iMessage on MacBook Pro slow to update

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by vt78che, Jun 14, 2017.

  1. vt78che macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2017
    I have seen this issue mentioned in earlier iOS releases, but have never seen a resolution.

    When I woke up my macbook pro (latest software) this morning and checked the iMessages on it, there were no updates since last night (I had used iMessage on my iPhone numerous times in between). After some 3 hours, I was in the middle of a conversation on my macbook pro, when suddenly all the previously unsynced messages dumped into my macbook, after what I had been typing this morning, so the messages were out of order. This has been the case often when I start my macbook. I have read from earlier in this thread that there is no "server" for imessages, but if that is the case, how do I get any messages at all after the fact? I have a cable modem - not the fastest, but far from slow. I hope there is some setting I can change or something to make the updates/syncing more timely. If not, then I feel this is another real poor design on Apple's part.
  2. Chazzle macrumors 68000


    Jul 17, 2015
    This issue should be fixed with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra this fall. They are implementing iCloud syncing for iMessages so that should help with the consistency across devices.
  3. vt78che thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2017
    Makes sense. OK, I'll just maintain a low level of frustration until then. :)

  4. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    If you don't have PowerNap turned on, you could use that as a workaround. On devices that I have PowerNap enabled, syncing is pretty much always up to date. On those without PowerNap enabled, it can take quite a while for the strands to become in-sync again. Needless to say, this only works if the computer is asleep and not shutdown.
  5. exp13371 macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2017
    Ironically I started having this issue with the ios11/high sierra upgrades. Messages on Mac don't appear at all. If I sign out of imessage and sign back in, sometimes they'll reappear and catch up. Then they'll sync properly for a while, and stop again.

    I'm also having the same issue with Facetime - I am able to receive calls on my Mac when my phone rings, but this functionality stops working after a while just like the messages sync.

  6. scotartt macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2006
    auchenflower, AU
    I have also had this newly occur to me on updating to High Sierra and iOS 11. I haven't tried FaceTime as I don't use it a heap. But iMessage/Messages sync is now terrible.

    I have two wifi networks in my hour (a 2.5G and 5G) and I did think just then to check if it was because the Mac and the iPhone were each on the different ones (even though if that was was true they would still be on the same local subnet). Just then as I was checking that -- they were on the same network -- I flipped each of them over to the _other_ wifi network and suddenly the messages synced. I don't know if all that's related, but it might be the trigger to attempt syncing is joining a new network?
    --- Post Merged, Oct 7, 2017 ---

    But then, after doing this, subsequent messages that have rolled into iMessage have not updated for quite a time. Whereas it used to be almost simultaneous in the two.
  7. exp13371 macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2017
    Thank you, I will try that. The only thing I have to add since my last post, is that I have tried doing a clean install on both devices and that has not helped. Weird...
  8. adrianlondon macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2013
    Both my phone and laptop are on the same (5G) WiFi and I have this problem. It's new to this iOS11 and High Sierra combo. iMessage tends to be ok most of the time but FaceTime is dire. I find that if I sign out and back in again on the laptop it works (ie my phone and laptop both ring when a facetime or normal call comes through) but after a few hours the laptop gives up.

    I've logged it as an issue in Feedback (I.m currently on iOS 11.1 and MacOS 10.13.1).

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