iMessage Photos Not Showing on Mac, 4 Methods to Fix It

Keep reading this article to know more about the reasons for iMessage photos not showing on Mac and the best ways to resolve the issue. In case you have lost data while trying out the fixes, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will be beneficial to restore them.

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iMessage allows you to send and obtain pictures, voice recordings, videos, and more from your contacts. With the current update of iMessage, you can transmit a Check-In to share the ETA of reaching a location. You can go through the photos in the Photos application, whatever you have received on iMessage. But often, the users are grumpy about their "iMessage photos not showing" on a Mac after installing them.

This article will demonstrate the top 4 fixes for iMessage photos not showing! Before proceeding with the fixes, you should know that this error often leads to data loss. However, professional data retrieval software can restore your lost photos from accidental deletion, emptying trash bins, or other data loss events, such as photos disappearing from a Mac after the update.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is a one-stop software that supports photo recovery under different situations, including iMessage photos disappearing. If you have lost iMessage photos, you can quickly restore them on your MacBook with the help of EaseUS software.

The leading features of this professional data retrieval software are the following:

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Then follow the steps to recover your iMessage photos that were not showing up on your Mac.

Note: You can create a backup by clicking the "Disk Backup" on the left first. When the disk is damaged or the photos on the disk are accidentally lost, you can get the photos back from the backup image.

Step 1. Scan for lost photos

Select the location where your valuable photos were lost and click the "Search for lost files" button.

select a location where you lost photos and click Search for lost files

Step 2. Select wanted photos

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately start a scan on your selected disk volume. Meanwhile, the scanning results will be presented in the left pane. By Path and Type, you can quickly filter the photos you've lost earlier.

scan for lost photos on Mac

Step 3. Recover lost photos

Select the target photos and click the "Recover" button to get them back at once.

recover photos from Mac

After retrieving your lost photos from iMessage, you can read the following fixes to solve the iMessage photos not showing up error!

Fix 1. Check the Internet to Fix iMessage Photos Not Showing

Several factors contribute to iMessage pictures not appearing on a Mac, such as disabled MMS, poor internet connection, inadequate storage space, Apple ID issues, iCloud or iOS settings problems, etc.

First, verify the settings and the status of every network service, for example, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth in Network Settings. These are the steps to check your Mac's internet connection:

Step 1. Opt for "Apple menu > System Settings", and hit "Network" in the sidebar.

Click Network in System Settings

Step 2. The used network service must have a green indicator, and you will notice the "connected" term. In order to see more details about your network service, click to select it.

Fix 2. Free Up Your Mac Storage Space

If you're running out of storage on your MacBook, you should know that you're among 80% of Mac users who face similar issues with their system. In order to liberate your Mac storage space, you need to check the storage on your Mac first. The steps are the following:

Step 1. Navigate to the "Apple" menu and hit "System Settings".

Step 2. Opt for "General > Storage".

select storage in system settings

Step 3. Select every segment for more details.

Once you have found out how much storage is left on your MacBook, it's time to free up space by removing unused applications and their leftovers. As new applications take up much space on your MacBook, luckily, this method is the easiest one:

Step 1. Navigate to "Finder" and opt for "Applications".

Step 2. Get a useless application, drag it to the "Trash" by clicking the "Move to Bin" option, and empty the Trash bin.

drag an app to trash

Suppose you deleted files on your Mac but didn't free up Mac storage space. Don't worry! This article provides effective methods to help you solve the no-space problem on your Mac.

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Fix 3. Check iMessage Settings on Your Mac

These are the steps to check iMessage settings on your Mac:

Step 1. In the "Messages" application on your Mac.

Step 2. Opt for "Messages > Settings".

message settings on Mac

Fix 4. Update the iMessage App on Your Mac

If your iCloud account can't be synced on your own, it's possible to update it manually in the Messages application. These are the steps to follow:

Step 1. Opt for "Preference/Settings" under the "Messages" menu. Otherwise, you may hit "Command +, (comma)" on the keyboard.

Step 2. Opt for the "iMessage" tab.

Step 3. Tick the box adjacent to "Enable Messages in iCloud". Hit "Sync now".

enable messages in iCloud

Step 4. The "Messages" application must sync now, and the fresh items will emerge.

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Sending or getting pictures over iMessage frequently results in the pictures not appearing on Mac. Almost all workable workarounds for the iMessage photographs not appearing on Mac are included in this post. You can make sure that your iMessage discussions are consistently filled with dynamic multimedia material by adhering to these guidelines. If all other attempts don't succeed, your photos might disappear permanently.

To avoid such catastrophes in the future, you can utilize iTunes or iCloud to back up your data. But if you have lost iMessage photos on your Mac, you should download the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac today!

iMessage Photos Not Showing on Mac FAQs

Go through the FAQs below if iMessage photos are not showing on Mac:

1. Why can't I see images on iMessage?

iMessage pictures that don't display can be frustrating. There are many possibilities as to why this might happen, such as your Mac running low on storage capacity, preventing images from being received in iMessage. You inadvertently erased iMessage photographs that you obtained on your Mac while cleaning the cache or storage.

2. Why have my iMessage photos disappeared?

iMessage typically vanished as a result of a problematic macOS update, an incorrect iCloud synchronization, etc. Written communications, including images, may experience picture disappearance since MacBook Messages continue to index files but do not display them. Additionally, some customers said that since their Mac's storage was complete, some of their text messages vanished.

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