How to recover data from iOS 9.3 iCloud backups
If you’ve reached this place, you’re probably one of the many iPhone, iPad or iPod touch users who upgraded to iOS 9.3. Well done! iOS 9.3 contains features like Night Shift mode, Touch ID protection for Notes and several new 3D Touch shortcuts, considered a massive turning point versus iOS 9.
As with all good things in the world, iOS 9.3 brought some challenges as well. We’ll cover in this article how you can address many of these issues from a data recovery perspective with the help of the iPhone Backup Extractor.
iPhone Backup Extractor offers a safe, easy and comprehensive way for retrieving iCloud or iTunes backup data to your PC or Mac.
Since the previous iOS 9 version launch, we continuously enhanced iPhone Backup Extractor’s features. Here are some of them:
iOS 9.3 iCloud support
We still support major iOS iCloud formats: iOS 9/ iOS 8/ iOS 7 and previous.
Retrieve deleted photos from iCloud
Now available, new extraction option for deleted pictures: we offer recovery for pictures that are still in the “Recently Deleted” folder. This folder pops into action when a user erases a photo. The deleted photo automatically goes into this folder, meaning that it’s not truly erased from your iPhone or iPad. Users have up to 30 days to recover deleted photos from the “Recently Deleted” folder until they get deleted permanently.
We also added photo extraction by album: when using iPhone Backup Extractor to recover photos from iCloud or iTunes backups, you will retrieve them on your PC or Mac keeping the same structure.
Safari/ browsing history recovery
With iOS 9.3, Apple removed browser history data from backups newly created. Once you upgraded to 9.3, the browser history module won’t return any browsing history created since the upgrade, although it will continue to return older data. We are proud to announce we have a new technique for accessing iCloud data and offer a way to access the browsing history. At the moment, we only offer this module for iCloud API, our enterprise product. In case you’re interested in recovering this type of data, just drop us an email and we’ll see how we can help you.
Recover iPhone messages
One of the most important things that iOS 9.3 brought, according to Naked Security by Sophos, was fixing 27 security weaknesses, and one of the serious now-fixed bugs (whew!) relates to iMessages and the possibility of having them intercepted and cracked.
We continue to offer message recovery from iCloud and iTunes backups: see what you have to do to recover deleted messages from iPhone.
Recover your lost iPhone contacts
Several Reddit members reported contacts data lost after iOS 9.3 update – here is what you can do in this case to recover them with the help of iPhone Backup Extractor.
How to retrieve your messages from Hike Messenger, Line and other messaging apps
We increased our reach on app data recovery with Line and Hike Messenger. Aside them, we continue to support IOS app data recovery for WhatsApp, Kik,, Viber, WeChat and more, all from both iCloud and iTunes backups.
Recover Notes and Notes attachments
The iPhone Backup Extractor now extracts Notes attachments: it’s OK to attach photos in your Notes. In fact it always was. As long as you can recover them when disaster strikes: yes, you now can! iPhone Backup Extractor offers this feature: read how to recover Notes from iPhone/ iPad/ iPod.
Recover restrictions passcode
And off course we continue to recover your restrictions PIN on iOS 9.3 iCloud and iTunes backups.
Here are the main steps in iCloud backup data recovery using the iPhone Backup Extractor:
- Download and install iPhone Backup Extractor for Mac OS X or Windows PC.
We recommend you activate the Premium license to unlock all limitations and enjoy full access to your iCloud backup data. Please note that the Lite and Basic licenses will only let you see your available iCloud backup, its size and date, but not the actual data. Get now your Premium license for iCloud backup access!
The Business license of the software can be used for up to 20 iCloud devices on 5 different PCs.
- Sign in to iCloud:
Click Preferences > iCloud > Access iCloud backups for iOS 9 and above.
You can access Preferences by clicking on the bottom left “Add backups” button on Windows or the “+” on Mac OS X.
You’ll need your iCloud username and password. Note that for avoiding data conflicts, you need to make sure your iCloud backup is not updating during this procedure. Just check that your device is not charging or USB connected. Apple usually does iCloud backups of your iDevice data if connected over Wi-Fi, to the Internet, plugged into a power source or locked.
- Explore your iCloud backup data: click on the left pane “Devices” list and select the iCloud backup corresponding to the device you want to recover data from.
You will then be given 3 tab options of exploring your iCloud data: Categories, Individual Files and Full Backup.
- If you wish to extract only a specific data category like Photos, Notes, WhatsApp, SMS or more, then we recommend you use 'Categories' and click “Download”.
- If you are more tech-savvy and know specifics of that specific file you want, you should use 'Individual files'; please note that loading all the individual files it might take longer, depending on the size of your backup.
- If you wish to download your complete backup, click on “Full Backup”. Be aware that this last option will download you all your backup files.
- View your data: Download is complete > OK > View and Extract your downloaded iCloud data just as you'd view and extract any normal offline iTunes backup.
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If any of the above steps is not working for you, or if you wish to find out recovery information for other type of iOS data, we’re happy to assist you through our team, just drop them an email.