How to delete iMessages on Mac permanently? In this guide, we will show you how to clear all iMessages on Mac easily and quickly.
Just follow the simple steps below to delete individual or multiple messages on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook or iMac. 1) Quit iMessage on your Mac. 2) Open Finder and press CMD+Shift+G or by navigating to Go Go To Folder. 3) In the dialog, type in /Library/Messages/. Enable Messages in iCloud on your Mac Change your Message App Preferences to Keep Messages for 30 Days or 1 Year Delete an entire conversation with Command + Delete or using File Delete Conversation Delete selections from message threads using a right-click and choosing Delete or Edit Delete. Deleting your iMessages on a Mac is not the hard part. It’s deleting them permanently that requires you to know a few tricks. When you normally delete a message or conversation and you’re using the default iMessage settings, chances are you’re going to recover all of them at some point. In the left column, select the conversation that has the message you want to delete. This opens the messages of that conversation in the right column of the app window. 3 Click the message you want to delete.
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Question: “I painstakingly delete all my iMessages from my Mac but every time someone sends me a new iMessage all earlier messages of that person AND others get downloaded. Is not there a setting that allows me to delete the iMessages permanently from my Mac?”
Like the above user asked, when you delete a conversation in Messages app, it just disappears temporarily. What if you want to remove iMessages from the Message app or from Mac permanently? Read this guide to learn how to delete iMessages on Mac and how to remove them permanently.
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Part 1. How to Delete an iMessage Conversation in Message on Mac
You can delete an iMessage chat on Mac easily by the method below, but those iMessages are recoverable on your Mac.
Step 1. Open Message app on your Mac.
Step 2. On the menu bar, choose Preference of Message.
Step 3. In General setting, here is an option: Save history when conversations are closed. Uncheck it. Next time, when you quite a conversation, and re-launch Messages on your Mac, the previous iMessage chats will not appear anymore.
Part 2. How to Delete Deleted iMessages on Mac Permanently
Do you know that even you have deleted an iMessage conversation from your Mac, it is still visible with some Mac data recovery tools. So how to permanently delete iMessages on Mac?
With MacClean, it is easy to find the deleted iMessages conversations on Mac and it allows you to clear iMessages on Mac permanently. MacClean is a junk file remover, a privacy protector, and a performance optimizer for all Macs. Why not free download it to have a try?
Step 1. Open MacClean from the Launchpad, and click Privacy Issue to start clean.
How to Delete iMessages on Mac Permanently – Step 1
Step 2. After the scan is over, choose App Private Histories to view the details.
How to Delete iMessages on Mac Permanently – Step 2
Step 3. View the deleted iMessages on your Mac, and select the iMessages you want to delete on Mac permanently, and then click Back to go to the result page.
How to Delete iMessages on Mac Permanently – Step 3
Step 4. Click Clean to delete deleted iMessages on Mac.
How to Delete iMessages on Mac Permanently – Step 4
Part 3. How to Delete iMessages History on Mac
You can find and delete the iMessage chat history on your Mac, and remove them.
Step 1. Make sure that you quit Messages app on your Mac.
Step 2. Open Finder, and press CMD+Shift+G (or right click on Finder and choose to Go to Folder…), type in ~/Library/Messages/, and click Go.
Step 3. Here you will see the iMessage Chat Files. Delete the chat.db, chat.db.shm, chat.db.wal files from this folder, and empty your trash.
How to Delete iMessage History on Mac – Step 3
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