From the iOS 11.4 version, Apple has added Messages in iCloud feature, which can help to encrypt all your iMessage and SMS messages, sync them between Apple devices. Messages in iCloud also allows you to store your messages, photos, and other data in iCloud that helps you save more local storage space.
How to turn on Messages in iCloud
If you have already update your iOS devices to iOS 11.4 version or later, and want to use Apple’s sync service for your Messages, you will need to manually enable it.
Note: you have to enable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID to toggle the Messages sync switch on, so make sure to do it first.
On your iPhone/iPad:
- Launch Settings app from your iPhone/iPad.
- Tap on Apple ID banner.
- Tap on iCloud.
- Toggle the switch next to Messages to the green ‘on’ position.
That’s all. If your device will be downloading a number of new messages, you should connect it to the charger so that the process can take place.
- Launch Messages app from your Dock or Applications folder.
- Click on Messages in the Menu bar.
- Choose Preferences >Accounts.
- Click on the Enable Messages in iCloud checkbox
- Click on Sync Now to start syncing your messages.
Also read: HOW TO RECOVER TEXT MESSAGES ON IOS
How to fix if your messages don’t sync
If you see your iMessages and texts do not sync across iCloud, the best way to solve it is disabling it and enabling it again. By that, we mean you should turn off Messages iCloud sync on all your devices, then re-enabling it. Simply follow the steps above for turning syncing on, then toggle the switch ‘Off’ and then uncheck the Messages for Mac box.
There are several ways that you can go about this. First, you should try to toggle messages syncing for a device off and on, then for all of your affected devices. You should also turn off messages syncing on all your devices at once, then toggle it back on at the same time. When attempting these methods, you should give your devices a few minutes to sync backup before switching to another method.
Another solution to fix a syncing problem, in case one of your devices is affected, is completely powering off your iPhone/iPad. On devices that are older than the iPhone X, you need to press and hold the Power button until the power off slider command shows up on the screen. After that, swipe to power off your device. On the iPhone X and later models, there’s slightly different.
- Press and hold the Power button along with of the volume buttons until you see the power off slider.
- Swipe the power off slider to the right to turn off your iPhone
Wait for 30 seconds, press and hold on the Power button until the Apple logo shows up on your iPhone or iPad. If none of this helps, you should sign out of your Apple ID on your iPhone/iPad, and sign it back in.