How to Clear a Chat Transcript in Messages for Mac OS X
The Mac Messages app maintains a transcript of conversations that have been carried out on the computer, thus when you open a message window to a particular sender, you’ll see the prior conversations, pictures, and other sent/received data in the same message thread. If you’d like to clear out these conversations transcripts and related media, you can quickly do that without having to clear all Messages app chat history logs from the entire application.
How to Delete Chat Transcript Logs in Messages for Mac
There are two ways to quickly clear out a chat transcript in Messages app of OS X, perhaps the easiest is directly from an active conversation with a contextual menu:
- Open the Messages app if you haven’t done so yet, and then select the contact or conversation you’d like to delete the chat transcript for
- Right-click (or Control+Click) anywhere in the conversation and choose “Clear Chat Transcript”
- Confirm that you wish to remove the entire chat transcript to wipe the conversation clear from Messages app
- Repeat with other chats as desired
Remember, this removes all messages, photos, videos, and other media sent and received in that conversation, so if you have media or photos you want to save from a Messages thread, be sure to do so before clearing the transcript, because clearing the chat can’t be undone.
Another way to clear a chat transcript is by selecting a conversation in Messagse app, then going through the Edit menu to choose “Clear Transcript”.
The Edit menu “Clear Transcript” approach also has an accompanying keyboard shortcut, which can make things very fast: Shift+Command+K