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How do I get Messages on my MBP to display older texts?

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Jan 20, 2014 9:33 AM

I am looking to creat a pdf of text message conversation dating back to August. I can briing everything up on my iPhone by repeatedly selecting 'Load Erlier Messages', but on the application ("Messages") I can find no way to do this. Anyone know how to do this or another way to accomplish my objective?

 

Thnaks in advance!

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 2.8 GHz Intel Core I7
  • jayv. Level 4 Level 4 (1,230 points)

    For me, scrolling all the way up and waiting a few seconds will load earlier messages. Depending on the size of the message in total and the hard drive performance this may take a little longer.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)

    Hi,

     

    As has been said if it is an iMessages conversation it is likely you can Scroll up (and back in time) to the beginning or the time want the Mac was added to the conversations whichever comes first.

     

    iMessages are stored in a chat.db database  but it will only date from the day the Apple ID is added to the iPhone.

     

    iMessages and other Chats (AIM, Jabber or Yahoo) can also be Saved on the Mac.

    In these cases Scrolling up the chat will also work  dependiing on the chats/conversations that have been saved.

     

    Use the various options in the View Menu to remove such items as "Show Names and Pictures" so that the conversations is more compact.

     

     

     

     

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    9:55 pm      Monday; January 20, 2014

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mavericks 10.9)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)

    Umm,

     

    I checked a couple of conversations that I have showing in the Messages main window that are with people that I have iMessages on and off since the Messages Beta in Lion.

     

    Both now show dates going back to a date slightly earlier than yours.

    This would point to an update somewhere along the line but I cannot pinpoint which one.

     

     

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    8:06 pm      Wednesday; January 22, 2014

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mavericks 10.9)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)

    Hi,

     

    Sorry for the delay.

    I was hooked up doing something else yesterday and when I got free the Apple Site was showing me the "we'll be Back" Picture.

     

    I do think that an update is the cause.

    At the Launch of Mavericks the file structure that Messages as a Sandboxed app uses was changes.

     

    In Mountain Lion and Messages 7 the Archive of all Saved chats and the iMessages Chat.db were held in ~/Library/Messages

    In Mavericks it is ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.ichat/Data/Library/Messages/Archive for the Saved chats

    The Chat.db file is still in ~/Library/Messages but it seems to be been recreated afresh for that update.

     

    As iMessages can be picked up about 2 days or so after they are Sent you may find you have managed to get some older ones to "sync" to the Mac.

     

     

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    7:54 pm      Saturday; January 25, 2014

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mavericks 10.9)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)

    Understood.

     

     

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    8:07 pm      Monday; February 17, 2014

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mavericks 10.9)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

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