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How to restore iPhone from iCloud backup

Learn how to download, extract and recover files from iCloud backup. A complete guide for iCloud data recovery.

Why use iPhone Backup Extractor
Recover deleted iCloud files
  • Restore any iCloud file from older backups
  • Restore iPhone from older iCloud backups
Keep your iCloud data secure
  • Create multiple iCloud backups
  • Selectively recover iCloud files without restoring to older versions
Replace & edit backup files
  • Export iCloud files to various file formats
What can be recovered
Recover iMessages from iCloud iMessages
Recover videos from iCloud Videos
Recover photos from iCloud Photos
Recover call logs from iCloud Call logs
Recover Contacts from iCloud Contacts
Recover notes from iCloud Notes
Recover calendar from iCloud Calendar
Recover WhatsApp from iCloud WhatsApp
Recover App Data from iCloud App Data
Restore data from iCloud Everything else

Before you get started, make sure your device is not creating an automatic backup while our software is recovering your files. If you recover files with our tool and creating a backup automatically to iCloud or iTunes, it’s possible that the recovery process could interfere with the files backup up at the same time.

Restoring your iPhone from iCloud backups doesn’t always come handy because often users want to recover only one file or one data or app category. The iPone Backup Extractor lets you explore the content of a backup and selectively restore them. Once you have access to your latest iCloud backups, you can recover and restore individual files, without restoring older iCloud backups. Let's get started.

  1. Download and install the latest iPhone Backup Extractor version;
  2. Purchase a license that suits you: Premium or Business. Learn more about each license on our website;
  3. Add your iCloud account;
  4. Choose the right device and download the right backup version;
  5. Preview files, photos, messages and chats before recovering them;
  6. Click extract and save your recovered files.

Read full instructions below.
You will need
Alt text computer A computer
Alt text iCloud An iCloud backup
Alt text iPBE iPhone Backup Extractor
How it works

1. Select the iCloud backup

Download and install the official version of iPhone Backup Extractor from our site. A Premium license is required for iCloud support.

If you want to recover or restore files from more than 5 devices you need a Business plan.

Click on the “+” button and add an iCloud account. User credentials are never stored, and the connection is secure and encrypted.

2. Download the iCloud backup

Selected a device, then a backup, and download it locally.

Unplug your device from a power source and disconnect it from WiFi to prevent it from overwriting backup files.

If you have an iPhone with a larger internal storage than the iCloud storage, iPhone Backup Extractor will download and recover or restore only what's been synced with a current or older iCloud backup.

3. Preview and extract

Once the backup has been downloaded go to “Overview” and check out which data categories are available. Use “Preview” mode for anything you’d like to preview first, such as messages, photos or Notes.

Use the “Expert mode” to recover individual files, databases, and to edit backup files - most useful in forensics. Use the “App view” mode to recover or restore files from installed apps.

Selected files are recovered and saved on your computer.

How to restore iPhone from iCloud backup step 1 1. iCloud sign-in procedure
How to recover iPhone from iCloud backup step 2 2. The data is downloaded from the iCloud
How to retrieve iPhone from iCloud backup step 3 3. Download complete. Now the iCloud backup can be used as a local iTunes backup file.
How to get back iPhone data from iCloud backup step 4 4. iPhone Backup Extractor used in Overview Mode.
Recover iPhone from iCloud backup step 5 5. iPhone Backup Extractor used in Preview Mode
How to restore iPhone from iCloud backup step 6 6. iPhone Backup Extractor used in App view mode
Tutorial: Restore iPhone from iCloud backup step 7 7. iPhone Backup Extractor used in Expert mode
Guide: Restore iPhone deleted data from iCloud backup step 8 8. The data can be retrieved in different formats.
How to restore iPhone from iCloud backup step 9 9. Data extraction successful.

NOTE: If your iPhone is 2FA enabled, you will need to have access to your default trusted device, in order to be able to unlock the iCloud and save the data.

Use the free trial to extract four files from iTunes backups. Buy a Premium license to unlock all features and capabilities.
Supported iOS versions and devices

Alt text devices Works with all iOS devices iPhone 4, 4S, iPhone 5, 5C, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
Alt iOS All iOS's are covered iOS 11, iOS 10, iOS 9, iOS 8, iOS 7 and lower
Alt backups All types of backups Encrypted backup, Corrupted backup, iCloud backup, 2FA iCloud backup

Data privacy and security Based in UK, we adhere fully to the strictest data privacy laws. Your data is 100% secure and confidential. Your credentials are under no circumstances stored on third-party servers or on our servers.

iPhone Backup extractor supports 2FA for iCloud logins, which we recommend you turn on, to ensure nobody else has access to your account and data. Beware of imitation software and keep your data and passwords safe!
Works with all iOS versions Privacy protection No local backup needed Virus, adware and spyware free
Want to learn more?

You are currently learning about extracting and recovering files from your iCloud backups. Can we suggest next steps? You could continue by finding out how to recover data from specific apps using local iTunes backups or how to regain access to your files by resetting your restrictions PIN.

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iCloud and iTunes support

Works with Mac and Windows

Customer support

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This is iPhone Backup Extractor, think of it as a "personal forensics" utility. It's pretty awesome.

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