Created: January 23, 2023

How can I delete multiple apple texts at the same time on my Macbook Pro?

Last Edit: February 3, 2023
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Jessica Miller
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Jessica Miller
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You can delete several conversations at the same time. Select the conversations in the sidebar, Control-click, then choose Delete.
Customer Reply
My question concerns Apple texts and deleting them.
Yes. That technique works find when deleting text one by one. I have so many texts that it is not practical to delete so many using this method. Isn't there a combination of keys available to select all texts and then delete them all with one stroke like what is available using iPhone 13?
Jessica Miller
Jessica Miller Tech Expert & Writer
Select the messages you want to delete and hit the trash button in the bottom left corner. Then click "Delete Message". If you'd like to delete all messages in the thread, tap “Delete All” in the top left corner.
Customer Reply
okay. I'll give it a try
Jessica Miller
Jessica Miller Tech Expert & Writer
Take your time.
Customer Reply
My problem using my 2016 MacBrook Pro is that I can only select one text, not multiple text at the same time like in my iPhone. What keys are used to select multiple texts at the same time.
Jessica Miller
Jessica Miller Tech Expert & Writer
You should press Cmd A on a Mac keyboard.
Customer Reply
okay I'll give it a try. Thanks,
Jessica Miller
Jessica Miller Tech Expert & Writer
Sure, go ahead ;)
Customer Reply
Sorry. No cigar. I'm holding both the Command key and A at the same time then trying to select text. It only selects one text at a time. If a click on a second text, the first one is unselected. So, no change.
Jessica Miller
Jessica Miller Tech Expert & Writer
Got it, so the issue, that you experience in on the Message app, is that correct?
Customer Reply
When I use my iPhone, it easily selects multiple texts at at the same time and then delete using one try. Yes the issue I'm having is using iMessage Version 14
Jessica Miller
Jessica Miller Tech Expert & Writer
I see. Thank you for the information.
Customer Reply
MacBook Pro is running Monterey 12.6.1
Jessica Miller
Jessica Miller Tech Expert & Writer
Great!
To remove all texts, select the first one, press and hold Shift, then select the last one. They should all now be selected.
Also, you can try to: Press Option + Command + K, or you can right-click an empty space in the conversation window and select the Clear Chat Transcript option.
Customer Reply
I'll give it a try
Jessica Miller
Jessica Miller Tech Expert & Writer
Keep me posted, please.
Customer Reply
Sorry, still no cigar. I'm pressing Option,Command,K and then try to selecting multiple text, but one one can be selected.
Jessica Miller
Jessica Miller Tech Expert & Writer
I see.
On the phone, it selects all of the messages?
Customer Reply
I guess it is find the correct key stroke combination is the key. Yes. On the iPhone the Edit option is available and it gives the ability to select multiple message and then delete
Jessica Miller
Jessica Miller Tech Expert & Writer
Yes, correct.
1. Control-click or right-click the Messages icon on the Dock and select Quit.
2. Open Finder and select Go > Go to Folder on the menu bar.
3. Type in the following path and press Enter: ~/Library/Messages
3. On the Finder window that then shows up, select the following folder and files while holding down the Command key:
Attachments
chat.db
chat.db-shm
chat.db-wal
4. Drag the files into the Trash icon on the Dock. Or, control-click or right-click any of the highlighted items and select Move to Trash.
5. Restart your Mac and re-open the Messages app.
Customer Reply
Wow. Is there not a key stroke combination available within Messages that allows deletion of text from within the program? Hard to believe every Mac user would need to go this route to delete more than one text at a time.
Thanks for confirming
Jessica Miller
Jessica Miller Tech Expert & Writer
You are welcome!
Is there anything else I can do for you today?
Customer Reply
I may contact Apple Community for support to confirm or maybe they can recommend a third party product that provides the same functionality offered on iPhone 13. Thanks for trying to resolve for me, but I want to keep probing for a better solution.
Jessica Miller
Jessica Miller Tech Expert & Writer
Sure!
Thank you for chatting with us today!
We are available 24/7, you can refer your questions anytime. Have a nice one!
Customer Reply
okay
Jessica Miller
Jessica Miller Tech Expert & Writer
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