Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 With Messages in iCloud

Apple on Friday released macOS High Sierra 10.13.5, which introduced eGPU support, Business Chat in Messages, and more. The new version is now available for all compatible Macs through the Mac App Store.

Release notes:

The macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 update improves the stability, performance, and security of your Mac and is recommended for all users.

This update adds support for Messages in iCloud, which lets you store messages with their attachments in iCloud and free up space on your Mac. To enable Messages in iCloud, go to Preferences in Messages, click Accounts, then select “Enable Messages in iCloud”.

For more detailed information about this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT208723 

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

The macOS 10.13.5 update is 2.12GB and will require you to restart your Mac. Before you install the update, it’s always a good idea to first perform a backup of your data.

How to activate Messages in iCloud

Once you’ve installed the update, here’s how you can activate Messages in iCloud.

  1. Launch the Messages app.
  2. Click on Messages > Preferences.
  3. Click Accounts.
  4. Select Enable Messages in iCloud.

Once enabled, Messages in iCloud has a few benefits. If you delete a message from your Mac, it will disappear from all Macs, iPhones, and iPads running the latest software update. The other benefit is all message history will appear when setting up a new Mac from scratch. This previously required restoring your Mac from a backup.

 

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