Keep all your messages in iCloud

iCloud keeps your entire message history updated and available on all your devices, even when you have set up a brand-new device.

Here’s how it works

Messages in iCloud are updated automatically, so you always have the same view everywhere that you use iMessage. If you have deleted a message, photo or conversation on one device, it will be removed from all of your devices. And since all of your attachments are stored in iCloud, you can save space on your device.

You can use Messages in iCloud on your iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Before you begin

Turn on Messages in iCloud

Turn on Messages in iCloud from Settings on your iPhone and iPad, or Preferences on your Mac.

iPhone showing apps using iCloud

On your iPhone and iPad

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap [your name].
  3. Tap iCloud.
  4. Turn on Messages.

On your Mac

  1. Open Messages.
  2. In the menu bar, choose Messages > Preferences.
  3. Click iMessage.
  4. Select the checkbox next to Enable Messages in iCloud.

Mac iMessage settings screen with Enable Messages in iCloud selected

Turn off Messages in iCloud

When you turn off Messages on your iPhone, iPad or Mac, you can choose to turn off Messages in iCloud for just that device or all of your devices. Any device that has Messages in iCloud still turned on continues to store whatever you send and receive from that device in iCloud.

On your iPhone and iPad:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap [your name] > iCloud.
  3. Turn off Messages.

On your Mac:

  1. Open Messages.
  2. In the menu bar, choose Messages > Preferences.
  3. Click iMessage.
  4. Deselect the checkbox next to Enable Messages in iCloud.

 

If you turn off Messages in iCloud on an iPhone or iPad, your message history will be included in a separate iCloud backup.

Make the most of Messages

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