iOS 10 iMessages and OS X Sierra iMessages

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by niji, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. niji, Jun 26, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2016

    niji Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003

    question about how iMessages are handled across the two new updates to the operating systems.

    in iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, iMessages seemed to be working differently: when you delete an iMessage thread in iOS 9, the next time that you wrote a new iMessage to that same address, the old messages would appear again in the new iMessage thread (so they weren't actually deleted).

    but in OX 10.11 (and previously as well), it seemed on my system that after deleting an iMessage thread the old messages would NOT re-appear when a later iMessage thread was started with the same addressee (actually deleted?)

    in iOS 10 beta and OS X Sierra beta, how does this work?

  2. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    I'm not *quite* sure what you're saying.

    For me in iOS 9 and iOS 10, as well as OS X 10.11 and macOS 10.12, if I delete a thread, it's completely deleted.
  3. snow755 macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2012

    its not called OS X Sierra its called MacOS sierra
  4. lagwagon Suspended


    Oct 12, 2014
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    It's not called MacOS Sierra, it's called macOS Sierra. :p

    (Sorry couldn't resist)
  5. -BigMac-, Jun 26, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2016

    -BigMac- macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Yea how dare you make such a fatal mistake brah
  6. saudor macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2011
    That actually happens to me in El Cap. Delete a thread. if i get a message from the same user, the old messages pop up. Not sure on the phone but it doesnt do that on the iPad.
  7. jgelin macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2015
    St Petersburg, FL
    It depends on if you have delete conversation when thread is closed selected. I have preservation on: When I close out a message on El Cap it is just closed and sending another will reopen the thread right where I left it. If I delete the thread, it is deleted and no matter if i send a message later or not the old conversation string doesn’t come up. Closing and deleting are two exclusive options when the "save conversation history" box is checked, but they are one in the same when it is left unchecked.
  8. niji thread starter Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003
    hi, many thanks for your info.
    i do have the "Save History When Conversations Are Closed" checked in El Capitan Messages.
    In the actual Messages panel, as i understand what you are saying, if you highlight the thread in the left side pane, and use Delete, it will delete the thread. if you merely just click the thread's X mark when the thread is highlighted, it will retain the messages and just close the thread until messages are sent again to that same address.


    so, now for the new betas, is it working differently, and is there any to backup messages so that you can be sure you don't lose them?

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