How do you backup iMessages from MBP to iCloud?

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  1. kingdf macrumors regular

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    I'd like to backup my messages on my MBP to iCloud just as I do on my iPhone. How do you do it on a Mac?
     
  2. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Because you are already signed in to your iCloud account (or you wouldn't be getting messages), they are already in the cloud. Scroll up in your message window and you'll see all of them.
     
  3. kingdf thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm not sure if I was clear enough but basically I want to see the backup of my messages.

    Say for instance, I accidentally delete an import iMessage from my messages on my mac, I would like to just go to the backup I made and restore it. I can do this on my iPhone but I'm not sure how to do it on my MBP.
     
  4. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Are you sure that's possible on your phone? How do you do it?

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    Played around a bit...look in ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.iChat/Data/Library/Messages/Archive/

    Messages are stored there in dated folders. You should be able to restore a particular file from your back up (Time Machine or other method). I really doubt there is anything stored in the cloud.
     
  5. kingdf thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yep. I go to Settings -> Storage & Backup -> iCloud Backup then turn it on and it backs up into iCloud.
     
  6. chabig macrumors 68040

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    I see. But to restore, you have to restore the entire device to a previous state just to get that deleted message back. And it's just a backup that happens to be stored in the cloud. Your Mac is backed up (hopefully) to a local hard disk. To restore your deleted message, just restore the file I mentioned in my previous post.
     
  7. kingdf thread starter macrumors regular

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    How do I know when and where my Mac is backed up to? And is it possible to have it automatically backup my messages to the cloud? For instance if it randomly died on me and I had to use my warranty to get a new one, how would I go about recovering the messages? Assuming everything was destroyed on the mac.
     
  8. chabig macrumors 68040

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    It's your responsibility to back up your Mac. Hard drives fail. They always have. Apple provides a nice interface called Time Machine to back up your machine. All you have to do is plug in an external drive and turn it on. If you operate without a backup you are tempting fate. If everything were lost on your Mac due to a hard drive failure, you'd lose it all.

    Apple's Time Machine page

    As for your messages, they are not backup up from your Mac to the cloud. If the conversation is also on your iPhone or iPad, you may be able to recover it from there. Otherwise, your "accidentally deleted" important message is gone.
     
  9. kingdf thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm surprised you can't just back the messages into the cloud. There has to be a way other than just backing them up into a hard drive. I have the retina macbook pro so it actually has an SSD.
     

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