OS Sierra and iMessage history

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

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  1. jnappleseed macrumors member

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    #1
    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 601

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    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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