Messages doesn't show contact names, just numbers

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by CobbFC09, May 8, 2014.

  1. CobbFC09 macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2013
    So whenever I use Messages my contacts aren't stored. I have Contacts enabled in iCloud, yet none show up.


    Honestly have no idea what's wrong. Kinda frustrating that something that seems so easy isn't working.
  2. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    Addresses from a message in Messages or an email in the Mail app are not automatically stored in the Contacts app - this is so the info can either be Added to an Existing Contact, or used to Create a New Contact, or ignored altogether if you don't want it in Contacts.

    Once an address has been entered, it is highlighted in blue. Click the name to open a drop-down menu that lets you decide what you want to do.

    (Note that Mail does save/match email addresses from within the Mail app, but you have to consciously put them into Contacts if you want the address to be a contact. Could you imagine if every bit of spam you got was put into Contacts?)
  3. CobbFC09 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2013
    I guess I was under the impression that I could sync my iPhone contacts to the Messages app, but it appears that Apple removed the Info tab that used to allow that and now make you use iCloud.

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