This article was updated in May 2016
Have you failed an iOS upgrade or lost your iDevice? Do you need to recover your photos, documents or contacts from your iCloud backup? Yes, you can selectively recover data from your iCloud backup, and we'll show you how, in this article. If you have stored your iPhone, iPad or iPod backups in your iCloud account, you can recover data without having to touch your iDevice.
If you try to login to iCloud.com with your account username and password, you'll notice that you will not have access to all the files backed up to iCloud. You might find that even though you have selected to backup your pictures, they aren't accessible to be browsed through. The reason is that most of the files stored in an iCloud backup can be accessed only by restoring your backup into your iDevice or by extracting them with advanced software applications, such as the iPhone Backup Extractor.
Restoring your iDevice from an iCloud backup is not recommended, because your iPhone or iPad will restore to the moment it was backed up last. You will LOSE all the data created between the moment your iPhone was last updated to iCloud and the moment you will restore your iDevice. This could result in losing other valuable data, which can never be restored or recovered.
Nevertheless, there's a better and safer alternative, called the iPhone Backup Extractor.. Our application helps recover data from iCloud backups and you will be able to extract your photos, videos, calendar data, SMS, recordings, voicemails, notes, application data and more.
Note: Apple reserves the right to delete iCloud backups of your iOS device after 180 days of inactivity, as mentioned in their support knowledge base.
How to recover your data from an iCloud backup
To extract data from an iCloud backup, follow these steps:
- Download the iPhone Backup Extractor Lite Edition.
- Activate your license by clicking the top right 'Activate' button. Note that you’ll need at least a Premium subscription plan to unlock the iCloud backup downloader feature.
- Click on the blue 'iCloud' button from the top of the application, and login with your Apple ID and password. The iPhone Backup Extractor doesn't store any Apple account or personal data. We offer full integrity of data and your iCloud backups will not be affected while using the iPhone Backup Extractor.
- Once logged into your iCloud account, select your iCloud backup from the drop-down menu and then click the download button.
The iPhone Backup Extractor will start to download your iCloud backup. The downloading process may take up to several hours, depending on the size of your backup and how fast your internet connection is. While the download is in progress, make sure your iPhone or iPad is not charging and your iDevice is not automatically backing up to iCloud during this process.
- Once the download is completed you will be able to see all the data available for recovery in the 'Available data' section.
To recover your photos, contacts, calendar data, SMS, videos, recordings, notes, call history or any other data, simply click on the blue link corresponding to the type of data you want to recover from your iCloud backup. Choose the path of the files you want to extract, and that's all you have to do.
For example, if you need to recover all your photos stored in your iCloud backup, click the 'Extract' button, next to photos [159 photos in our case]. Do the same for any type of data you need to recover.
Please note that the iPhone Backup Extractor will only be able to download complete iCloud backups. Before you start downloading an iCloud backup, make sure your iDevice is not backing up.
Just make sure you are using iPhone Backup Extractor v6 and that you tick on 'Access iCloud backups for iOS 9 and above' before you sign in and start downloading your iCloud backup data or iCloud Photo Stream photos.
Guide for: Download iOS 9 and 10 iCloud backup data.
Need help recovering data from your iCloud or iTunes backups? Don't hesitate to contact our experts support team, and we will be glad to assist you.