SMS text message from my bank regarding transaction item. And there was some special weird symbol, which looks like vise versa ...
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No longer able to send message from iPhone to work email on Outlook 2016 but can send to others at the company

I was able to send messages, or photos from my iPhone 7 to my work email address (Work email uses Outlook 2016 on Microsoft Exchange). I am no longer able to. But I can send to anyone else in the ...
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How to remove Your carrier may charge for SMS Messages used to activate FaceTime

This message keeps coming back: "Your carrier may charge for SMS Messages used to activate FaceTime" I managed to get rid of it before but when I change the SIM card it pops up again. It's similar ...
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Auto reply to text and/or iMessage?

Is it possible to set up an auto-reply to an incoming text or iMessage, either on my iPhone (or the connected Message app on my Mac)? Ideally I'd like to customize this depending upon the sender.
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Handoff stopped working for messages

In recent times handoff/continuity stopped working for messages on my iMac & iPhone. Messages coming into my iPhone no longer appear on my iMac, & I can no longer send messages via my iMac. ...
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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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Can you recover a deleted message or chain of messages from iPhone?

I see all of these software that claim that they can recover messages deleted from your iPhone. Do they actually work? For example, if I received 2 text messages from my friend and I immediately ...
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Sending same text to many people, nobody sees other recipients

I'm trying to organize a club/business and would like to send the same text to my clientele. I do not want individual recipients to see who else is a recipient, as most clients don't know each other. ...
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Can Mac Messages connect to more than one apple id?

Say I have two iCloud accounts, personal@example.com and work@example.com. My iPhone is logged into personal@example.com, while the Messages app on my work computer is logged into work@example.com. ...
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Son has a new MacBook air and I'd like to track messages

My son has a new MacBook Air and uses Messages to text friends etc. I have found some disturbing texts on his computer and would like to track them and watch them. How can I do this?
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How to get rid of the App Drawer/App Store button in Messages?

I recently updated my phone to iOS 11 and I find the new "App Drawer" at the bottom of my messages to be annoying. I saw on gadgethacks.com that if you click on the App Store button it hides the App ...
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Messages on ipod

I have set up an ipod for my daughter and now all of my messages are sitting on the ipod. I have seen the instructions on how to block them from being received from now but can I delete what is ...
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Send messages using Apple ID email instead of phone number

I’m trying to send messages by using my Apple ID email instead of my number. I went to send and receive everything is set right my iCloud is check and so is my number which I can’t uncheck. I want to ...
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Hangouts messages on High Sierra

It seems like I cannot send messages on Google Hangouts via Messages after upgrading to High Sierra. I still receive the messages because I'm authenticated. Is there any hope to keep writing in ...
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Contact photo not displaying in Messages app

How can I display the contact photo in my Messages app? My device is running iOS 10.3.3.
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Messages with three dashes get cut off

My wife sent me a video of my son saying something, to which I responded: What's he saying? Mommy read --- book? A few seconds after I sent the message, the text "book?" (and possibly the last dash) ...
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Transferring iPhone message history to new Mac?

My filesystem was corrupted when updating to High Sierra so I wiped it and restored my files from a dropbox backup. However, I didn't back up my iMessages because I thought I could easily restore them ...
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SQL to extract messages from backup

We know that iPhones will backup Messages in a SQLlite-accessible database called (of course) 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28. So I'm browsing that using DB Browser for SQLlite, and it's not ...
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How can I delete all message attachments?

I have years of messages on my iPhone 5s. Associated attachments are taking up many GB on my phone. I can see them in my Settings >> Messages >> Documents & Data, but I can't find an easy way to ...
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Missing option to silence text conversation in iOS 11

Last night I wanted to silence a text conversation and didn’t see the option. Is that gone, too? iPhone 6s after iOS 11 upgrade
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How can I log Messages out of a Google Talk account in High Sierra?

High Sierra removes Google Talk support for Messages. That's not really Apple's fault, as Google is migrating all Google Talk functionality to Hangouts and doesn't allow third-party clients to connect ...
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How can I have Messages show chat history from other devices?

I have Google Hangouts enabled on my Messages application. I can send and receive Hangouts messages fine, but if I pickup the conversation on my phone for a while and then return back to my computer, ...
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How do i get rid of the bottom iMessage app toolbar in iOS 11?

I don't use the iMessage apps very often. How do I get rid of it to free up some screen real estate?
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Apple Mail on iOS 10 loses email message when you switch apps?

