macOS High Sierra Users Report Significant Delays Receiving iMessages and SMS Texts

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A bug in macOS High Sierra is causing users to receive iMessages and SMS texts on Macs and other iCloud-connected devices long after they were originally sent, according to reports that have been gradually building up over the last week or so.

    First spotted by AppleInsider, a growing number of complaints on Apple's support forums detail the issue, which is affecting Mac owners with iPads, iPhones, and Apple Watches. The issue has also been picked up on MacRumors' forums, while at least one MacRumors staff member has experienced the same problem.


    On updating to macOS High Sierra, some users report that iMessages only appear on their Mac after a long delay compared to their iPads and iPhones. Others have noticed that notifications are not coming through at all on other devices connected to the same iCloud account.

    Some contributors to Apple's support forum and the MacRumors forum have suggested a couple of temporary fixes, including disabling and re-enabling messages, or sending messages on a Mac instead of an iOS device. Recent beta versions of macOS High Sierra don't appear to solve the problem, making reverting to macOS Sierra the only persistent workaround. Meanwhile, a community bug report has been created to alert Apple to the issue.

    There's some speculation that the bug could be related to changes to the way iMessages function behind the scenes. Apple is working to bring iCloud syncing to iMessage in macOS High Sierra and iOS 11, so that deleting a message on one device removes it from all devices linked to the same account, for example. The advertised feature was pulled when the two operating systems were launched, but Apple hopes to introduce it later this fall.

    Article Link: macOS High Sierra Users Report Significant Delays Receiving iMessages and SMS Texts
  2. fizzyfizz macrumors member


    Jan 27, 2010
    TQ12 - UK
    Yep, I'm experiencing this problem. Glad I'm not the only one!
  3. ncrypt macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2012
    Ditto. Frustrating to have to keep re-enabling my Apple ID for iMessage. Although it seems to be working better the past few days.
  4. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
    Is macOS becoming Windows while Windows is trying to become macOS?
  5. sorinc03 macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2009
    Been experiencing the same thing since High Sierra came out on 9/25. Also seeing a number of issues with FaceTime on High Sierra.
  6. chama98 macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2014
    yep me too. even when I receive a text message on my iPhone and not getting it on my iPad! I have to make sure I go into the messages settings on my iPhone to make sure that the text message forwarding function is still turned on as in the past I have found that it turns itself off.

    Think its another reason why Apple are pushing updates and new features out without checking and bug bashing. Its like Microsoft. There will be another 'security update for your apple device' along soon!
  7. AngryBrit macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2016
    Happened since upgrading to High Sierra. Still does it. Very annoying!
  8. macgabe macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2012
    Thanks for confirming. I and everyone I correspond with have this. It takes 20 to 40 mins for messages to come through. It’s like we’re back in the 1990s again. Photos also syncing very slowly or not at all. So seems to be a retrieval or backend problem.
  9. elf69 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    Yes I too getting the delays on my 2010 macbook.

    my 2007 imac with El Cap is fine.

    It's annoying as use imessage while at work to talk to fiancee as no phone reception at work.
  10. macgabe macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2012
    I’ve done many tests and have tried many combinations of turning on and off ID or Cloud
  11. Zoddino macrumors regular


    Jun 27, 2010
    Same here, I'm also facing problems with photos, notes and contacts sync ever since upgrading to High Sierra. Hopefully 10.13.1 will fix this and I can't wait for iMessage in the cloud too
  12. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Confirms what I've been experiencing as well
    Hope they get it sorted soon
  13. NachoGrande macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2010
    That transition happened with windows 10.
  14. bfreek macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2015
    i've had this problem forever. with every bloody version of macos. some days it's worse than others. but it's generally flakey.
  15. faded_glory macrumors regular


    Oct 13, 2016
    I'm on Virgin UK. Their slowness is unbeatable. Not noticed any extra lag with HS.

    Sent this day, October 18th in the year of our Lord 1817.
  16. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    Lol. These releases haven’t been good. iOS 11 is becoming Android with how laggy it’s gotten.
  17. Nozuka, Oct 18, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2017

    Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
    There are plenty of problems with every big feature update of Windows 10. So no.

    It's actually worse than Windows 7, because W7 didn't really change and just got security and bug fixes.

    They are defnitely heading into the same direction though. But i'm not sure it's a good one.
  18. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    I’m quite aware that bugs exist and no software is perfect, but I sure am glad that the professional software I rely on for my job takes 1-3 months to certify for Apple’s new operating system that comes out every year. That means that I cannot switch over to High Sierra until at least November or December. And that has worked out really well for me since nowadays all of Apple’s operating systems essentially are in beta mode for the first couple of months after public release.

    Don’t worry folks, I love Apple, but unfortunately, over the last 5 years they have changed. They still make great products, but they have been drifting more and more away from producing software that “just works”. All of Apple’s operating systems (mac or mobile) are riddled with problems and it takes them the better part of 6 to 10 months to get everything running smoothly and then the cycle repeats itself all over again since they feel compelled to release something new every single year. It’s sad really. And it’s not the same insanely great company we used to know.
  19. SoundJudgment, Oct 18, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2017

    SoundJudgment macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2017
    Intercontinental Carrier-pigeon delivery is the wave of the future, by Jove!
  20. Populus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2012
    Valencia, Spain.
    Oh man, this year's Apple software is being a complete disaster...
  21. xpxp2002 macrumors regular

    May 3, 2016
    I’ve had this issue since at least El Capitan. Not sure why people are just noticing now.
  22. Mr. Donahue macrumors 6502

    Mr. Donahue

    Sep 17, 2014
    “Continuity “ and handoff has never been a smooth experience for me. Since it’s anouncsmenf with what? iOS 10 and Yosemite? I’ve been waiting for the experience to improve. It’s not there yet. I’m still waiting. I don’t know if they’ll ever figure it out. That Craig has great ideas but just can’t seem to make it happen.
  23. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    If you're seeing this issue, please report it to Apple. They don't fix a problem if they don't have significant data to show it's impacting many.

    Don't just assume someone else will vote for you. That's how we end up with political officials we don't like.
  24. GaribaldiDuck macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2017
    Yep. Experiencing this also, along with the cursor not responding to trackpad input off and on throughout the day on my mid-2014 13" MBP.

    First OS update that I wish I hadn't applied.

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