How to Restore Messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR

After upgrading to new iPhone XS or iPhone XR, you must want to move some important data from iCloud or iTunes to your new iPhone, like messages, contacts, photos and so on. If you just want to restore wanted data like only messages to iPhone XS/XR from iCloud, then follow this guide to make it with ease.

By Thea Lewis | Posted on: Oct. 18, 2018, Last Updated: Nov. 07, 2018
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Want to restore text messages, iMessages, or WhatsApp messages from iCloud to your new iPhone XS or iPhone XR? This article is intended to show you two ways to help you make it with ease. Keep reading on this post and give a try on PhoneRescue.

With the release of 3 new iPhones in September, more and more iPhone users would like to update to new iPhone XS or iPhone XR. When you get a new iPhone, no matter it is an iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max or an iPhone XR, moving some important data to the new iPhone is the first thing most users do, like contacts, notes, calendar, photos, etc., and messages, including text message, iMessage and WhatsApp messages, is also no exception.

How to Restore Messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR

How to Restore Messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR

In terms of copying messages to new iPhone XS/XR, you have three options: copy messages from your old iPhone to iPhone XS/XR, restore from iTunes backup to iPhone XS/XR, and also restore from iCloud to your iPhone XS/XR. This post aims to show you how to restore messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR, applying for text messages, iMessages, and WhatsApp messages.

How to Restore Messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR

Part 1: Restore Messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR by Restoring the Whole Backup

To restore messages from iCloud to iPhone XS and iPhone XR, the first idea comes to your mind must be restoring from iCloud backup. Yes, that is the way do can help you restore messages and other content in the iCloud backup to your iPhone.

However, this method has two shortcomings, one it that it only supports restoring the whole backup, the other one is that it will replace the current data on your iPhone. If you want to only restore messages from iCloud, if you don’t want to lose existing data on your iPhone now, or if you want to restore messages from more than one iCloud backup, then, you can go to Part 2.

Well, if you have no worry about restoring the whole backup and new data loss, you can follow steps below to restore messages and other data from iCloud to your iPhone XS or iPhone XR.

Step 1 Turn on your iPhone XS or iPhone XR.

Step 2 From the Apps & Data screen, choose Restore from iCloud Backup.

Step 3 Sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 4 Proceed to “Choose Backup”, select one backup from a list of available iCloud backups. Then wait for the restoring process. When it’s done, your iPhone XS/XR will restart and begin to download your messages, photos, books, and other content.

If you’ve already set up your new iPhone, the steps at the beginning are a little bit different, you should go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Then set up the iPhone as a new iPhone, the rest of the steps are the same.

Part 2: Restore Only Messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR

In this part, we will introduce you a useful iOS backup extract tool PhoneRescue for iOS, which not only makes it possible to restore only messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR, but also enables you to preview backup data details and gives you the most freedom to restore what you really wanted. Restoring several messages, all the messages, all kinds of messages, everything is up to you. Moreover, this restoring won’t cause any Settings change and data loss on your new iPhone.

Now, let’s see how to only restore wanted messages from iCloud to iPhone XS or iPhone XR with PhoneRescue for iOS.

Step 1 Download and install PhoneRescue for iOS on your Mac or PC computer. Connect your iPhone XS or iPhone XR to the computer. Open PhoneRescue and select Recover from iCloud.

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Restore Only Messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR - Step 1

Restore Only Messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR – Step 1

Step 2 Sign in iCloud with your Apple ID.

Restore Only Messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR - Step 2

Restore Only Messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR – Step 2

Step 3 Click iCloud Backup.

Restore Only Messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR - Step 3

Restore Only Messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR – Step 3

Step 4 Select on iCloud backup > Click Download > Then it would pop up a window for you to choose what kind of data type you would like to restore, only check Messages > Click OK button to continue.

Restore Only Messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR - Step 4

Restore Only Messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR – Step 4

Step 5 After downloading, preview and select the messages, iMessages or WhatsApp messages you want to restore > Click on To iDevice button to put them to your iPhone.

Restore Only Messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR - Step 5

Restore Only Messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR – Step 5

If you can’t find messages you need from iCloud, it means that the iCloud backup doesn’t contain the messages. Then you can try to make a new iCloud backup of your old device or restore the messages from iTunes backup.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, PhoneRescue for iOS can help you restore specific messages from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR. Besides, it also supports selectively restore photos, contacts, notes, calendar, etc. from iCloud, as well as from iTunes backup. Have a try on PhoneRescue for iOS now.

Thea Lewis

Member of iMobie team, an Apple fan as well as a movie lover, take pleasure in sharing workarounds of iOS & Android related problems.