How to Delete iMessage Chat History on MacOS

Every day people use the iMessage app on MacOS. So much use and so many conversations can fill up space on the computer and for this reason it is advisable to delete these conversations, or their history from time to time so as not to saturate the application and have more order in the conversations section.

Here you will learn how to delete chat history using keyboard shortcuts , manually and using an app, as well as other useful features when using iMessage on MacOS, totally different from a text message.

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  1. In which versions of MacOS is it possible to delete iMessage conversation history?
  2. How to clear iMessage chat history on MacOS systems?
    1. manually
    2. Using keyboard commands
    3. Using iCarePhone
  3. How to recover deleted message from iMessage chat history?

In which versions of MacOS is it possible to delete iMessage conversation history?

The versions in which it is possible and offers to execute the option to delete the conversation history cover all versions of MacOS, since it allows this feature to be carried out in any older or more updated version, so you will not have any problem in any MacOS system that you are using.

How to clear iMessage chat history on MacOS systems?

In order to carry out the activity of deleting the message history of the iMessage application, there are two ways to do it, one being manually and with keyboard shortcuts. In addition to this, it is also possible to delete iMessage chat history using an application , here you will see the instructions for each of them.


Manually you will have to enter commands to the computer to execute the action of deleting the conversation history of the iMessage application, with these simple steps you will be able to do it correctly:

  1. The first thing you should do is close the application if it is previously open.
  2. Then, go to the Finder program from the MacOS dock and then perform the key combination ‘CMD + Shift + G’ where the folder will open.
  3. Next, in the box that corresponds to the search bar, enter the words ~ / Library / Messages /.
  4. The next thing to do is select what you want to delete and move it to the trash, you can do it all together or separately, in case you want to delete only some specific ones and not all.
  5. The last step will be to empty the trash and restart the application to update the changes made.

Using keyboard commands

With keyboard commands it is possible to execute tasks quickly, there is a keyboard command to delete iMessage chats easily. However, with this procedure the conversations will be deleted permanently, proceed with these indications to achieve it:

  1. The first step will be to close the iMessage app completely, you will be directed to the ‘rm’ promptwhere you will type ‘rm -r ~/Library/Messages/chat.*’
  2. Then to delete everything type ‘rm -r ~/Library/Messages/Attachments/??’. Remember that with this method everything is permanently deleted ,so you must be sure to delete the information in this way, if you only want to choose a specific file use the previous method.
  3. Finally, restart the messages application and when you reopen it you should have all your history completely empty.

Using iCarePhone

The last and easiest way is the one you will see below, the only detail is that you must download an application called Tenorshare iCareFone and then execute the procedure as follows:

  1. When you have the aforementioned application installed, access it and go to the section that says ‘Speedup & Clean’.
  2. Afterwards, click on ‘Deep Clean’ and slide the button of ‘iMessage’ to put it in ‘ON’ in this way you will do it correctly.
  3. Then, click on the ‘Scan Now’ option, the application will proceed to perform a scan and upon completion of the scan you must click on the ‘Clean Now’ option, in this way all the history of your iMessage will be deleted.

How to recover deleted message from iMessage chat history?

Every day it happens that when deleting the chat history in a messaging application, people make a mistake or regret deleting said chat in its entirety due to important information or any other situation. On these occasions there are alternatives that allow you to recover a specific message or several , to do so you can proceed in two ways.

The first is that most Apple users have an iPhone mobile and on many occasions two devices are synchronized, so if you delete the MacOS history they must be saved on the cell phone.

The other way is that each MacOS comes with an automatic saving system called ‘Time machine’ which makes a backup every 24 hours, so you can search for this section and go to the time or date of said message.


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