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Remove the history from the new iMessage in Mac OS X

iMessage like most instant messaging applications keeps a record of all conversations made through the application, commonly known as “History”.

As this is a beta version, it does not introduce any method among its current options to remove the history of our conversations.

Remove the history from the new iMessage in Mac OS XRemove the history from the new iMessage in Mac OS X

This information is stored in files and to be able to delete our most intimate conversations we must access the command line (Terminal) or the Finder, this second option may be easier.

The first and fastest option, as I mentioned, is to use the terminal and enter the following command line:

rm-r ~LibraryMessagesChat*

If we don’t understand each other very well with the terminal, we can do it differently. A little longer, but just as effective:

  1. First we must close the Messages application completely.
  2. Press the key combination “Command + Shift + G” to access the “Go to…” window
  3. We introduce the following path: ~Librarymessages
  4. We will now be in the directory where Messages conversations are stored.
  5. We select all the existing files in the directory and delete them (the files you will find in this directory are similar to these: chat.db, chat.db-SHM, chat.db-wal, etc).
  6. We emptied the trash.
  7. We run the iMessages application again. At this point we can check how there is no longer any conversation stored in our side panel.