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.

Use Enigma Backup to save Text Messages and iCloud

As an alternative or addition to iCloud Messages, you can use a third-party software, like Enigma Backup. This new and innovative solution gives you an alternate option to backup your SMS Text Messages and iMessages to our secure Cloud service.


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  • Manny Adriano at 7:09 pm

    I just got a new flash drive on my Mac. I cant see my imessages from iphone on my mac. My iCloud is turned on/enabled on bothe devices and the phone is setup to back up on iCloud. I was hoping to see all the imessages/text messages on my mac. Am i missing somthing? Does it take awhile to sync? Thanks for your help.

  • Bee Griffin at 12:11 pm

    Does it automatically backup or do you have to manually do it every time?

    • Hi Bee,

      Thanks for commenting!

      It will depend on the version of iCloud you have, but later versions of iCloud automatically backup your device once it is turned on, connected to WiFi and plugged into a power source.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

  • Sam Bell at 4:34 am

    Is call history automatically included in the backup

  • Dav at 1:36 pm

    I have searched and searched and cannot find “call history” or my text messages on my icloud.
    Where is it commonly located?

  • Rehana Gunawan at 1:57 pm

    I’ve done all the back up process, and all the data from my icloud are restored except the messages. I lost all the messages, why is this happen?

    • Hi Rehana,

      Thanks for commenting!
      Backing up messages and restoring messages are two different things. If you were performing a backup, iCloud does not allow you to view messages in the platform. 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.

      If you would like to download your iCloud backup and view your messages, you can use Enigma Recovery. Follow these steps to extract messages from your iCloud backup.

      I hope that helps 🙂

  • J at 4:02 pm

    Let’s say you do a full backup, delete some of the messages off the device to free onboard storage space. Will those deleted messages remain on iCloud or once you backup again after the deletion, it’ll overwrite the last backup & effectively deleting the message you thought you were purging from the device only, for good?

    • Hi J,

      Thanks for commenting!

      In answer to your question, after you delete messages from your iPhone the messages will still be saved in the very last iCloud backup you have made. This will not be the case if your iPhone creates an iCloud backup after the messages are deleted.

      However, there is still a chance you can find old deleted messages in previous iCloud backups created by your iPhone. You can extract your available iCloud backups with Enigma Recovery.

      Hope that helps 🙂

  • Carol at 7:16 pm

    When new backups are created are each of those saved on iCloud or is there only the most recent version of the backup?

  • mandy at 3:33 pm

    Hi my text messages on my old phone aren’t on my new phone ? am I missing something?

  • Vichhaiy at 9:29 am

    Hi Dear
    I need help in my iPhone some of my contact number why can not used for iMessages all?
    Thanks for reply

    • Hello Vichhaiy,

      Thanks for your message. The iMessages function is Apple’s messaging system for iOS(iPhone, iPad etc) and macOS devices only. If you have contacts in your phone who are not using an iOS or macOS device, this is likely to be the reason that the iMessages option is not visible for these users. However, you should still be able to message these contacts using the standard SMS Text Messaging function on your iPhone.

      Hope that helps answer your question!

  • Jane at 6:18 am

    If I have the setting for messages to be saved on iCloud turned off, do they save regardless?

    • Hello Jane,

      Thanks for your message. Yes, they will be stored in your iCloud backup. You can also still continue to make backups of your iPhone manually to iTunes as an additional backup.


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