Here’s how to turn on sync for Messages on iCloud with iOS 11.3, macOS 10.13.4 or later for iMessage and other text messages.
Apple first announced Messages on iCloud way back during WWDC last year, but while it did briefly make an appearance during the initial beta release of iOS 11, it was removed in subsequent releases and never found its way into the shipping version that everyone installed back in September. That is the way things have been ever since, too, but with the initial beta of iOS 11.3, Apple is again offering Messages on iCloud for beta testers to try out.
The pull of Messages on iCloud is obvious. As things stand, messages are not synced across multiple devices, meaning that even if you do have messages appear on every device you own, there is still the possibility that they will be out of order depending on spotty network connections, etc. Having the messages saved in iCloud rather than on devices fixes that issue. If you want to test Messages on iCloud out for yourselves, here is what you need to do.
Step 1: Download and install iOS 11.3 beta. If you are a developer or public tester you can do that now.
Step 2: Enable Messages on iCloud by opening the Settings app, selecting your Apple ID, and then tapping iCloud. Now you just need to toggle Messages to the “On” position.
Step 3: This step may not be required if it is already enabled, but if not, you will now be prompted to set up two-factor authentication. If you already use Apple Pay, then this will likely already be done, though.
Step 4: You’re all done!
As a bonus, and if you are using a Mac with macOS 10.13.4 beta 1 installed, then you should be prompted to turn Messages on iCloud on once it has been enabled via iOS. If not, head to the Messages app, followed by Preferences. Next up, click on the Accounts tab and then select your iMessage account over on the left side of the window. Finally, tick the box labelled Enable Messages on iCloud.
You should now be all set!
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