Copying Messages from Old to New Mac

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by tnsmart, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. tnsmart macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2008
    Hi folks,

    I've got one of those fancy new tMBP running Sierra. For various reasons I didn't want to copy the data directly from my old MBP (running Yosemite). I do, however, want to keep my whole message history, but I can't figure out how. I've tried the following:

    Closed Messages on the new Mac
    Deleted the ~/Library/Messages folder
    Deleted the iChat cache and container files under ~/Library
    Copied the ~/Library/Messages folder from the old Mac to the new one

    After this I opened Messages back up on the new Mac and only those messages I've received since setting it up are there. I figure it must be pulling those from what I copied over since I deleted what was there... right?

    Any ideas what to do here?
  2. tnsmart thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2008
    I guess all I needed was a restart. I don't understand why, but the messages didn't show up after I logged out and logged back in, but they did after I restarted.

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