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Question: imessage not syncing across 4 devices

I have a MacBook Pro, an iPhone X, a fifth generation iPad and an iWatch 5. I am using the same Apple ID on all devices. I find I get all the messages on all of the devices but when I go to delete a message I have to do it on all four devices separately. I have handoff checked and all of my operating systems are up-to-date. I have searched on the web and all the various discussions about iMessage and tried all of them. Any new suggestions would me welcome.

Posted on Nov 12, 2020 7:17 AM

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Nov 12, 2020 8:18 AM in response to spfaff2 In response to spfaff2

spfaff2 wrote:

I have this as on, except for my Mac, which I purposefully have off to retain the messages forever without crushing iCloud, but I find SMS and other iMessages still don't synch properly.

On your iPhone, go to Settings>Messages>Text Message Forwarding and make sure that all of your other devices are connected. they are not, connect them. If they are and you're still having issues, sign out of iMessage on all devices. Sign back in on the iPhone. When it has activated, sign back in on your other devices. Then, go back to Settings>Messages>Text Message Forwarding and reconnect your iPad.

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Nov 12, 2020 8:18 AM in response to spfaff2 In response to spfaff2

spfaff2 wrote:

I have this as on, except for my Mac, which I purposefully have off to retain the messages forever without crushing iCloud, but I find SMS and other iMessages still don't synch properly.

On your iPhone, go to Settings>Messages>Text Message Forwarding and make sure that all of your other devices are connected. they are not, connect them. If they are and you're still having issues, sign out of iMessage on all devices. Sign back in on the iPhone. When it has activated, sign back in on your other devices. Then, go back to Settings>Messages>Text Message Forwarding and reconnect your iPad.

Nov 12, 2020 8:18 AM

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Nov 12, 2020 9:10 AM in response to spfaff2 In response to spfaff2

spfaff2 wrote:

Did that already, I think there is a need to also wait 24 hours as recommended in the help docs, give the system a chance to 'work everything out'

I've never had to wait 24 hours to get this to work. The 24 hours tends to be suggested for deregistering a device from iMessage.

Nov 12, 2020 9:10 AM

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Nov 12, 2020 9:31 AM in response to spfaff2 In response to spfaff2

spfaff2 wrote:

Hey, not trying to fight you, just telling you what's happening to me, I'd love for it to work exactly as Apple support and you have laid out.

I didn't think you were. I was adding a clarification.

Nov 12, 2020 9:31 AM

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