How To: View Timestamps in Messages for iOS and OS X

Posted in How To, iOS, Mac, OS X on 05/02/2016 by Chris Hauk


The Messages app on iOS devices and the Mac allow you to easily send messages, photos, videos, and more during your daily communication with the outside world. (Or, just the person sitting at the desk next to yours.)

How To: View Timestamps in Messages for iOS and OS X

Occasionally, you may need to know when you sent/received a message to/from another party. This could be because there is a dispute as to when you were informed of something important, or maybe you just want to prove you really did invite Crazy Charlie to the party BEFORE everyone had already left the bar.


Viewing Messages Timestamps in iOS

How To: View Timestamps in Messages for iOS and OS X

To view a message timestamp in the Messages app on your iOS device, a single finger is all it takes. Simply open the conversation in question, place your finger on the screen, and swipe left and hold. The time each message in a conversation was sent or received will be displayed on the right hand side of the screen.


Viewing Messages Timestamps in OS X

How To: View Timestamps in Messages for iOS and OS X

Oddly enough, it only takes a single digit to view the timestamp on a message in a conversation in the messages app on a Mac too! Open the conversation in question, and using your finger on your Mac’s trackpad, hover the mouse pointer over a sent or received message balloon, and the date and time of the message will appear as a floating tooltip-like textbox.

Wasn’t that simple? Sure, many of you already know these tricks and tips we share here, but keep in mind, new users come to the iOS or OS X world every day, and hopefully tips like these will help them feel a bit more at home in their new environment.


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

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