iMessage texts and attachments disappeared

Hugetrn

macrumors member
Original poster
Jan 15, 2015
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When I started using my 2014 MBP this morning, it was in sleep mode. I noticed iMessages shows only a few of my recent texts and nothing else prior (including attachments). As every casual user would do, I gave my MBP a restart, hoping it would fix it.

To my surprise, all my texts and attachments were cleared from my iMessage window. I checked the Library/Messages directory and the file still has a hefty 5 GB.

Here's a few things I tried to solve this issue:

-I made a backup of my Messages directory.

-I double checked my iMessages settings that auto delete option wasn't turned on.

-I tried renaming the Messages folder to see if it would create a new one and it got stuck at the "Reconfiguring iMessages" pop up.

-I searched the forum and googled around to find if there's any related issues.

-I updated MacOS Mojave from 10.14.3 to 10.14.4.

All to no avail. So I thought I'd ask for advice here. :)

I never cared about losing my texts and attachments on my iPhone since it has 16 gb of storage but I liked keeping things on my MPB. And sadly, I do not have a Time Machine backup.

Any help is appreciated.
 

elnbrg

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Nov 24, 2018
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Try to log out and log back in to the iCloud and iMessage separately in the Messages app. I had a similar issue and was able to sort it out.
 

Hugetrn

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Original poster
Jan 15, 2015
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Try to log out and log back in to the iCloud and iMessage separately in the Messages app. I had a similar issue and was able to sort it out.
I just tried but unfortunately it did not work.
 

Hugetrn

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Original poster
Jan 15, 2015
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Do you have Attachments folder in ~/Library/Messages/? If yes, is this folder empty or not?
All the chats and attachments seem to be in place. For some reason iMessage does not recognize them.
 

mikzn

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Sep 2, 2013
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I would be very careful about logging in and out of icloud - it is possible to lose all your texts, contacts and pictures if you choose the wrong settings and options, when logging out of iCloud it is possible to reset your text's , pictures and contacts to zero if you are not careful

I have noticed on Mojave that some messages (sometimes) do not seem available for a while and then later reappear not sure why.

I would try simple things like restarting messages and rebooting your mac to see if you can re establish the messages and synchronization - also after an upgrade it may take a while to work and synchronize ?