MacOS: Names not showing up in Messages/iMessages.

I'm usually texting via my Mac most of the time.  So when I receive a text from a known number and it's not translated/associated to a name, it raises questions for me.  Why?  Long story short, one of my accounts (gmail) in this case where most of my contacts are stored wasn't syncing properly.  Don't know why, but here is what you can look for to resolve the issue.

Things to Check:
  1. Launch the Contacts App
    • Preferences > Accounts
    • Make sure all accounts are enabled
      • In my case, one gmail account showed enabled, but this "fetch" dropdown was missing.  I had to re-enable this particular account in systems preferences for it to 'wake-up'.  See Step 2.
  2. Launch System Preferences
    • Select Internet Accounts
    • Make certain all accounts have "Contacts" selected
      • If they are, as they were in my case, toggle the checkbox off, then back on.
After fixing this, everything started syncing properly.  Unsure what caused the problem, but figure I'd post this since Google didn't really forward me to a properly solution.


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