iOS Update: iCloud Text Messages Are Here with iOS 11.4

iOS 11.4 is here, and one of the most long-awaited features included is the ability to store photos and other message attachments in iCloud and sync them across devices. This means, of course, that when you delete a message or attachment it will now be deleted on every iPhone, iPad, or Mac you own (previously, you had to delete the message individually on each device); and when you purchase a new device, all your messages will be there as soon as you sign in to the device. This new capability will offer not only convenience, but also save space on your iPhone and iPad while preserving your privacy with end-to-end encryption. Let's learn more about how messages in iCloud works and what you need to do to use this feature, and how to turn on messages in iCloud, as well. 

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How it Works: Messages in iCloud

Once you've turned on messages in iCloud, your messages will be updated automatically to every device that you use iMessages on. All attachments from your messages will also be stored in iCloud so that you can save space on your iPhone or iPad. Any conversation, message, or photo that you delete in Messages on one device will also be removed from your other devices.

What Devices Can I Use with Messages in iCloud?

iPhones 5s and later, as well as the iPad Air and later can be updaded to iOS 11.4 and used to access messages in iCloud.

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How to Get Started with Messages in iCloud

To use messages in iCloud, you'll need to have:

  • an internet connection
  • have updated your devices to iOS 11.4
  • have set up iCloud
  • have an Apple ID
  • Make sure you're signed in with the same Apple ID to all the devices you'd like to share messages between. 

Now you're ready to turn on Messages in iCloud!

How to Turn On Messages in iCloud

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap your name at the top of the page.

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  • Tap iCloud.
  • Toggle on Messages.
  • If you have not already enabled Two-Factor Authentication, you will be prompted to do so now.

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That's it! All you have to do if you decide you'd no longer like to use this feature is to toggle Messages back off.

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.