Messages In iCloud On Your Mac

In a previous article, I explained how to activate Messages In iCloud on iOS. With the release of macOS 10.13.5, Messages In iCloud will now work on your Mac. However, similar to iOS, you need to activate it first. Here is how you do that.

Messages Activation

Activating Messages In iCloud on the Mac is really easy. With your Messages App open, click on the “Message” menu and select “Preferences”:

Messages Preferences

In the Accounts Tab, toggle “Enable Messages in iCloud” to on and you are good to go:

Enable Messages

Once you activate Messages In iCloud you will get the same warning note as iOS:

Messages Warning

I Restarted the Messages App and all my texts synced just fine. Now, if I delete texts in Messages on my Mac:

Deleted Messages

They are all deleted on my iOS device:

Deleted iOS

It all seems to work seamlessly. As I warned in the iOS article on Messages In iCloud, you need to be mindful of your iCloud Storage here. The warning says all your messages are kept forever. If you have the 2TB iCloud storage plan there is nothing to worry about. However, if you are on the 5GB basic plan you need to monitor how this activation affects your storage limits.


Apple has finally implemented Messages In iCloud. I have only used it for a couple of days, but I really like it. It makes my texting environment more integrated, more seamless. Give it a try and let me know what you think of it.