Feb 15, 2020 Problem 8: Keep Messages On Mac: iMessage Text. For Messages app on Mac, Open Messages app on Mac. Go to “Top menu” “Messages” “Preferences” Next to click on “General” Tab Select One of three options from the Dropdown list. Forever; One Year; 30 Days; In case you remove the conversation from the list of Messages app. Oct 20, 2018 The Your Phone app is still a work in progress, and at the time of this writing, it doesn't include support for viewing or sending media in MMS messages. (In future updates, Microsoft is. Dec 27, 2019 On your iPhone: Go to Settings Messages Toggle off iMessage Wait a few seconds and turn it back on. On your Mac: Open Messages app and click on Preferences Choose Accounts Click Sign Out Wait a few seconds then sign back in. After the process completes, enable iMessage on both Mac and iPhone, you can check if the iMessages sync properly.
Apple's Messages in iCloud feature encrypts your stored iMessage and SMS messages, keeps them in sync between your Apple devices, and backs them up. Messages in iCloud even lets you keep your messages, photos, and other attachments in iCloud, giving you more local storage space.
How is this different than iMessage currently works?
Currently, iMessages (and SMS messages, if you have SMS relay set up on your iPhone) get sent simultaneously to every device you own which you've also logged in to the iMessage system. But the system isn't perfect: Messages don't always make it to every device, especially if your device has been offline for a while. On top of that, if you log into Messages with a new device without restoring from a backup, you'll only see new messages sent to that iPhone, iPad, or Mac — you won't get any older messages.
Messages for iCloud eliminates those issues: If you choose to sync your messages to iCloud, you'll keep a constantly-backed-up archive of your messages that can be pulled down to any of your devices at any time. And when you log into a new device, even if you haven't restored from backup, you'll be able to get that whole archive in short order. (On the downside, if you accidentally delete a conversation in one place, it'll get deleted everywhere.)
How to turn on Messages in iCloud
Want to use Apple's sync service for Messages? You'll need to manually enable it.
Note: You'll need two-factor authentication enabled for your Apple ID to flip the switch on for Messages sync, so make sure you've followed those instructions first.
On iPhone or iPad
- Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
Tap the Apple ID banner.
- Tap iCloud.
Tap the switch next to Messages so that it flips to the green 'on' position.
And that's all there is to it. If your device is going to be downloading a lot of new messages, you'll need to plug it in so that the process can take place.
- Open Messages on from your Dock or Applications folder.
Click Messages in the Menu bar.
- Click Preferences.
- Click the checkbox next to Enable Messages in iCloud.
Click Sync Now to begin syncing your messages.
How to troubleshoot when your messages don't sync
If you find that your iMessages and texts aren't syncing across iCloud, generally speaking, the best way to fix it is the old standby: turning it off and on again. By that, I mean turning off Messages iCloud syncing on all of your devices, then turning it back on again. Just use the steps outlined above for turning syncing on, just flip the switches to 'Off' and uncheck the box in Messages for Mac.
There are a couple of ways you can go about this. First, try turning messages syncing for one device off and on, then the next, and so forth for all of the affected devices. You could also try turning off messages syncing on all of your devices at the same time, then turning it back on at the same time. When trying these methods, it's important to give your devices some time to sync back up before moving on to another method.
Another way to try to fix a syncing problem, especially if only one of your devices seems to be affected, is to completely power off your device. On iOS devices older than the iPhone X, this means pressing and hold the sleep/wake button until the power off slider appears, after which, you swipe that to turn off your device. On the iPhone X and newer, there's just slightly more to it.
- Press and hold the sleep/wake side button and one of the volume buttons until the power off slider appears.
Swipe the power off slider to the right.
After that, just press and hold on the sleep/wake button until you see the Apple logo on your iPhone or iPad.
If none of this works, you can sign out of your Apple ID on your device, then sign back in again.
If you've got any questions about turning on Messages in iCloud, let us know in the comments.
Updated January 2020: Everything is up-to-date through iOS 13 and macOS Catalina.
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Is the Messages app crashing or freezing unexpectedly on your Mac? There’s nothing more annoying than having the Messages app crash on you when you are sending messages. Sometimes you may receive “an unexpected error message” or “an internal Messages error occured”. This problem is important because it will prevent you from sending or receiving messages on your Mac. This article includes a few fixes that have helped other Mac users resolve their crashing Messages app problem.
Here is what you can do when the Messages app on your Mac isn’t responding as it should.
Please after each of the following steps, restart the computer and test.
1-Restart your Mac. You can do so by going to Apple menu > Restart
2-If the Messages app is unresponsive, force quit the app. You can do so by choosing Apple menu > Force Quit and select the Messages app. Please note that you may lose some some recent messages.
3-On your Mac, sign out and restart your Mac and then sign in. Here is how:
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- Open the Messages app
- From the Menu, select Messages and Preferences
- Click the iMessage tab
- Click the Settings tab
- And click Sign Out
- Then restart your Mac
- And now sign in.
4–Restart your Mac in Safe Mode to isolate the problem. Check to see if this problem occur in Safe Mode.
5-Check for updates. On your Mac, click System Preferences > Software Update.
6-If you are still having problem, try restoring the Messages app to its default settings. Please note that this means this you will lose all of your current settings and messages. Here is how:
- Close the Messages app, force quit if necessary
- Launch the Terminal app (Applications > Utilities > Terminal)
- Enter the following command and hit enter
- find ~/Library/Preferences -name “*iChat*” -delete
- The command above will delete the plist files
- Now enter the following command and hit enter
- rm -rf ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Messages
- The command above will delete the cache files
- And now enter the following command and hit enter
- rm -rf ~/Library/Messages
- This will remove the chat database
- Restart your Mac
7-On your Mac, open the Finder menu and hold down the Option key and select Go > Library then find the following files and items and move them to the Trash:
Note: some of them may not exist.
Then restart your Mac and test, if you are still having issues:
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Go to the Library folder again and open the Preferences folder and find the following items beginning with one of the following strings:
Move them all to your desktop. And restart your Mac. If your Messages app is working, put these item back one by one. And after each test.
If you are still having issues, you may want to contact Apple support.
See also: Messages Read Receipts Not Working, Fix