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iOS 11.4 sends messages in iCloud: Questions and Answers

With iOS 11.4, Apple introduced an important new iCloud service that synchronizes the content of the Messages app - i.e. iMessage and text messages - between the user's devices. This means that all conversations should be fully available everywhere and, for example, land on a newly installed iPhone or iPad without any problems.

Is Messages in iCloud on automatically?

No, the function is not active by default and - in contrast to iCloud Photo Library - it is not offered when you start the Messages app. To switch it on, the user must open the iCloud settings (at the top) and flip the "Messages" switch, which is new in iOS 11.4.

Why don't I see an entry for "Messages" in my iCloud settings?

Some users seem to experience this problem, possibly because the Apple ID used for iCloud is not protected by Apple's two-factor authentication.

Are there any requirements for using Messages in iCloud?

Yes, in addition to iOS 11.4 and an iCloud account, Apple's two-factor authentication must be active.

Can I now use iMessage in the browser on other platforms?

No, the messages cannot be accessed through iCloud.com.

My iMessages are already being sent to the iPhone and iPad. What are the advantages of "Messages in iCloud"?

The synchronization should work more reliably and always synchronize all conversations - even after one of the devices has been offline for several days, for example. The outsourcing in iCloud also significantly reduces the local storage space requirement, for example several GBytes were free on an iPhone belonging to the Mac & i editorial team. All conversations are still available, old content is reloaded if necessary.

Will messages disappear everywhere if I delete them on a device?

They disappear from the call history on all other iPhones and iPads that use the same iCloud account. Mind you, this only applies to your own devices, messages that have already been sent cannot be withdrawn in this way - the recipient still has them in his or her message history.

So far, there is still no update for the news app on the Mac; this could follow shortly in the form of macOS 10.13.5. The Apple Watch does not seem to have been taken into account so far, and the messages deleted on another device are also retained there.

Doesn't that consume large amounts of mobile data volume?

The first comparison after installing iOS 11.4 and activating the function requires, depending on the iMessage database, a transfer of larger amounts of data - but this should only be done if the iOS device is connected to the power supply and a WLAN.

Individual users report that the initial comparison was carried out via the cellular network without being asked and that it consumed data volume accordingly. Therefore, you should make sure that the iPhone is already connected to a stable and fast WiFi network when you activate “Messages in iCloud”.

Surely Apple wants to get users to spend money on iCloud storage space?

The measly 5 GB of iCloud storage space that Apple has granted so far should indeed be used up quickly for many iMessage users. However, the Messages app is already taking up iCloud storage space, after all, all conversations are automatically part of the iCloud backup.

So if you already create space-consuming backups in iCloud, you should not need any additional storage space on Apple's servers by activating "Messages on iCloud", because they should no longer be part of the backup when the sync function is active. Apple does the same with the iCloud Photo Library: If this is activated, photos are excluded from the iCloud backup.

Is iMessage still end-to-end encrypted after it has been swapped out in iCloud?

Yes, at least that's what Apple promises. All devices assigned to an iCloud account can generate and share keys to which Apple does not have access, as the group’s software chief explained last year.

In this way, storage in the cloud is possible without Apple being able to decrypt the content. The iPhone manufacturer has not yet published any further details on the technology used.

Messages in iCloud could even make iMessage more secure: So far, law enforcement officers have been able to access secured conversations via the iCloud backup - Apple has the key for data backup and all messages are - as already mentioned - automatically included in the iCloud backup cannot be switched off individually. Since the conversations conducted via iMessage no longer end up in the iCloud backup due to "Messages in iCloud", this loophole should be closed.

[Update 05/31/2018 12:20 pm] Although "Messages in iCloud" seems to close a loophole, it opens another: The key to the messages is in the iCloud backup, as has since become known, this should enable users to restore iMessages even if all devices are lost, according to Apple . (lbe)

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