In iOS 10, the Messages app received a vast improvement with the introduction of stickers, third-party apps, and emoji. With iOS 11, nothing major is changing here, but a few features that have been added are going to make your daily messaging activities much easier and quicker. One such feature is Messages on iCloud. From now on, you can synchronize your chats across devices via iCloud.
With the new feature, you now can quickly access your messages on multiple devices as long as you are signed in to the same iCloud account. This is a great addition to the Messages app, as it allows you to easily manage your chats across devices.
In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the steps to sync your messages on iCloud in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. Before we begin, keep in mind that both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra are now available as developer betas, so you may run into some issues like crashes or random freezing.
Steps to sync your messages with iCloud in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra
Steps to turn on “Messages on iCloud” in iOS 11 on your iPhone and iPad
To sync your messages on iCloud, you first need to enable “Messages on iCloud” on your iOS devices. Here is how.
Step one: Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and then hit Messages to proceed
Step two: Once you are in, all you need to do is to turn on the switch for Messages on iCloud to enable the feature
Steps to enable “Messages on iCloud” feature in macOS High Sierra
Step one: First off, launch the Messages app on your Mac and then click on the Messages menu. After that, you simply need to select the Preferences from the drop-down menu to proceed
Step two: Next up, hit Accounts at the top left corner of the Messages window
Step three: Once you are done, select your iMessage account from the left side bar and tick the boxes for Enable this account and Enable Messages on iCloud.
Now, both your iOS device and Mac will sync your chats on iCloud. The process could take a while depending on how many chats and attachments you have on your devices.
Steps to synchronize your messages on iCloud in iOS 11
Step one: Launch the Settings app from your home screen and then hit Messages to proceed
Step two: Once you are in, you simply need to tap on Sync Now under the Messages on iCloud switch
Step three: If you want to disable Messages on iCloud in iOS 11, just simply need to turn off the switch and select your option. (In macOS High Sierra, open Messages > Messages > Preferences and select Accounts. After that, click on box next to Enable Messages on iCloud to uncheck it.
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