iMessages is really cool, and apparently it gives AT&T’s CEO bad dreams of happy customers because it gives us sweet little SMS messages for free. For the most part, iMessages works really well, except there are times when messages get all delayed you miss some important conversations between friends. Brian Chen at the New York Times’ and a number of other iMessage users have been experiencing frequent delays lately with their messages, but here’s a quick way to fix it.
The problem with messages being delayed is usually caused by a problem by an early version of iMessage for the Mac that Apple released in February. The relay between the OS X iMessages beta client and the version on your iOS devices sometimes gets bogged up and messages don’t get send to your iOS devices as quickly. To fix it so that you receive your iMessages in a timely manner on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you should try uninstalling the Messages beta client on your Mac so that the cache can catch back up on all synced devices. Here’s how to uninstall the beta in three simple steps:
- From the Messages application menu, choose Uninstall Messages Beta….
- A dialog will appear, asking you to confirm uninstallation of Messages Beta and reinstallation of iChat. Verify that you wish to do this.
- Restart your Mac when prompted.
I haven’t experienced this bug because I rarely use iMessages on the Mac, but if you’ve been afflicted, we’d love to hear your story in the comments below.
- Source NYT