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How to use icloud for imessage?

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Answer # 1 #

You’ll almost certainly want to turn this feature on as it improves on the sort of half-baked syncing feature that was the only option in previous releases. Before, if you were signed into the same Apple ID on your iPhone and iPad, then the Messages apps on each device would simply show incoming messages at the same time. As you replied back and forth, each device updated the conversation threads in unison.

But this had big limitations. The devices all needed to be powered on and connected to the internet at once; if a device was offline, it wouldn’t ever get the messaging changes from your other devices. And if you deleted a conversation—say, a list of two-factor authentication codes—they would only disappear from the device you’re currently using.

Messages in iCloud fixes all that. It stores all your Messages (iMessages and SMS texts), including attachments and images, to your iCloud account and syncs them between devices. All your devices always have the most recent state. If you delete a thread, it deletes everywhere. If you set up a brand new device, it will have your entire Messages history.

And if you’re worried about security, note that Apple assures us that all your iMessages, including files and photos, are still end-to-end encrypted.

First, you’re going to need iOS 11.4 or later on your iPhone or iPad.

In iOS beta versions prior to the release of 11.4, you would be prompted to enable Messages in iCloud the first time you opened the Messages app. Just agree, and you’re good to go. In the final iOS 11.4 release, that prompt appears to be gone—you’ll have to dig into your Settings to enable the feature.

You’ll need to be plugged in and connected to Wi-Fi in order for your Messages history to sync up the first time. There may be a lot of data there, and Apple doesn’t want to kill your battery (or data plan) uploading it. After the initial sync, everything should always stay up to date as long as you’re connected to the Internet.

Enabling Messages in iCloud is a little different on the Mac.

Miklas gpnwns
Answer # 2 #

In the Messages app on your Mac, do one of the following: macOS Ventura: Choose Messages > Settings, click iMessage, then select Enable Messages in iCloud. macOS 12 or earlier: Choose Messages > Preferences, click iMessage, then select Enable Messages in iCloud.

Emad Morand
Chief Learning Officer
Answer # 3 #

Most people know that iCloud is a great way to store backups of your photos, contacts, and documents.

But did you know you can also use it to sync your text messages, allowing you to access them from anywhere?

You can even send text messages without having your phone in your hand, straight from the Messages app on your Mac or another Apple device, and have any message you've sent or received viewable on any synced device.

Here's how to sync text messages to iCloud so you can view them on all your Apple devices.

1. Open the Settings app on your device.

2. At the top of the Settings menu, tap your name to get to your Apple ID page.

3. Tap iCloud.

4. Toggle the Messages switch to the on position – this will turn it green.

Once you've done this, any text messages you send on your phone will automatically sync to iCloud.

1. Open the Messages app on your Mac.

2. In the menu bar at the very top of your screen, click Messages.

3. Select Preferences.

4. Click the iMessage tab at the top of the Preferences window.

5. Click the checkbox next to where it says Enable Messages in iCloud.

Deja Byrne
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Answer # 4 #
  • Log-in to your iCloud account. Dr.
  • Download iCloud backup.
  • Restore your messages from the backup.
Demetrius Ferré
Chief Digital Officer