how to find old chats/attachments in Messages

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To see all your chat messages sorted in folders by date, navigate to

~/Library/Containers/com.apple.iChat/Data/Library/Messages

Rather than laboriously copying all that down, an easy way to get to the folder is by tripple-clicking the line above to highlight it. Then control-click on the highlighted text and use the contextual menu to choose Services > Reveal in Finder. Browse through the Archive folder you find therein.

You can also find all your sent and received images and attachments in

~/Library/Messages/Attachments

Of course, they won’t appear if you’ve deleted them. However, if you have Time Machine enabled, you should be able to find even deleted ones in the same places in your T.M backups. Equally, if you don’t have any old messages or attachments or if you’ve just fired up Messages for the first time, these folders may not exist yet.

🙂

About philastokes

Independent Software Developer, Technical Writer and Researcher at SentinelOne. Explaining the unexplainable with images, video and text. Scripting anything imaginable in AppleScript, Bash, Python and Swift.

Posted on November 22, 2013, in Mavericks, Messages and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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