OS Sierra and iMessage history

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by jnappleseed, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. jnappleseed macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2013
    Athens, Georgia
    So I have run into an annoyance with iMessage on my mac that's running OS Sierra. When I launch the iMessage app, I delete all the messages. I then go into the library folder in the finder, navigate to the "messages" folder and I delete the contents of the folder and empty the trash. So this should delete everything. However, if I open spotlight search and search something, old iMessage conversations appear. If I tap on a conversation from spotlight search, it will launch the chat transcript. Keep in mind, these are OLD - over 6 months old. So how can I properly delete the iMessage history on my mac, so that once deleted none appear in spotlight search?
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    You may need to re-index the entire drive after the deletion.

    "Mail & Messages" (El Capitan...not running Sierra here but I think it's the same) can be unchecked in System Preferences>Spotlight>Search Results. I'm not sure if adding specific folders to Privacy can single out Messages, but you might give it a shot.

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