Can anyone reproduce this behavior? Open the "Messages" app on iOS. Find or create a message that contains an email@address.com. Click the email@address.com to start a new email. (The Apple "Mail" ...
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Unable to add another email in iMessage or login with a different iCloud account on iOS 11

I upgraded to iOS 11 today, and I am no longer able to add another email in Messages. And when I sign out of Messages, I can no longer use a different iCloud account (i.e., iOS will not allow me to ...
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How to prevent people from adding other people in an iMessage group?

Is there some setting / block / third party app where I can prevent someone adding another person to group messages?
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Does reducing message history on one device affect other devices?

If I have one apple account signed into multiple devices, and I change the iMessage message history from Forever to 30 Days on one device, will this have any impact on any other devices with this same ...
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Custom Ringtones & AlertTones locations for macOS Sierra and High Sierra?

Since Yosemite the only way to add custom ringtones was to drop them into: /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/ToneLibrary.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Ringtones Is this location still our only ...
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How to access iMessage library using Sequel Pro on macOS

I'd like to access my iMessages using Sequel Pro. I have been told that they are in a sqllite file.
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How to save old Messages on a Mac?

i have all my old conversations from Messenger on my Mac (and not on my iphone). As I want to put the upcoming High Sierra on a previously deleted Mac instead of simply updating my Mac I wonder if it ...
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Stop multiple alerts for incoming message etc. on iPhone

My iPhone with iOS 10 keeps beeping every several minutes to remind me of an incoming message (and other events) until I unlock the device with passcode or fingerprint. Is there some way to stop the ...
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iMessage export to PDF [duplicate]

I am looking for advice for an iMessage program/app that can export threads with dates/times in conversation style, preferably to PDF. I have researched this quite a bit, but most results seem ...
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How do I go into a message conversation

My friends iPhone 4 will not provide notification when I send a message from my iPhone 5. All other messages from all other contacts will notify him when they text him. I was researching the issue ...
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Copy SMS and imessages from one phone to other WITHOUT restoring backup

I have a friend who needs to get SMS messages and imessages from an old phone to a new phone. I understand that restoring the new phone using a backup of the old phone will acheive this. But this ...
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Does iMessage have BCC?

Does iMessage have the ability to send a message as a BCC (blind carbon copy) to a group, like email services do (Gmail and Apple Mail)? Sometimes I have a message that I want many people to receive ...
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“Do Not Disturb” on iOS iMessage does not work

When I mute a group conversation in Messages (by enabling “Do Not Disturb” in the Details screen of the thread), I still get a notification with every new message. This happens regardless of whether ...
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Deleting messages

I want to save a thread of messages from someone, but I don't want them on my iPhone, only on my Mac. If I delete the thread on my iPhone, will that also delete it from Messages on my Mac?
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How do I stop Messages from my iPhone 6s from appearing on my Mac?

How do I prevent messages from my iPhone 6s from appearing on my MacBook? I’ve tried everything obvious and various solution that haven’t worked. My MacBook is running macOS Sierra.
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My iMac Messages merges two other household members

My iMac, but not my iphone, merges messages to/from my wife and daughter, who have different iphone numbers and emails but share the same landline and street address. How can I unscramble this? It's ...
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If someone has access to my iCloud account, can they see all my text messages or just my iMessages?

I gave my best friend my iCloud/Apple ID password because she forgot hers. Does that allow her to see all of my text messages that are incoming and outgoing, or only my iMessages? Also, if my new ...
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How do I find path for Messages and WhatsApp messages backup data in iCloud?

I need to retrieve Messages and WhatsApp messages backup data from iCloud but I can't find the path. Is there any possibilities to find Messages and WhatsApp messages backup data location in iCloud?
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My brand new iMac is receiving iMessages sent to somebody else, how to fix this?

My brand new iMac is receiving iMessages from my daughters phone, not mine. Do you have any tips how to correct this? I have tried to restart and shut hers off on her phone.
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App on iPhone shows installed but can't find it to open or uninstall

I have a weird behavior with one of the apps on my iPhone. As you may see on the picture it's not installed but at the same time I can't seem to uninstall it because I can't find it on my iPhone, ...
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Messages on MacBook isn't sending or receiving messages, despite being signed in to iCloud

My iPhone is connected to iCloud with the same account. In Messages → Preferences, under "You can be reached for Messages at:" my iPhone's number and my iCloud account are both there and checked. I ...