How to Stop Downloading Messages from iCloud on iPhone

This guide will give you a hand if you wonder how to stop downloading messages from iCloud. You may also need this guide to know how to stop using iCloud messages without losing data.


By Demi / Updated on June 5, 2024

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How to stop downloading messages from iCloud

“Downloading messages from iCloud” at the bottom of my screen. How do I get rid of it or stop it?

- Question from Apple Community

iCloud, a built-in service in every Apple device, keeps your photos, files, as well as messages safe, up-to-date, and available wherever you are. However, it sometimes may not work as perfectly as you expected. And you may wonder how to stop downloading messages from iCloud.

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How to Stop Downloading Messages from iCloud

Here is what you may need to know about messages in iCloud and how to get downloading messages from iCloud off.

How does Messages in iCloud work?

In conclusion, Messages in iCloud enables you to treat your Messages as you would treat photos. Once you turn it on, Messages sync across all devices that are signed in with the same Apple ID and keep up to date with all your messages no matter what Apple devices you’re using.

Correspondingly, if you delete a message, attachment, or conversation on one of your devices, it will be deleted from your all Apple devices. If you don’t want to keep your conversations up to date across all your devices, you can follow the steps in the next part to turn it off.

How to turn off downloading messages from iCloud

If you wonder how to stop downloading or syncing messages from iCloud on iPhone, you can just turn off the Messages feature in iCloud on your iPhone. Here are the simple steps you can follow.

On your iPhone/iPad, go to Settings > Tap on [your name] at the top of the screen > Tap iCloud > Scroll down to locate Messages, toggle off the switch beside it to turn it off.

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Please note that once you disable Messages in iCloud, all your message history will not be synced anymore. As well, there will be no more new messages backed up to your iCloud account. To keep your important message safe, you can choose to backup messages without iCloud.

Quick fixes to (stop) downloading messages from iCloud stuck

Take some time to learn the proposed fixes in case you fail to download or stop downloading messages from iCloud. The solutions below are widely used when you encounter iCloud-related issues.

๐Ÿ”ง Restart your iPhone: A hard reset will remove any remaining apps from the phone's working memory that might be the source of the iCloud problem.

๐Ÿ”ง Reset your iCloud account: Chances are that some software glitches make your iCloud unavailable for a moment, you can try to sign out your iCloud account and sign in again to refresh its service.

Sign Out Of iCloud

๐Ÿ”ง Check Internet connection: The download and upload process requires a stable Internet connection on iPhone. If you find photos and videos not downloading from iCloud, it may result from internet connectivity issues.

๐Ÿ”ง Disable Low Power mode: Make sure you haven’t enabled Low Power Mode on your iPhone. If your iPhone is in low power mode, some functions will be not available temporarily, which may lead to videos not downloading to iPhone.

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How to Stop iCloud Messages Sync Without Losing Them

iCloud syncs all messages on your iDevices. Actually, you can choose a professional iOS data backup tool to help you selectively backup data on different iDevices independently. It is highly recommended you FoneTool.

Why you choose FoneTool:
โœ“ Selective backup service. With the help of FoneTool, you can preview and choose the wanted messages to backup to your computer. Besides, you can backup any photos, music, videos, and contacts you like from iPhone to computer at the same time.
โœ“ 3-step backup. With a few simple clicks, you can finish backing up using FoneTool. It provides you with a superfast backup speed.
โœ“ Unlimited backup space. Since the backup files are saved in local folders on your computer, USB, NAS, etc., there is almost no need to worry if they run out of storage space. 
โœ“ Free to restore to other iOS devices. You’re free to restore the backup any time you need to any iOS device because FoneTool supports iPhones (from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 15 series), iPad (including iPad 2022), and types of iPod.

Now click the icon below to download FoneTool to your computer, then follow the three steps below to backup your desired messages to computer.

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Step 1. Launch FoneTool & Choose Backup Type
• Connect your iPhone to computer using a stable USB cable. When you receive a prompt on iPhone, tap Trust to let your computer access iPhone.
• Launch FoneTool and click Phone Backup > Choose Selective Backup and click Get Started.

Custom Backup

Step 2. Choose Wanted Backup Files
• From this page, check the Messages icon to browse all messages on your iPhone. Then, click OK to confirm.

๐Ÿ’ก You can click each conversation to preview and choose the wanted conversations or single messages you’d like to backup to computer. If necessary, click any other types of data to backup at the same time. 

Select Messages

Step 3. Start to backup
• Choose a destination to save backup file > Click Start Backup.

๐Ÿ’ก As mentioned, besides local folders on computer, you can also choose to backup iPhone to USB flash drive, external hard drive, NAS, etc. as per your need.

Backup Messages

How to Check & Restore Backup Files
When it is finished, you can locate the backup on the Backup History page. You’re free to browse the backup files. You can also choose to restore certain backup files from here. FoneTool serves you with an incremental backup solution. Therefore, you won’t backup or restore any duplicates with it.

Restore To Device

It is worth mentioning that FoneTool also offers you functions to manage iCloud data. You can freely browse iCloud files, upload, download, and delete iCloud files with the assistance of FoneTool.

Just go to FoneTool > Click My iCloud > Enter and confirm your iCloud account > Select Manage iCloud. Then you can download, upload, and delete your iCloud data.

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That’s all for how to stop downloading messages from iCloud. You just need to turn the Messages in iCloud to stop it from syncing among all your Apple devices.

Since some messages on your iPhone contain important information, it’s suggested to backup specific messages to computer using FoneTool. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.

Demi ยท Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group 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.