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What is Messages in iCloud?
It’s worth noting that “Messages” also means iMessage, which is Apple’s app that iOS device owners and Mac owners can use to send and receive texts, photos, videos, Animoji, Memoji and more. iCloud, meanwhile, is built into every Apple device so you can keep your photos, files, notes, and more, safe, up to date, and available wherever you are.
The Messages in iCloud feature syncs your messages across all your Apple devices. When turned on, your entire message history stays up to date across all of your Apple devices signed into your Apple ID. If you delete a message, attachment or conversation on one of your devices, it will delete from all of your devices.
Previous to the Messages in iCloud feature launching, any messages you sent or received on your iPhone would sync to your Mac and iPad. However, if you set up a new device, you would not see any of your old messages or conversations on that device. Of course, there were workarounds. You could restore your new iPhone from an old backup in order to carry over to your new iPhone for example, but it wasn’t as streamlined as it is now.
Each of your devices also backed up its entire Message library, which wasted iCloud storage space. The Messages in iCloud feature sees messages stored in a central spot however, and sent to any device you connect to now or in the future. If you need to free up iCloud storage space, you can just turn the Messages in iCloud feature off.
Manage Notifications on Apple Watch
You can update your Apple Watch from your iPhone. Open the Watch app, tap the My Watch tab, and open General > Software Update to install any updates. Or do this directly from the watch via Settings > General > Software Update; tap Install if an update is available.
Notifications on an Apple Watch are less noisy than they are on an iPhone or iPad. However, you can still prevent them from appearing, especially if you’re in a public place where you don’t want to bother other people. Your Apple Watch can mimic the Focus settings from your iPhone, so enabling it on your iPhone will automatically enable it on your watch.
On your iPhone, open the Watch app. Swipe down to the General setting, and tap Focus. Make sure the option for Mirror iPhone is turned on. The fine print below this option indicates that your watch takes on the same Focus settings that you enabled on your phone.
You can also enable certain options directly from your watch. Swipe up on your watch face to access the Control Center. You can then tap the half-moon icon to turn on Focus mode, then select the specific category you want to activate.
If you choose the bell icon, you can turn on Silent mode, which silences notifications but still allows you to feel them through the watch’s haptic-touch feature. Tap the comedy and tragedy mask icon to go into Theater mode, which will enable Silent mode and dim the display.
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Customize Focus for Sleep
Open Focus > Sleep and enable Sleep to manually disable notifications when you’re ready for bed. Tap People to allow notifications from specific contacts and set who can call you. Tap Apps to allow notifications from specific apps and enable Time Sensitive to allow any urgent notifications to reach you.
Go to Sleep > Focus Status and enable Share Focus Status if you wish to alert people who contact you that you’ve silenced notifications. Tap Home Screen to hide notifications badges for apps on your home screen and set up a custom page to display when Focus is turned on. Tap Lock Screen to show silenced notifications on the lock screen.
From the Sleep screen, enable Turn on at Wind Down to silence notifications at your wind-down period before you go to bed. Tap the Edit link to set your bedtime and wake-up hours for the next day. Tap Schedule and Options to set the hours for your regular weekday schedule.
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More Options for Do Not Disturb in iOS 12
Another useful option, particularly for teens, is the ability to turn on Do Not Disturb while Driving. This is a handy feature that was included in iOS 12. When this is on, your iPhone uses its accelerometer to automatically detects when you are moving at the speed of a car and it turns on Do Not Disturb for you. It can even send a text message to people who try to contact you, letting them know that you are driving and that you will read their message when you get to your destination. You can turn it on by going to Settings > Do Not Disturb > Do Not Disturb While Driving > Activate.
You can also set custom Do Not Disturb times for bedtime. When enabled, Do Not Disturb will automatically turn on at the time you like to go to bed, and turn off when you like to wake up. It will also dim your screen so that your phone will not light up in the middle of the night when notifications arrive, and send all notifications to the Notifications Center until you wake up. That way, you won't be tempted to pick up your phone in the middle of the night and see what's on the lock screen. You can schedule Do Not Disturb times for bedtime by going to Settings > Do Not Disturb, and turning on the Scheduled and Bedtime switches.
How to Turn Off Tips
Turning off notifications stops Tips from sending you messages, but you can still open the app to learn about new features.
To turn off notifications:
In the Notification Style section, tap Tips.
The apps in this menu appear alphabetically.
Turn off the Allow Notifications toggle switch.
Repeat these steps for any app in the Notification settings to stop them from sending you messages.
How to turn on Messages in iCloud
To enable Message in iCloud, make sure you have set up iCloud and are signed in with the same Apple ID across all your devices. You will also beed to be using two-factor authentification with your Apple ID and have turned on iCloud Keychain.
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users
To turn Messages in iCloud on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, follow these steps:
- Go to Settings
- Tap on [your name] at the top
- Tap iCloud
- Turn on Messages
To turn on Messages in iCloud on your Mac, follow these steps:
- Open Messages on your Mac
- Select the Messages menu in the top left corner
- Tap on Preferences from the menu
- Click iMessage
- Select the box next to Enable Messages in iCloud
OptOut on December 23, 2017:
This is not a push notification. This is just notifications. Push notifications use your cellular data to show you emails as they come in or to update your game data as you are using it. Again, what this is telling you is only what notifications are.
Melissa Carroll on September 21, 2017:
My friend is receiving my push notifications on my Facebook and we're not on each others Facebook but I would like him to stop recieving mine but we're on the same phone account and phone plan