How to Access and View iCloud Backups

Wonder how to view iCloud backups? The guide will show you how to view iCloud backups and access iCloud backup files with 3 simple methods.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Mar. 20, 2020
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I recently backed up my iPhone to iCloud. I can see that there is data backed up but cannot access this data from my computer. Is there any way to access the iCloud backup from my PC? Thank you!

iCloud is a good service that Apple developed for iOS users to back up and restore contents. But for most users, it is easy to back up their iOS device with iCloud, but a little bit difficult to check the iCloud backup on the computer. In most cases, to view these files in the iCloud backup, users would choose to do a full restore of their devices. But with this method, all the existing data on the iPhone will be erased and replaced with the files in the iCloud backup.

So, in the following guide, we will not only show you the detailed steps to access iCloud backups on your computer and iPhone, but also share you another direct way to view iCloud backup without erasing anything.

Part 1. How to Access iCloud backups on your Mac or PC

There are two different ways for Mac and Windows users to access their iCloud backups, the detailed steps are as below:

If you are a Mac user:

Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > click iCloud > Manage.

If you are a Windows user who have downloaded iCloud Control Center:

Window 10: Choose Start menu > All Programs. Click iCloud > iCloud.

Windows 8.1: Go to the Start screen > Click the down arrow in the lower-left corner > Click iCloud app > Manage.

Windows 8: Go to the Start screen > Click the iCloud > Manage.

Windows 7: Choose Start menu > All Programs > iCloud > iCloud > Manage.

Apple doesn’t give you much control of your iCloud backup. There are no backup lists for you to view all content in the backups like call history, voice memo, third-party apps, etc. If you want to view more iCloud backup files, please go to Part 2 to check it.

Part 2. Access and Check iCloud Backup with AnyTrans

When accessing iCloud backups on your computer, you can only see the whole backup files. In other words, you can’t check every single picture or contact, you don’t know what exactly you have backed up. Luckily, some third-party tools enable you to both access and check iCloud backups. AnyTrans for iOS, a powerful iTunes and iCloud backup browser, which allows you to access and view iCloud backup without limitations. Here are the features of AnyTrans:

AnyTrans for iOS – iCloud Access Tool

  • No limitation in accessing and checking iCloud backups.
  • Download iCloud backup wholly/selectively without data loss.
  • Supports to only backup the new data that is not in the existing backups.
  • Air Backup feature helps users to backup their iPhones with Wi-Fi.

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Now, Free Download AnyTrans for iOS to your computer and then follow the detailed steps to view your iCloud backups.
Step 1. Launch AnyTrans for iOS on your computer.

Step 2. Click iCloud Manager and log in iCloud with your Apple ID and password. Don’t worry, AnyTrans will not retain your Apple account info or content.

Find iCloud Manager on the interface

Find iCloud Manager on the interface

Step 3. Click iCloud Backup on the lower right corner of the interface.

Find iCloud Backup in Category Management Page

Find iCloud Backup in Category Management Page

Step 4. Now you can access your iCloud backups. There is a backup list on the left side, you can check the backup time and size. Select the one with the content you want to view, and then download it.

Download the iCloud Backup You Want to View

Download the iCloud Backup You Want to View

Step 5. Once the iCloud backup is downloaded, you can select the category of iOS content and view them, and you can also export them to the PC/Mac computer.

AnyTrans for iOS also lets you transfer data from iPhone to iCloud, computer or iTunes as a backup. Besides that, if you just get one new iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR, AnyTrans for iOS can help you transfer data from your old iPhone to the new iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR quickly.

Part 3. How to Check iCloud Backup Online

If you do not download the iCloud Control Center on Windows, you can also check iCoud backup online. To check iCloud backup online, all you need to do is log in to your iCloud account at But it is worth mentioning that only a few types of data can be viewed via this method. You have no access to the data like app data, call history, voice memos, MMS messages, text messages, iMessages, etc.

Step 1: Open a browser and enter > Sign in to your iCloud account with Apple ID and password.

How to Check iCloud Backup Online

How to Check iCloud Backup Online

Step 2: A list of all the data in the iCloud account will be displayed, just click on the type of data you would like to view.

Bonus Tip:How to Backup iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch Automatically

Making an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch backup manually could be a time-consuming yet labor-consuming task. But backing up content on your device regularly is quite necessary to protect you from data loss. Here, AnyTrans for iOS provides you a more flexible iPhone backup solution – Air Backup.

Air Backup makes a backup of your iPhone automatically as your preferred frequency – daily, weekly, monthly … You don’t need to do anything, and it backs up your iPhone wirelessly and silently. To get more detailed steps here: How to Backup iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch Automatically >

How to Backup iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch Automatically

How to Backup iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch Automatically

Quick Fixes: iTunes Backup Not Enough Space Is Available on Computer > 

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to view iCloud backups. If you will have other problems while viewing iCloud backup files, feel free to leave them in the comment section and we will reply to you soon. Actually, AnyTrans for iOS can also let you upload iPhone data to iCloud, or backup your iPhone data to computer or iTunes, why not get it and have a try now? If this article is useful to you, don’t forget to share it with your friends.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iPhone related issues.