How do I clear out old Messages in Archive & Attachments?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by twanj, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. twanj macrumors member

    twanj

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    I delete my old Messages in the Messages app on OS X & I thought I had everything under control. they take up too much space after a while.

    today, I accidentally stumbled across the Archive & Attachments folder (~/Library/Containers/com.apple.iChat/Data/Library/Messages) & there is quite a bit of stuff I've deleted within the app. the Archive folder (2.4 gigs) has the text of the messages, & Attachments (5.4 gigs) has the attachments.

    all my old Messages with ex's are in here that I've already deleted. is it safe to manually delete this stuff in the Finder?

    I searched on here & also did a general Google search on this. some blog posts came up & it sounded like people had issues with Messages not displaying after they fiddled with it.
     
  2. richard2 macrumors regular

    richard2

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    It should be safe to delete the contents of the two folders provided you do so while Messages is closed.
     
  3. twanj thread starter macrumors member

    twanj

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  4. duncangohl macrumors member

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    My problem now...I cleared loads of things but now my mail messages dont show after a click on the preview. Just the header shows on the right. Have to double click to see message in new pane on the left???
     

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