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: Jun. 02, 2020
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PhoneRescue for iOS – No.1 iCloud Backup Extractor

Free download and install iMobie PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer firstly, and then follow the guide to retrieve data, files or other information you want from iCloud or iCloud backup.

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 PhoneRescue for iOS

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 to get what you want. Here we highly recommend PhoneRescue for iOS, which is the most comprehensive iOS data recovery solution you may ever find. Here are some main features you may be interested in:

  • It can help you extract more than 12 iOS contents from the iCloud backup, like Photos, Videos, Voice Memos, WhatsApp, Text Messages, Contacts, Call History, Notes, Reminders, etc.
  • It allows you to check the iCloud backup files before retrieving and you can selectively recover the files you prefer in your iCloud backup.
  • No need to erase anything before recovering, no blindly full restore.
  • More than anything, it guarantees you the high safety for your personal data, without any malicious software.

Now, free download PhoneRescue for iOS to your computer and then follow the detailed steps to view your iCloud backups.

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Step 1: Launch PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Connect iOS device to computer with the USB cable (Optionally) > Select “Recover from iCloud” mode

Choose Recover from iCloud on the Homepage

Choose Recover from iCloud on the Homepage

Step 2: Then you need to sign in to iCloud > Tap iCloud Backup > Choose & Download one of the backups if you have more than one.

Click iCloud Backup to View

Click iCloud Backup to View

Step 3: You can scan and preview any data you want displaying as below. If you want to scan all categories, please check Select All option. If you only want to recover some categories, please uncheck Select All option and then choose your wanted data. It will take a few minutes to scan all data from the iCloud backup file. Please keep patient.

Choose All Data in iCloud Backup or Selectively

Choose All Data in iCloud Backup or Selectively

Step 4: Here we take photos as an example, you can choose some photos to view > Tap the button “Recover to Computer” to check on your Mac/PC, or tap “Recover to Device” to check on your iPhone.

Choose the Photos you Want to View

Choose the Photos you Want to View

Step 5: When the recovery process is complete, you will see the Complete page. You can click “Click here” to check the location of the exported files.

Recover Complete Page

Recover Complete Page

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 iCoud.com. 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 iCloud.com > 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. And, PhoneRescue for iOS can help you check and view iCloud backup data wholly and selectively with ease, why not get it and have a try now? 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.

Joy Taylor

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