Copying Messages from Old to New Mac

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

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  1. tnsmart macrumors 6502

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    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?
    Thanks!
     
  2. tnsmart thread starter macrumors 6502

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    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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