As you probably noticed when configuring iMessage on a Mac, you use an Apple ID during the set up process. This allows iMessage to sync all messages between any Macs and any iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad you may have using that same Apple ID. But this doesn’t always work as intended, and sometimes messages sent to the iPhone won’t reach the Mac, and sometimes messages sent to the Mac won’t reach the iPhone, and a myriad of other similar situations. If you find Messages to not be syncing properly between iOS and OS X, the fix is straight forward:
From the iOS Device(s):
Open “Settings” on the iOS device and tap on “Messages”
Scroll down and tap on “Receive At” which is usually followed by a phone number or email address
Tap the “Use your Apple ID for iMessage” button at the top and sign in
Exit out of Settings and return to the Mac briefly.
From the Mac(s):
Double-check the Apple ID used in Messages for Mac is the same as the iMessage setup in iOS
This problem seems to mostly effect users who set up iMessage on the iOS device a while back but based the delivery and caller ID on their phone number and not their Apple ID. Because Messages for Mac uses an Apple ID and not a phone number, the messages won’t sync. Simple cause, simple solution.
Similarly, if you discover that iMessages aren’t syncing between multiple iOS devices, be sure to use your email address and Apple ID as caller ID and all should be working as intended.
If you’ve ever had to explain to someone that iPhone visual voicemail does not literally mean video voicemail, you know the potential disappointment that comes with it. What the user probably envisioned was the ability to record a quick video message and leave that as a video voicemail for the recipient to watch when they receive it. But it turns out that the iPhone can send video messages, they just aren’t going to be labeled as voicemail or sent through FaceTime, and in some ways this makes them even more flexible.
Sending Video Messages from iOS
Here’s how to record and send a video message from the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:
Launch the Camera app
Tap the camera switch button to toggle the front-facing camera
Slide the camera mode from picture to video in the lower right corner
Press the red button at the bottom to start recording a video message, keep it around 30 seconds or less, and hit the stop when finished
Tap the thumbnail in the lower left corner to bring up the camera/video roll with the most recently recorded video
Tap on the square arrow icon and select either “Email Video” or “Message”
Fill out the email or message as usual, specify a recipient, and tap send
From the receiving users perspective, using “Message” will act closer to what a video voicemail may be like, with the recipient getting a notification alert informing them a video has arrived. These come in like a standard MMS, though there’s a small video icon in the lower corner to demonstrate that it’s a movie, and when tapped it plays the video. This is best with iMessage, so be sure iMessage is set up and configured for all users to get the best results.
You can use email as well, though the video message will just be lost in their standard emails and it won’t arrive as a thumbnailed alert as the messages protocol does.
Is this video voicemail? Not quite, but it’s pretty close. Hopefully a future version of FaceTime will allow for video answering machines and voicemail boxes, but until then, using iMessage gets the job done and should satisfy most users.
By Paul Horowitz – iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks –
iMessage keeps track of chat history, providing you with a lengthy record of conversations in a scrollable chat log. Unlike iOS, there isn’t an in-app method to delete the chat history in OS X (yet), instead you will have to turn to the Finder or command line:
Quit out of Messages for Mac
Hit Command+Shift+G to bring up the “Go To Folder” window
Select all files in the Messages directory and move to trash, files will be named chat.db, chat.db-shm, chat.db-wal, etc
Empty the Trash and relaunch iMessages
You can also do this through the command line. Quit out of iMessage and open Terminal, at the prompt type the following:
rm -r ~/Library/Messages/chat.*
Relaunch iMessages and to find an empty chat history.
Remember that iMessages for Mac is currently in beta, there will probably be an easier way to delete chat history in the final version when it ships this summer with OS X Mountain Lion.
Thanks for the tip Kevin!