Storing messages and iMessages on iCloud was one of the most awaited features and finally, with the release of new iOS 11.4 update, it is now possible to save all our conversations to iCloud, including texts, photos, and other attachments.
The new software update brings the messages synchronization on iCloud in two ways. Firstly, whenever you sign in to any device using the same iCloud credentials, all the stored messages data is transferred to that new device smoothly. Secondly, whenever you create a new conversation thread or delete the existing chat on one device, it is instantly deleted from the iCloud and from all other devices too which are using the same iCloud email and password.
Sidenote: Most users don’t know how to forward iPhone SMS and messages to someone else using the hidden forwarding feature in the messages app for iOS, even I didn’t know about it. If you are just like me who always copy-paste the SMS from one thread to another, you should read our article about forwarding the SMS from iPhone to another contact (s).
Fortunately, Messages in iCloud feature is compatible with all major Apple’s devices. But it requires your device to be on a certain software version.
If you have got iPhone or iPad, it must be updated to the latest iOS 11.4 or beyond. And in case of Macs, macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 update is mandatory. macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 is still in beta stage, but it is scheduled to hit the Macs for public users in the very near future.
Besides the latest software update, there are two other things you are required to perform in order to get this feature.
- You should sign in with the same iCloud account on all the devices to get the same stored message on every device.
- The two-factor authentication feature should be turned on this iCloud account.
It is to be noted that saved messages are yet not available on the icloud.com website. And, there is no official statement from Apple whether it would provide this feature in the form of a web app in the future or not.
Secondly, Apple Watch currently doesn’t support this feature. If we delete a message from iPhone, it gets deleted from the iCloud, but it still remains intact on your Apple Watch. The hopes are high that the next watchOS will be bundled with Messages in iCloud.
How to Turn on This Feature to Store Message on iCloud
Step 1: Fire up settings app from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
Step 2: Tap on your name at the top of the screen.
Step 3: Select iCloud.
Step 4: Scroll down a little bit to find Messages.
Step 5: Tap the toggle switch to turn this feature on.
Step 6: Perform the same steps on your all other devices.
Benefits of Messages in iCloud:
This new feature is really helpful in many ways.
- In case you lose your iPhone, you can get all your messages back from start to end on your device without restoring the whole backup.
- You don’t need to connect your device to the PC to save your messages in the form of a backup. iCloud will automatically store your texts, chats, photos, and other attachments to its servers.
- If you delete a message, it gets deleted from all your devices at the same time. You don’t need to pick up every iPhone, iPad or Mac and delete that individual message manually.
- The most important benefit of storing the message on iCloud is saving some space on your device for other users. If you are a heavy user and sends a lot of messages with attachments and photos, you are going to love this feature.
Have you enabled messages in iCloud feature on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac? What do you say about it?