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Is there a way to download/export iMessage history somewhere? If I deleted messages on a local device, is it also removed online on iCloud?

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You can use PhoneView or a similar application to download your iMessage database to your Mac.

iMessage data is not stored in iCloud, not even as a backup.

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If you want to access your iMessage history, use Baskup, an OS X application that backs up all your iMessages from your Macbook

https://peterkaminski09.github.io/baskup

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