Messages in iCloud vs iCloud Backup

Discussion in 'iOS 12' started by acousticbiker, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. acousticbiker macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2008
    If I don't need to sync iMessage across multiple devices, any advantage to using Messages in iCloud vs iCloud Backup?
  2. cableguy84 macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2015
    My primary device is my phone . I dont sync across devices, I just have my icloud backup
  3. Gyroworld macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2016
    It makes iCloud backups faster since they're not backing up all your messages and it makes restoring from an iCloud backup faster on a new phone since it downloads messages in the background similar to pictures. But from a functionality standpoint, if you only have one device, it's exactly the same.
  4. acousticbiker thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2008
    Is another benefit that it frees up space on your phone? (since Messages in iCloud moves pictures, etc to cloud while iCloud backup keeps on device but just backs up in cloud - is that right?)
  5. nutmac macrumors 601

    Mar 30, 2004
    Messages in iCloud uses "optimize storage", freeing up storage space used by the Messages app.

    Take my iPhone, for instance. On iPhone Storage page of the Settings app, Messages app is currently using 90 MB of "Documents & Data" storage space. On iCloud Storage page, however, Messages is using 1.7 GB of iCloud storage space.

    And as Gyroworld pointed out earlier, iCloud Backup will omit Messages data for backup (ditto for Photos data if you enable iCloud Photo Library).
  6. acousticbiker thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2008
    Right and if you didn't use Messages in iCloud, my understanding is that Messages would use 1.7GB of iPhone storage
  7. nutmac macrumors 601

    Mar 30, 2004
    Yup. If you don't need to carry all your data on the phone locally, a paid iCloud tier goes a long way toward making 64 GB base storage option usable, even for a power user. I shoot all my videos on 4K (my Photos library is more than 1 TB) and never delete a message. And I still have more than 20 GB storage available on my dinky 64 GB iPhone.

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