Thanks Alex. This is the outcome that I was afraid of.
The way this shakes out is that once a user reaches 5GB of anything on their iOS device(s) that are uploading to iCloud, there is only the choice of deleting and losing content or making the lifetime commitment of paying for cloud storage with Apple. Google & Co. solved that problem for us with Google Photos, and document content is discrete to the document, so those types of files can be backed up elsewhere, then erased from the iOS device(s) and ultimately from iCloud. Messages however, along with the associated attachments is kind of like an Outlook .pst file, in that it can't be 'subdivided' if you will. While I have found free third party software that will actually offload the iMessage and texting content from my iPhone, it won't grab the images and attachments. So, if I were to delete content from the iOS devices, I'd lose the attachments.
iCloud is, to me, the best way to back up iOS devices because it is so painless, but committed users who have multiple iOS devices with discrete content on each quickly run out of storage space on iCloud. While it is cheap to buy more space, 12 bucks a year, being unable to download to a mass storage device connected to a PC makes this a lifetime commitment.
Am I missing anything?
However, I did disable then re-enable Messages in iCloud as well as chang the message sync settings on my AW. About an hour later, I was in my messages and I noticed that the downloading bar was flashing blue, I the scrolled down and all my messages downloaded successfully now. Steps to Extract iMessages from An iCloud Backup: Launch iMyFone D-Port on your computer and choose Extract Data from Backup to start. Check the backup file list. If there is no iCloud you want, just go to “Download iCloud Backup”.
Mar 7, 2019 12:01 PM
What Does Disable And Download Messages Mean
Downloading Messages From Icloud What Does It Mean
Here's how it works. Vim for mac os. Messages in iCloud are updated automatically, so you always have the same. What Does it Mean When it Says Downloading Messages from iCloud iCloud is an app built in every Apple device. It is mainly designed to back up data, sync data, and locate your iDevices. If you once turned on Messages in Settings your name iCloud, then you can sync messages on all of your Apple devices. This software will start scanning all your backup files from iCloud. Select youer messages and tap on Download button. Then select Messages & Messages Attachments and press down the Next button to download them from the iCloud backup. Step 3 Recover messages from iCloud backup.