1. jeffdanger's Avatar
    I have Imessage set to keep messages for one year. On at least one of my contacts, there are only two weeks of messages available--won't go back any further. All the others are fine--messages go back one year. They were all previously there. How do I get them back? The messages go back to an Icloud link of photos I received on 12/25 but nothing before that--maybe that has something to do with it?
    01-10-2019 08:42 AM
  2. kataran's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore

    I keep my message set to forever to avoid such issues. Can’t say why only one contact is effected on your device but it’s a new year

    Stay tuned someone that has the One Year setting on there messages might shed some light
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    01-10-2019 11:14 AM
  3. Spencerdl's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore

    I keep my message set to forever to avoid such issues. Can’t say why only one contact is effected on your device but it’s a new year

    Stay tuned someone that has the One Year setting on there messages might shed some light
    Exactly this.
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    01-10-2019 11:33 AM
  4. Annie_8plus's Avatar
    I also have messages set to forever. I occasionally with go in and delete attachments to avoid space issues. It's odd that the missing messages are from specific contacts. Is there anyway they have access to your iPhone or your account?
    01-10-2019 12:05 PM
  5. jeffdanger's Avatar
    Thanks for the replies. No one else has access to my messages or account. And it seems to me if I have the setting set at one year the forever option is not significant unless I want to keep more than one year. I just want it to do what it says--keep my messages for one year. All the other messages seem to adhere to the one year rule except this one set of messages.
    01-10-2019 05:33 PM
  6. joemd60's Avatar
    I don’t understand the message time frame. To ask a stupid question. If I delete a message, if you have it set to keep forever. Than where do the messages go if I want to access them again?
    01-10-2019 06:46 PM
  7. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I don’t understand the message time frame. To ask a stupid question. If I delete a message, if you have it set to keep forever. Than where do the messages go if I want to access them again?
    I could be mistaken, but I‘m under the impression that messages that are not intentionally deleted remains for preset time period.
    joemd60 and nikkisharif like this.
    01-10-2019 07:24 PM
  8. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I have Imessage set to keep messages for one year. On at least one of my contacts, there are only two weeks of messages available--won't go back any further. All the others are fine--messages go back one year. They were all previously there. How do I get them back? The messages go back to an Icloud link of photos I received on 12/25 but nothing before that--maybe that has something to do with it?
    Is it possible for someone to have deleted them, especially using a different device configured with the same Apple ID and passcode?
    kataran likes this.
    01-10-2019 07:26 PM
  9. kataran's Avatar
    I don’t understand the message time frame. To ask a stupid question. If I delete a message, if you have it set to keep forever. Than where do the messages go if I want to access them again?
    If you have it set to forever you can still delete a message thread manually. I believe the forever is what it means unless you delete and you can’t get them back probably why they changed it to a two step delete process.

    Obviously if there backed up you can access them with some work on your part
    joemd60 likes this.
    01-10-2019 07:32 PM
  10. joemd60's Avatar
    I could be mistaken, but I‘m under the impression that messages that are not intentionally deleted remains for preset time period.
    If you have it set to forever you can still delete a message thread manually. I believe the forever is what it means unless you delete and you can’t get them back probably why they changed it to a two step delete process.

    Obviously if there backed up you can access them with some work on your part
    Thank-you.
    kataran likes this.
    01-10-2019 07:33 PM

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