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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 iCloudVideos
Recover photos from iCloudPhotos
Recover call logs from iCloudCall logs
Recover Contacts from iCloudContacts
Recover notes from iCloudNotes
Recover calendar from iCloudCalendar
Recover WhatsApp from iCloudWhatsApp
Recover App Data from iCloudApp Data
Restore data from iCloudEverything 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 computerA computer
Alt text iCloudAn iCloud backup
Alt text iPBEiPhone 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 11. iCloud sign-in procedure
How to recover iPhone from iCloud backup step 22. The data is downloaded from the iCloud
How to retrieve iPhone from iCloud backup step 33. 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 44. iPhone Backup Extractor used in Overview Mode.
Recover iPhone from iCloud backup step 55. iPhone Backup Extractor used in Preview Mode
How to restore iPhone from iCloud backup step 66. iPhone Backup Extractor used in App view mode
Tutorial: Restore iPhone from iCloud backup step 77. iPhone Backup Extractor used in Expert mode
Guide: Restore iPhone deleted data from iCloud backup step 88. The data can be retrieved in different formats.
How to restore iPhone from iCloud backup step 99. 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.

Supported iOS versions, backups and devices

iPhone Backup Extractor is fully compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, and any macOS version from 10.7 and above. See below:

Devices Compatible with all iOS devices iPhone 4, 4S, iPhone 5, 5C, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
iOS It works with all iOSes iOS 11, iOS 10, iOS 9, iOS 8, iOS 7 and lower
Backups Full support for all backups Corrupted backup, iCloud backup, 2FA iCloud backup, Encrypted backup

Data privacy and security With more than 8 years of experience, Reincubate adheres fully to the strictest data privacy laws. Your iCloud credentials are not stored in any way on any third party server or on our servers. The connections are encrypted and secured.

iPhone Backup Extractor is clean of adware, viruses or spyware.
iCloud and iTunes support No viruses Compatible with all iOS devices

Ready to test it with your iPhone?

See what iPhone Backup Extractor can do for you.

30 day money back guarantee Support for iOS 11, iOS 10, iPhone 7 and every iPhone, iPad and iPod.

Why trust us?

Reincubate's CEO at Buckingham Palace

Here’s a photo of our founder Aidan (the tall guy) meeting Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, after Reincubate was awarded the UK’s highest business award for our work since 2008 on developing this technology. We invented the iPhone Backup Extractor, the first tool on the market for iOS data recovery. We’re on a mission to help people make the most of their data in an ethical, transparent way. You can read more about Reincubate, our values, and our position on privacy and data security.

Can we improve this guide and help others recover more of their data, or have we helped you with your recovery? We’ve been doing this for 10 years but there’s always room to improve, and we love hearing how people get on. Why not drop us an email at the address below, or tweet us @reincubate?

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iTunes support

Works with Windows and Mac

Customer support

Preview iCloud device list



iCloud and iTunes support

Works with Windows and Mac

Customer support

5 iCloud devices


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

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Forensics and iOS expert

For business and pro users


25 iCloud devices

High priority customer support

Commercial license

All benefits of our premium plan

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