Messaging is one of the key things that a users do nowadays on a smartphone. And for iPhone users, majority of them uses the in-house Apple Messages app. The Messages app from Apple works seamlessly across all its different platforms i.e. macOS, iOS, iPadOS, etc. This is possible due to the availability of the iCloud facility that keeps all the messages and medias synced to the cloud to be available on the devices.
But soemtimes thsi syncing may not work properly, leading to the “Shared links, photos and more will be shown once Messages finishes indexing.” message to appear in place of the shared messages and media. If you are also facing this isssue constantly, here I have compiles a number of different tips to solve this issue.
How to Fix if iPhone messages keep indexing
If the messages and other media files are constantly indexing the. it can be due to a number of reasons. Some internal glitch or bug can be the primary cause. Additionally, it can also be due to inactivity of the Messages app in iCloud, or the outdated software version. Based on these possibilities, here are the ways to get the issue resolved.
Fix 1: Restart the device
It is very much possible that some temporary glitch in the software is causing the messages not to index within the iCloud. In such a case, you can try restarting the devices as a primary and basic solution.
Restart iPhone or iPad
Step 1: Press and hold the power and either of the volume button until the power off slider appears.
Step 2: Once the slider apperas, drag drag it all the way to the right to switch the phone off.
Step 3: Once the phone is off, press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears.
Step 1: Open the Apple menu by clicking on the Apple logo on the top left of the menu bar.
Step 2: Now, from the drop down menu that appears, click on Restart.
Step 3: Again click on Restart to confirm the selection.
Fix 2: Update your device
Outdated software version can also create issues within the app. Hence make sure to keep your iPhone, iPad and Mac up to date.
Update iPhone or iPad
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone and navigate to General and then Software Update.
Step 2: If there is an update available, go ahead and download, and install it by following the on-screen instructions.
Step 1: Click on the Apple logo on the top left corner and click on About This Mac.
Step 2: Now, under the Overview section, click on the Software Update option.
Your Mac will now start looking for any available updates. If there is any update that shows up then install it by following the on-screen instruction and then see if the Stem works properly.
Fix 3: Toggle On and Off iCloud Messages
Some glitches in the iCloud Messages can also cause the messages indexing error. Hence you can try toggling off and then back on the Messages app in the iCloud settings. Here’s how it’s done.
Toggle Off and On iCloud Messages on iPhone and iPad
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Tap on your Apple ID located at the top of the settings page.
Step 3: Next, scroll down and go to the iCloud option.
Step 4: On the iCloud settings screen, look for the Messages app. If it is not available there then tap on the Show all option and the tap on Messages.
Step 5: Here, disable the Messages iCloud usage and tap on the “Disable and Download Messages” option to confirm.
Step 6: Once done, again toggle the switch of the Messages app back on and see if the issue is now fixed.
Toggle Off and On iCloud Messages on Mac
Step 1: Open the Messages app on your Mac.
Step 2: Click on the Messages option on the top left of the menu bar and go to Preferences.
Step 3: On the preferences window, switch to the iMessage tab.
Step 4: Now, uncheck the Enable Messages in iCloud option and click on the Disable This Device option to confirm.
Step 5: Once done, again checkmark the Enable Messages in iCloud to enable it and see if the issue is fixed.
And that’s it for this fixing guide. I hope you would have got the solution to your problem where the messages keep indexing constantly. The issue generally occurs due to background process conflicts and can be solved by simply restarting the device. Further disabling and then enabling the iCloud and Messages integration can also work. As a best practice, also make sure to keep your device up to date.
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