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Messages Beta - Deleting conversations

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AlbertJim Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 16, 2012 10:05 AM

Has anyone figured out how to delete a message completely in the new Messages Beta? 

Send a message to an imessage contact - delete this conversation on all of your ios devices and the folder you have set to save your chat transcripts to (there is no way to not save your conversations in Messages beta like there was in ichat - not good)  Ok, now re-message that same contact and all of the old conversation pops back up on the computer only - it is still gone on iphone and ipad.  Where else is Messages storing my messages?

 

Thanks!

Messages Beta, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Easybourne Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
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    Feb 16, 2012 10:12 AM (in response to AlbertJim)

    Hello,

     

    In Your Documents folder there is a folder called 'iChats'. Messages saves transcripts there. You can delete them easily enough, but I agree that there needs to be a preference setting to not always keep conversations.

  • Troxad Calculating status...
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    Feb 16, 2012 12:51 PM (in response to AlbertJim)

    I am having the same exact problem I can't figure it out. It's very annoying.

     

    I'd also like to be able to delete an iMessage conversation from my iPhone or iMac and have it also be deleted from the other location, rather than having to delete separately on each device. I don't know if this is possible or not.

     

    This issue with not being able to delete past conversations no matter what is really driving me nuts.

  • FundusX Calculating status...
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    Feb 16, 2012 2:53 PM (in response to Troxad)

    I had the same problem. And I tried all this things which you did but slightly diffirently. So here is my method and it deleted it completely.

     

    • Delete the messages from your iOS device.
    • Then, on your Mac open the following
    • Messages > Prefremces>  click third box named "Messages" , then under it there is Save chat        transcripts to iChat > click that and you will see Open Selected folder > click it and it will take you to a folder > open that folder and then drag everything there TRASH

     

     

       This will delete the conversation

     

       Please tell if this works for you.

  • BenPerkinsHD Calculating status...
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    Feb 16, 2012 3:53 PM (in response to AlbertJim)

    I'm having the same problem. I think they must be saving onto iCloud and then downloading, is it possible to delete from iCloud?


    @FundusX I have tried that and it hasn't worked. I have also tried deleting off all other iOS devices that uses the same iMessage.

  • FundusX Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 16, 2012 4:13 PM (in response to BenPerkinsHD)

    Hi @BenPerkinsHD

    I have done twice or thrice and it worked for.

    But I tried it just now and its giving me the full log of the conversation.

    So I have no idea what is going here.

     

    About the iCloud possibility, it can be true because but I havent enabled iCloud on my iOS device but still its not deleting the conversation.

     

    So, there has to be some other thing and as it is a beta release there might be some bugs.

     

     

    We can just wait.

     

     

    Thanks

  • Alexiolopes Calculating status...
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    Feb 16, 2012 7:03 PM (in response to AlbertJim)

    Guys I know how, you have to delete also all the backups of ichat folders

  • Troxad Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 17, 2012 11:11 AM (in response to AlbertJim)

    Thank you, AlbertJim, for saying everything I didn't want to explain again.

     

    I still haven't found the solution.

  • djkeel Calculating status...
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    Feb 17, 2012 6:19 PM (in response to AlbertJim)

    Hi,

     

    I think I figured it out... Close out messages. If you go into the library folder. There's a messages folder. Delete the 3 files in the folder. When you restart messages, and send a message to an imessage contact, it doesn't bring up all of your previous conversations.

  • vistaz86 Calculating status...
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    Feb 19, 2012 11:58 AM (in response to djkeel)

    I don't seem to have the messages folder in Library - there is an iChat one but theres nothing related to messages in there. I've tried showing hidden files too and still nothing....

     

    This is quite frustrating!

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