iPhone messages keep indexing? Try these fixes!

fix iphone messages keeps indexing

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.

fix iphone messages keeps indexing

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 Additionally, it can also be due to inactivity of the Messages app in iCloud, or the outdated software version.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.

Restart Mac

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Outdated software version can also create issues within the app.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.

iphone settings
iphone settings

Step 2: If there is an update available, go ahead and download, and install it by following the on-screen instructions.

Update software on your iPhone

Update Mac

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.

iphone settings
iphone settings

Step 2: Tap on your Apple ID located at the top of the settings page.

apple id settings

Step 3: Next, scroll down and go to the iCloud option.

icloud settings

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.

show all apps iphone

Step 5: Here, disable the Messages iCloud usage and tap on the “Disable and Download Messages” option to confirm.

disabled and download messages

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.

messages preferences mac 2

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.

enable messages in icloud

Step 5: Once done, again checkmark the Enable Messages in iCloud to enable it and see if the issue is fixed.

Bottom Line

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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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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