[Answered] Are Messages Stored in iCloud?

Are messages stored in iCloud? If you want to keep iPhone messages safe, you may need to figure it out. In this guide, you will be given the answer to this question as well as something you also concern about.


By Demi / Updated on June 6, 2023

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Can’t view messages in iCloud. Does iCloud save messages?

I’m not sure whether messages are stored in iCloud. I can’t find a message icon when I log into icloud.com. If iCloud is backing up and saving messages from iPhone, how can I view them?

- Question from Apple Community

To keep your data safe, Apple offers a reliable and automatic solution to backup your devices using iCloud. However, when you visit the website of iCloud to view the messages in iCloud, you will find that there is no Messages icon to let you access it. Then, you may ask: are messages stored in iCloud? 


If you are concerned about the safety of your iPhone messages and not sure whether all your messages are stored in iCloud, keep reading this guide, and you will get a clear idea about it.

Are all messages stored in iCloud?

First of all, you can rest assured that with the help of the Messages in iCloud feature, iCloud can keep your entire message history updated and accessible on all of your devices, even if you set up a new device. Actually, Messages in iCloud are end-to-end encrypted for your privacy, which means you can't read or access Messages online via a browser.

To save all messages in iCloud, you just need to turn on Messages in iCloud by going to Settings app on your iPhone > your profile > iCloud > Messages.

Turn On Messages In iCloud

Instead of text messages are being backed up to iCloud, they are synced across all your devices, allowing you to keep on top of them from any of your devices that are signed in with the same Apple ID.

If you arr not very satisfied with iCloud, there are many better solutions you can try to backup imessages without iCloud, and the tool mentioned in the Bonus part will be a nice try for you.

How to view text messages on iCloud

If you wonder how to view text messages on iCloud, the only way out is to sync messages to another Apple device that is signed in with the same Apple ID. Here are the steps.

Option 1. On your iPhone/iPad/iPod
Open Settings app > Tap [your name] > Choose iCloud > Toggle on the switch beside Messages.

iCloud Messages

Option 2. On your Mac
You can enable Messages in iCloud by opening Messages > In the dock option, choose Messages > Preferences > Choose iMessages > Tick Enable Messages in iCloud.

Enable Messages In Icloud

Bonus: Selectively backup iPhone messages to PC

Although iCloud can keep your iPhone messages up to date, you have difficult viewing messages in iCloud. It is highly recommended one free iOS data backup export for Windows PC - FoneTool, which can fully satisfy your needs of iPhone message and other data backup.

Compared with the Messages in iCloud function, FoneTool has got these advantages and features.
• No backup storage limitation. If you turn off Messages in iCloud, the message history will be included in a separate iCloud backup, which definitely takes up your limited iCloud storage space. While with the help of FoneTool, you can bakcup iPhone files with unlimited storage space.
• Preview and choose iPhone messages to backup. You can preview all messages and other files and choose the wanted files to backup to computer.
• Freely browse and restore the backup. One of the biggest differences between iCloud and FoneTool that FoneTool allows you to freely view the messages that are backed up anytime you want. You can also freely restore selective backup files to your iOS devices.

Free download the tool right now and see how to backup iMessages with it.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB > Tap Trust to let your computer get access to your iPhone.

Step 2. Launch FoneTool, Click Phone Backup from its main interface > Get to Selective Backup and click Get Started.

Custom Backup

Step 3. Check Messages and select the messages you want to backup > Click OK to confirm. You can also click Photos and other icons to backup other types of files.

Select Messages

Step 4. Choose a storage path to save your backup files > Click Start Backup to begin the task.

Backup Messages

When the process is complete, go to the Backup History screen and check the backup task. You can choose to locate, browse, restore, or delete the backup files from this page.


Hope you can get a clear idea to the question - are messages stored in iCloud. When you enabled Messages in iCloud, all your messages will be saved in your iCloud account.

To better keep your iPhone messages and other data safe, as well as view the backup files, you can try FoneTool. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.

Demi · Editor
Doris is an editor of AOMEI Technology as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.