macOS 10.13.5 brings Messages in iCloud to Mac at last

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A macOS update adds support for Messages in iCloud.
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Apple released macOS 10.13.5 today, an update that brings the long-awaited Messages in iCloud feature to Mac users.

The new feature, which Apple rolled out to iPhones and iPads earlier this week in iOS 11.4, should free up space on your Mac. More importantly, it will finally allow you to sync iMessages with all your Apple devices via the cloud.

To get the update right now, download macOS 10.13.5 from Apple’s website.

Set up Messages in iCloud on Mac and iOS

Once you’ve got that installed, you can get started with Messages in iCloud on your Mac.

To enable Messages in iCloud, open the Messages app. Click Preferences, then Accounts and, lastly, tick the Enable Messages in iCloud box.

To really get the most out of Messages in iCloud, you also should set it up on your iOS devices once you’ve updated them to iOS 11.4. Here’s a primer on getting that up and running: How to set up and use Messages in iCloud in iOS 11.4.

macOS 10.13.5 also brings a security update

The macOS 10.13.5 update also takes care of an undisclosed security problem.

“For customers’ protection, Apple doesn’t disclose, discuss or confirm security issues until an investigation has occurred and patches or releases are available,” said Apple in a statement on its website. “Keeping your software up to date is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your Apple product’s security.”

The security update also covers users still running OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and macOS sierra 10.12.6.

Source: Apple Support