Backup iPhone Text Messages to iCloud

Backup iPhone Text Messages to iCloud
Backup iPhone Text Messages to iCloud
Backing Up Data Tutorials

iCloud is one of the many choices you have to backup data on your iPhone. It is able to backup your text messages and iMessages all in one place. In order to backup your iPhone messages to iCloud all you need is a power source and connection to a WiFi network. Aside from these essentials you will also need to make sure you have enough room in your iCloud storage if you intend to backup your entire phone. You will be alerted during the process if there is not enough room in your iCloud account so keep a lookout for this notification just in case.

A full iCloud Backup includes:

  • iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS messages
  • Call history
  • Home screen and app organization
  • App data
  • Health data
  • Apple Watch data
  • Device settings
  • HomeKit configuration
  • Photos and videos on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
  • Purchase history from Apple services
  • Ringtones
  • Visual Voicemail password (requires SIM card in use during backup)

To perform a full iPhone backup with iCloud, you may need to purchase one of the higher storage plans if you have not done so already. The free iCloud backup option will backup up to 5G of your data. If you feel this is not enough or if you have tried to backup your phone to iCloud before and you have been met with a ‘Not enough storage’ notification you might want to check your iCloud upgrade pricing options.

How to backup your text messages to iCloud

  1. Connect to WiFi

    Connect your iPhone to a WiFi network

  2. Connect your iPhone to a power source

    Connect your phone to a computer, laptop or a plugged-in charger so that it successfully starts charging

  3. Turn iCloud backup on

    Go to Settings > iCloud > Backup > Toggle iCloud backup on

  4. Automatic sync disabled

    You will receive a message saying that your phone will no longer sync automatically to your computer. Click okay if this is fine with you.

  5. Tap Backup Up Now

    Tap Backup Up Now. If for some reason you cannot backup your device please follow the instructions in ‘Can’t Backup to iCloud!

  6. Messages automatically included

    Your text messages and iMessages will be automatically included in the backup.

I don’t see Messages included in the iCloud backup

The Messages icon will not appear in the list in your Settings as you turn your iCloud backup on. This is because they are backed up automatically. The list you see in the iCloud section of your Settings are the files you have the option to include in your iCloud backup. Files like Messages and Contacts you do not have the option to exclude. It is important to backup your messages. If you were to accidentally delete iPhone messages, there will be a backup for you to recover from. If you are using Messages in iCloud, then the Messages icon will not appear in your Settings as you turn your iCloud backup on.

iCloud Security

The security practices under which iCloud is build enables an encryption storage model. This means that unauthorised access to your iPhone files will not be permitted. The level of encryption used is the same as many financial organisations.


Aldo, a lawyer by training, is the former Head of Global Partnerships and Sponsorship for Kaspersky. He co-founded Kaspersky Lab Italy in 2008 and subsequently held the positions of GM for Italy, Malta and Israel before leaving in 2013 to join the EU Operations in London as EU Director for Marketing.

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