1 Reply Latest reply: Dec 24, 2012 2:31 PM by Ralph Johns (UK)
Kate13686 Level 1 (0 points)

I need to retreive some imessages. they were originally sent and recieved on my iphone 5 but it is linked to my mac, so they were def on my mac. i deleted them and now i desperatley need them back. is there any way i can retrieve deleted i messages on my mac? i have a mac book pro

MacBook Pro, iOS 6.0.2
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 (70,535 points)



    In Messages on the Mac do you have the Preferences > Messages section set to "Save History when Conversations are Closed" ?


    This will store all IMs and iMessages in ~/Library/Messages/Archive.

    Use the Finder > Go Menu > Go to Folder and type that path into the Dialogue box that appears. (~/Library/Messages/Archive).


    They are stored in dated folders so some guessing/trail and error will be needed.


    You may find that if this was an iMessage and you  send the person a new message that the whole History with that Contact since you installed Mountain Lion/Started Messages may appear and that it is scrollable the closer you get to the "top" and the top may keep moving until all is on show.





    10:31 PM      Monday; December 24, 2012

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


      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.2)
     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

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