How to Backup iPhone Messages to iCloud (2 Ways)

Does iCloud save messages? The answer is YES! This guide will explain in detail how to backup iPhone messages to iCloud.


By Lena / Updated on December 7, 2023

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How to Backup Text Messages on iPhone to iCloud

Hi, can anyone tell me how to backup iPhone messages to iCloud? It would be very helpful since I am going to use my iPhone 11. I would like to know how iCloud backup the text messages on my iPhone 8 so I could retrieve text messages from iCloud. Thanks for your kind help.

- Question from Apple Forum

Want to Backup iPhone Messages to iCloud?

Text Message is a useful feature. Usually, it doesn’t require an immediate reply like phone call. What makes it more practical is that messages would be automatically saved on your iPhone so you could read them to remind you of your past or even take them as legal proof.

In order to prevent accidental loss, it is necessary to backup text messages especially if you want to abandon your old iPhone. So does iCloud save messages?

Can You Backup Text Messages to iCloud?

Yes, iCloud can help you backup messages to iCloud.

Not only can iCloud back up information, but you can also use it to store photos, emails, contacts, calendars, etc. It could also backup your whole iPhone, including app data and settings.

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However, iCloud only gives every user 5GB of free storage. Sooner or later, space will be exhausted, especially if you want to back up data except for messages. Even if you only backup messages, the pictures or videos in the conversation will take up a lot of space.

If there is not enough space, the backup will fail. Fortunately, iCloud is not the only way to backup messages. You can choose to backup messages to computer/flash drive/external hard drive instead. And you don’t have to worry about whether there is enough space to store the data. Click here to get the method.

How to Backup iPhone Messages to iCloud?

This part will show you how to backup just messages or your whole iPhone including messages to iCloud.

◆ Only Backup iPhone Messages to iCloud:

As long as you enable Messages in iCloud, all your messages would be uploaded to the cloud server but you can’t preview or select the messages on your iPhone.

Go to Settings > Tap your Apple ID at the top > Tap iCloud > Toggle on Messages.

Turn on iCloud Messages

When you toggle on Messages in iCloud, your entire message history would be synced on every device signed in the same Apple ID. Please note that if you delete a message on your iPhone, it would be deleted on every device. You can’t access your messages on iCloud online and you are just allowed to view them in the Messages app.

If you want to transfer messages to new iPhone, Just log in with the same Apple ID, then go to iCloud to turn on the Message option.

◆ Backup the Whole iPhone Including Messages:

Go to Settings > Tap your Apple ID > Enter iCloud Backup and toggle on it > You can tap Back Up Now to make a backup immediately.

Turn on iCloud Backup

  • If you had toggled on Messages, then they would be not included in the iCloud backup.

  • Automatic backup usually starts at night, so you’d better lock your iPhone and connect it to power and the network before you go to bed.

You could choose “Restore from iCloud Backup” when you sign in to your new iPhone to retrieve iPhone messages as well as other data from iCloud.

Selectively and Safely Backup Your Messages

iCloud would be a convenient tool when iPhone is connected to the Internet but you can do nothing to iCloud messages without Internet. Besides, iCloud only offers 5 GB of free storage space. You could try an easier way to backup your messages on iPhone to computer.

FoneTool is a free professional iPhone backup software. Compared with iCloud, it provides more flexible backup options.

● It allows you to preview and select the messages you want to backup.
● It enables you to view the messages on the computer anytime you want.
● The messages backup can be restored to any iPhone without data erase.

You could easily backup iPhone messages to computer within 3 steps: run the tool and plug in iPhone > select the Selective Backup > click Start Backup.

Backup Messages

It supports most models of iPhone from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 15 and would be perfectly compatible with iOS 17/16/15. You could backup important data and transfer files among your devices.

Besides, if you want to back up more data to your iCloud, FoneTool also can help you. It offers a feature of iCloud data management, you can upload data to your iCloud on the PC, including photos, notes, contacts, videos, etc.

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That's all about how to backup iPhone messages to iCloud. You could enable Messages in iCloud to backup just iPhone messages to iCloud or include it in the backup of your whole iPhone.

Yet, iCloud has some limitations, like the network, limited free storage and a few options. If you want to selectively backup your iPhone messages, you could try FoneTool, the best iPhone backup software, to save messages to computer.

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