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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Can I receive all the messages I missed whilst my iMessage was off?

I shut my iMessage off last night on my iPhone 5s. I turned it back on this morning. How can I get the messages I didn't receive?
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Setting up a new iPad with new Apple ID with an @icloud.com email address all works fine except FaceTime and iMessage

I can sign in to iCloud, iTunes and download from iTunes so I know the Apple ID works. I can Go in with my Apple ID and FaceTime, works fine. So I know then iPad, FaceTime, andiMessage work. But ...
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Where did the video go? It ran off with the voice memo

The Messages app in iOS 8 provides a convenient function to record and send voice & video messages as part of an ongoing chat dialog. Receiving a call while using Messages' build-in recording ...
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Sort out Apple hosts

I have a question about Apple network traffic. In my network program I can see these three domains (GET) http://init-01md.apple.com/bag http://init.ess.apple.com/WebObjects/VCInit.woa/wa/getBag?ix=1 ...
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Can you merge two conversations?

Can you merge two conversations from the same contact if one is sent from an email and the other from the phone number?
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Is it possible to find a specific iMessage from a conversation?

Using an iPad Air (still running iOS 7), is it possible to search through an iMessage conversation to find a specific message (or highlight all messages) that feature a given string I've searched for? ...
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How do I send a group MMS from the Yosemite Messages App when one user has iMessage?

I'm trying to send a group MMS message to a group of friends from my mac. Some are Android users and some are iMessage users. I can add all of them to the conversation from the mac, but as soon as I ...
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How to turn off date links in OSX?

In Messages and other apps, the date linking is sometimes a little unnecessary: Is there a way to turn off data detectors on Yosemite across the board? I know you can turn off Mail data detectors ...
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Applescript, OS X : How to Get a list of phone numbers from Contacts, and send an iMessage with Messages App? Halfway there I think..?

I am trying to create an applescript that will grab all of the labeled phone numbers of 'mobile' and 'iPhone' from the every contact in Contacts App (specifically the phone numbers from the iCloud ...
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Apple tool to print SMS Messages

I need to print some SMS messages for a legal action. What tool does Apple provide to print SMS messages with their time stamps and other metadata? This is similar to Need to print out iPhone text ...
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OS X Messages.app images are out of sync with Contacts

I synchronize my contacts on OS X under Internet Accounts. I have contacts selected under iCloud, Google, Facebook and LinkedIn. I've updated contact images using this profile aggregation and it ...
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Delete previous recipients in Messages

I am running Messages on Mavericks. When I begin to type someone I wish to chat with, I get a list of suggestions. I wish to remove some people from that list. I have removed them from my Contacts ...
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iMessage sign-in not working correctly after changing Apple ID

I wanted to sign up for Apple iMessage with a different email, so I created a new Apple ID and every time I try to sign in with that one, it asks me for the password again and again. This loop ...
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Making Messages report that it is a different client

My company recently upgraded their XMPP server for internal chat, and now require the Jitsi client. I don't know if Jitsi is nice on Windows, but the Mac version is like having bleach dripped in my ...
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Change behavior of “Messages” window in Mountain Lion Messages

In general, I'm more than pleased with the changes in Mountain Lion, but in any release there are a few niggling things that bug me. One of them involves the behavior of the Messages app which ...
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How do I disable sending or receiving “effects” in iOS 10.1 Messages?

For reasons past comprehension, the new iOS 10 Messages app allows applying "effects" to messages. It used to be possible to disable the ability to generate or receive these abominations by choosing ...
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Why is the number of unread messages in Messages negative?

Occasionally, and with no apparent correlation with what is going on on other devices where I have Messages enabled, I get a negative count for my unread messages in Messages on OS X: What could be ...
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Running 10.13.4 Beta (17E182a), what is “Messages in iCloud currently disabled” message I am getting?

See picture below. I am seeing "Messages in iCloud is currently disabled. Repair Account." The "repair account" is not clickable. I have enabled Messages in iCloud and I have tried to sync several ...
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How can I disable iMessage suggestions in iOS 13’s share menu?

In iOS 13, when I try to share something, the first row is all suggestions about who I should text whatever I’m reading to. How can I disable this “feature” so that it stops taking up space in the ...
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iPhone not vibrating when Messages notifications is disabled on Mac

When I turn off notifications for Messages on macOS, I don’t get a vibration or sound from my iPhone on incoming texts when I’m using my Mac at the same time. It still delivers them silently there, ...
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Prune Apple Messages Chat

My Apple Messages has way, way too many people in it. I'd like to remove the chat sessions that have been dead for more than 6 months. It seems that I should be able to do this by deleting records ...
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View only unread messages in macOS Messages

Is there any way to view only unread messages in Messages.app in macOS? The behavior I'd like is basically the same behavior as a Mail.app smart mailbox showing on unread emails. The volume of texts ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 find which of several numbers for the same contact I sent a message to

For a contact with several phone numbers, how do I find which number I sent a message to? I am trying to find which of the contact's numbers to try next, because I'm not getting a reply. The ...
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Messages App acts like its disembodied

I use my iPhone and the app Messages interchangeably for sending and receiving messages. They are both connected to my apple account and for a long time they worked in sync. However, recently Messages ...
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How to Sync Messsages Between Android and MacBook?

I'm having a difficult time getting texts to show up on the Messages app on my laptop and my Android phone. It's really weird because some texts appear on my phone while others get sent to the ...
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conversation numbers corrupted after restoring

I restored my new Phone from the itunes back up using the iSkysoft due to lack of storage (selective restore). After restoring I wasnt able to send messages to anyone, later turned out that numbers ...
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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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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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Why are some SMS not showing up?

Since yesterday text messages from one number are not showing up in messages on my Mac. They show up ok on the phone though, and messages from other senders (myself, friends) show up on both phone ...
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Missing Text Messages?

I've got a little problem with my text messages; here's the background... I had texted the family the night before but woke up with my phone dead. Once I had charged the phone to the point where it ...