How to use local backups to keep iMessages out of iCloud backups

When you use Apple iOS iCloud Backup, your iPhone or iPad backs up your iMessages data, but it's not a very useful backup because it's hard to find. Here's how to turn it off and save years of messages taking up space. backups-e1a23b8.jpg” />You don't have to throw away your entire message history, you can just back it up locally on your device instead. Apple provides the option to do this, it's just one of the more confusing options on a Mac or iPhone – and Apple takes half a dozen support documents to explain it all. This is because there are so many options in iCloud backup. To exclude your messages, first turn off Messages in the list of what's included in iCloud Backup.

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