How to Sync Messages with iCloud in macOS High Sierra and iOS 11

When iOS 10 was released last year, there were countless features added to the Messages app, and users began to think that they couldn’t think of any better service in future. But Apple never ceases to surprise its users with awesome features. In its latest release of iOS 11, Apple introduced Messages on iCloud. This means users can now sync Messages with iCloud in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.

Once you sync Messages on iCloud in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, you can access those messages across your Apple devices like Mac and iPad. This also means you can check your messages (and iMessages too) on other devices connected with iCloud. If you delete a message on iPhone, the same will be removed from other iOS device as well. For security of your messages, you should not worry as all your data is protected in the cloud.

How to Transfer and View Messages on iCloud on iPhone and Mac

Quick Links:

How to Enable ‘Messages on iCloud’ on iPhone/iPad iOS 11

Step #1: Open Settings app on your iPhone/iPad.

Tap on Settings

Step #2: Swipe down and tap on Messages app from the list.

Tap on Messages

Step #3: Next, toggle the switch Messages on iCloud.

Toggle on Messages on iCloud

The Messages data will be uploaded on your iCloud.

How to Enable Messages on iCloud on Mac in macOS High Sierra

Users who have already synced Messages on iCloud on iOS devices will receive a message on their Mac (connected with the same iCloud), and they can enable it on the Mac. Simply click on Allow to go ahead.

Step #1: Open Messages on Mac.

Step #2: Now click on Messages menu from upper right corner of Mac and choose Preferences.

Step #3: A dialog box opens up and here click on Accounts.

Step #4: If you are enabling Messages on iCloud on Mac without syncing Messages on iOS device, you can choose iMessage account also. This option can be seen in the left navigation on ‘Accounts’ dialog box. Simply click on the check box titled ‘Enable this account’ which is seen under your Apple ID.

Step #5: You can now click on the check box ‘Enable Messages on iCloud’ (this is right under ‘Enable this account’).

How to Sync Messages on iCloud in iOS 11 (Manually)

Step #1: Launch Settings app on iOS device.

Tap on Settings

Step #2: Scroll down and open Messages.

Tap on Sync Now

Under the Messages on iCloud toggle, you can see date and time of last sync; and there you can also see Sync Now option in blue fonts. You need to tap on this option.

How to Disable Messages on iCloud on iPhone/iPad in iOS 11

Step #1: Go to Settings→ Messages and then toggle the switch ‘Messages on iCloud’ OFF.

Turn off Messages on iCloud

A menu will swipe up from the bottom of your iOS device. There are two options: Disable This Device and Disable All.

If you choose the first option, the feature will be disabled on the device only. And if you select the second one, the feature will be disabled on all devices.

You can select any one option here; choice is yours.

How to Disable Messages on iCloud on Mac in macOS High Sierra

Step #1: ON your Mac, click on Messages app from dock.

Step #2: Next, click Messages menu and then Preferences.

Step #3: Now click on Accounts tab from the dialog box.

Step #4: Here, simply click on the check box: Enable Messages on iCloud.

That’s it!

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