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So now I know I have too many iMessages backed up.

In the new iOS 17.2 update, you can easily see how many messages are backed up to iCloud alongside how much storage they’re taking up by going to Settings > Your Name > iCloud > Show All > Messages in iCloud.

I’m not sure if I truly need to hold on to these forever. What is your iMessage backup looking like?

messages in the cloud, 100.66GB used, keep forver, 355,488 messages
How much is iCloud storage per month again?
Screenshot: Umar Shakir / The Verge