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Messages app for iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra may not have got too many all new features like its predecessors, but not many of us are complaining about the lack of grand slams, are we? One of the most talked about features that have arrived for the stock Messages app is the “Messages on iCloud.” You can now sync all of your messages to iCloud and quickly access them across your devices like Mac, iPad. Want to find out how it works? Follow through this complete guide to sync “Messages on iCloud” in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.

Thanks to the integration with iCloud, you can easily manage your messages across your devices. For instance, if you clean up unnecessary conversations on your iPhone, the result would reflect on your other devices including Mac. Since your messages are protected with end-to-end encryption, they remain secure in the cloud.

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

How to Set Up and Use “Messages on iCloud” on iPhone and Mac

Quick Navigation

Enable “Messages on iCloud” in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device → Scroll down and tap on Messages.

Tap on Settings Then Messages in iOS 11

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Step #2. Now, turn on the switch next to Messages on iCloud.

Enable Messages on iCloud in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

Now, your device will upload the Messages database to iCloud. The time it will take to upload your contents depends on the number of chats and attachments you have on your device.

Enable Messages on iCloud in macOS High Sierra on Mac

Note: If you have already enabled Messages on iCloud on your iOS device, you will get a prompt on your Mac (synced with the same iCloud account) to enable it on the computer. You just need to click on Allow to get started.

Step #1. Launch Messages app on your Mac → Click on Messages menu at the top left corner and select the Preferences.

Open Message App on Mac and Click on Preferences

Step #2. Now, you need to click Accounts tab in the Messages preferences window.

Click on Account Tab in Messages App in macOS High Sierra

Note: You have to select your iMessage account from the list on the left-hand side and then check the box next to “Enable this account,” if it is not already.

Step #3. Next up, check the box next to “Enable Messages on iCloud.”

Enable Messages on iCloud in macOS High Sierra

Manually Sync your Messages on iCloud in iOS 11

Messages are synced to iCloud on a regular interval. You can see the date and time of the last sync. But just in case, you want to wipe out your device and wish to back up all of your latest messages to the cloud, you would want to force sync them with the iCloud.

Step #1. Open Settings app → Tap on Messages.

Tap on Settings Then Messages in iOS 11

Step #2. Check out the date and time of the last sync right under the Messages on iCloud switch. Tap on Sync Now.

Manually Sync Messages on iCloud on iPhone and iPad

Disable Messages on iCloud on iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Open Settings → Tap on Messages.

Tap on Settings Then Messages in iOS 11

Step #2. Turn off the switch next to Messages on iCloud.

Disable Messages on iCloud on iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

Step #3. Now, you will get two options:

  • Disable This Device: Turn off messages syncing feature only on this device.
  • Disable All: Turn off this feature on all of your devices.

Turn Off Messages on iCloud on iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

Tap on the desired option.

Disable Messages on iCloud in macOS High Sierra

Step #1. Open Messages app on your Mac → Messages menuPreferencesAccount tab.

Click on Account Tab in Messages App in macOS High Sierra

Step #2. Just uncheck the box next to Enable Messages on iCloud.

Disable Messages on iCloud in macOS High Sierra

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