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How do you delete all iMessages on Mac?

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Now Press Option + Command + K, or you can right-click on an empty space in a conversation window and select the Clear Chat Transcript option. You can do this for each conversation on you Mac or Macbook to quickly delete all of the iMessages.

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On iDevices, you can naturally delete messages one by one. But when it comes to Mac, where does your iPhone sync with? You would want to remove all iMessages on Mac at once.

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We’ll introduce two methods for you to quickly purge every message in your IM account simultaneously. First we’ll show you how to do it through the Finder app; then we’ll talk about a quicker way to remove all iMessage records from your Mac that instantly removes them all within seconds using keystroke shortcuts. The latter is fast and efficient since only takes 1-2 clicks while the former requires a little more effort to navigate through the Finder app.

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Step 1: Pull up your Dock bar, then open the “Finder” icon under Applications. Or go to Spotlight by hitting Command + Spacebar and start typing “Finder”. Click on it when you find it in results.

Step 2: Next, drag up or down from the top of the screen where you see “/” next to “Go Menu”, then select /Users/your username/Library as shown below . Click on Go if you’re using a Macbook, otherwise hit Enter or double-click on it!

Long press Delete key and confirm by tapping OK when prompted with the following alert – “Do you want to remove ‘Message Viewer.app'” if you’re using Mac OS Sierra or earlier version, and “Remove Message Viewer” for macOS High Sierra & Mojave.

Step 3: Click on Go once more to return to the main Library directory or hit Command + Spacebar again to show Spotlight instantly and start typing in “Messages” without quotes. Then click on Messages when it shows up (a folder). Right-click inside this folder, select Move To Trash, then hit Enter or double-click on it! That’s all! You can see how perfectly deleted iMessage records are immediately after trash is emptied out of your Macbook Pro monitor.

(Tip) While message deletion in Mac is no longer a problem, you are still required to trash them separately on iPhone or iPad. Moreover, receiving new messages won’t sync with your Macbook until it’s deleted from the iOS device first! For these reasons we recommend using the 2nd method to delete all iMessages in bulk on your Macbook Pro or other devices.

Remove All Messages via Keystroke Shortcuts (Instant and Efficient)

Step 1: Click on Apple logo at top-left corner of your desktop screen; then click System Preferences… under Show section when Quick Access Menu shows up.

You will see “System Preferences” window pop out immediately afterward; select Keyboard for shortcuts’ settings, then hit “+” icon to add a new keyboard shortcut.

Step 2: Click on the “Service” tab which has appeared, then enter ‘com.apple.iChat’ (for older Mac OS X only) or ‘Messages’ for the Menu Title, as well as selecting ‘/Library/Messages’ in the Keyboard Shortcut field dropdown menu – See screenshot below .

Step 3: Click on File Menu next, you will notice only two options listed under Application Shortcuts and neither of them is any use to us at this point since we need to remove all iMessage records without affecting their respective apps (or apps that rely on Messages). Therefore click + icon once more to create another custom service if it’s not done yet. Then type “purge” (without quotes) for Name, “/Library/Messages/” in Keyboard Shortcut field, and click on Add button to save changes.

Step 4: Let’s test out the new keystroke shortcut now! Click on Apple logo at top-left corner of your desktop screen again; then select System Preferences… under Show section when Quick Access Menu shows up. Now you can find “System Preferences” directly listed as an icon under Recent Items. Click on it! If it opens yet another time around you’re going in circles; hit Command + H hotkey combo once or twice to close all open apps, including System Preferences if still not working. Then repeat Step 1 – 3 again until you get it right!

Step 5: Select Keyboard → Text for settings, then click on the “+” icon to add a new shortcut. You will see the pop-up window asking you to pick an app or service; select “Service”; and enter “purge” (without quotes) in Service field dropdown menu. Now check out the 3rd option titled “Keyboard Shortcut”. Click on it, then under “Default” field drag down to change from Control + option + Command + E hotkey combo (if you’re using Mac OS Sierra and later version) to just Command + Option + E shortcut key. Or set hotkey combination of your own choice except Control+Option+Command+E as shown below . Click on OK button to save all changes.

Step 6: Go to “Messages” folder on your Macbook Pro, and enter this directory by clicking on Go → Messages (if not there already). Then you will see all your iMessage records sorted in a few different folders like ‘Inbox’, ‘Outbox’, etc. Click on each specific folder to delete the files in it. Or open every single message file from inside Inbox directly using Finder or Spotlight instead of opening them one by one! Once done simply trash these records (see above) when purged successfully. That’s all! Note that deleting messages via Quick Access Menu is much faster than standard method!

(Tip) Make sure you remove old cache files for iChat/Messages in ~/Library/Caches before attempting to purge all iMessages via keystroke shortcuts! If you do not clear out caches, the app may still be able to access them and thus delete messages from your Macbook or iPhone. Follow steps below to remove Messages cache files efficiently:

(1) Open Finder, then hold down Option key (Alt key for Windows users) while clicking on “Go” menu;

(2) Select Library → Logs folder when “Library” folder shows up, and click Command + A hotkey combination to select all items in that directory at once;

(3) Hit Delete button on keyboard, then choose Move to Trash instead of Disposing when it asks you what method to use;

(4) Click on Empty Trash when asked to confirm removal of Messages cache files.

Step 7: Now that you have deleted all iMessage records, click on Apple logo at top-left corner of your desktop screen and select “System Preferences…”. Choose Keyboard from settings pane at left side of the window. Then make sure “Service” is selected in 2nd column titled “Show:” (2nd row if using Mac OS X 10.6 or earlier version). Scroll down until Service list appears, then select “purge” under Name column to see it’s keyboard shortcut (Command + option + E hotkey combination by default), which should be now set as purge service we created right above this step!

How do you delete all iMessages on Mac?

Now Press Option + Command + K, or you can right-click on an empty space in a conversation window and select the Clear Chat Transcript option. You can do this for each conversation on you Mac or Macbook to quickly delete all of the iMessages.

How to delete individual messages on Mac?

1.Now Click into the message bubble or on the message itself so that it’s highlighted.
2.Right-click and choose “Delete”, or hit the Delete key on the keyboard.
3.And Confirm that you want to delete the message.

How to delete multiple messages on Mac Big Sur?

Shift-clicking does select multiple messages, then hit delete.

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