10 Replies Latest reply: May 25, 2012 11:30 AM by Ralph Johns (UK)
silica3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How to disable chat history saving in iMessage beta?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), Early 2011
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (68,715 points)

    HI,

     

    At present you cannot do this directly in Messages.

     

    You can write to the .plist involved if you are comfortable with Terminal.

     

    Lots of people seem to asking about this

     

     

     

     


    10:27 PM      Monday; February 27, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Lion 10.7.3)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • MARCELO APPLE Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having the same problem.

    When searching the help I found it attached.

    I believe that the final version will have the option to delete the chat transcript

    Or a box select with the option (not save transcript)

     

    Imessage Help.png

     


  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,230 points)

    Maybe an "off the record" button? that would be nice to be able to toggle back and forth. Think Private browsing!

  • MARCELO APPLE Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Exact I hope.


  • 547 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The easy workaround for now seems to be Edit-Clear Transcript.

    You dont have to exit iMessage to do this....well, you cant do it once you exit !

  • MARCELO APPLE Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I clean

    If you send me a new message transcription appears again

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (68,715 points)

    HI,

     

    That only works for that one moment in Time.

     

    i.e. it does not work in the long term and Messages beta, at the moment, re-syncs all those deleted/cleared messages (even if you visit your ~/Documents/iChats folder and delete the saved version  on your computer).

     

     


    6:44 PM      Sunday; March 25, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Lion 10.7.3)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • westlakejager Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You can delete the chat history as follows:

     

    • Quit out of Messages for Mac
    • Hit Command+Shift+G to bring up the “Go To Folder” window
    • Enter ~/Library/Messages/
    • Select all files in the Messages directory and move to trash, files will be named chat.db, chat.db-shm, chat.db-wal, etc
    • Empty the Trash and relaunch iMessages

     

    This will actually delete the chats, unlike when you delete the iChat history in your user folder.

  • gagne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Actually I found the ~/Library/Messages way does not work at all, however , the previously mentioned way ~/Documents/iChats/ and removing all containing folders in here which seem to be organized by account type does in fact work.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (68,715 points)

    HI,

     

    That's interesting.

     

    Were you saving Chats before hand ?

    I have Chats Saved in ~/Documents/iChats since 2004 and across several Migrations to get to this iMac.

     

    I have had more success with the ~/Library/Messages Database method.

     

    I can see that as Messages beta turns on Saving as a default setting (there is no way to tunr it Off) you may now be saving when you weren't before and that this in turn may effect what is in effect a smaller number of Deletes.

     

     

     

     

     


    7:30 PM      Friday; May 25, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Lion 10.7.4)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.7.4),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously