How to Restore Messages from iCloud to iPhone

Wonder how to restore text messages from iCloud to iPhone? Follow this post to get two methods to retrieve messages from iCloud to iPhone with or without erasing iPhone data.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 08, 2020

When you want to transfer text messages from iCloud to a new iPhone, or when your text messages are lost from your iPhone, you can finish the task by restoring the messages from your iCloud backup. But how? In this post, we will mainly show you how to restore messages from iCloud to iPhone, with 2 methods. Let’s check it now.

Method 1. How to Restore Messages from iCloud to iPhone with iCloud Backup

If you have backed up your iPhone to iCloud, here are the detailed steps for you to restore text messages from the iCloud backup to iPhone. But before you take this method, there are a couple of notices you need to know first. It requires you to erase all existing data on your iPhone firstly. And this method won’t allow you to restore only text messages, it will restore the whole backup and replace the files on your iPhone.

Now, let’s see how to restore messages from iCloud backup to iPhone:

  1. Firstly, reset your iPhone.
  2. Go to Settings on your iPhone.
  3. Choose General, and then tap on Reset.
  4. Tap on the Erase All Content and Settings option.
  5. Follow the onscreen setup steps to reach the Apps & Data screen.
  6. Tap on the “Restore from iCloud Backup” option.
  7. Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID.
  8. Choose the backup stores the messages you need.
  9. Click Restore to start the restoring the backup to your iPhone.
  10. After the process finished, you can check the restored files on your iPhone.
Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

Depending on the size of the backup and the network speed, the progress bar might need a few minutes to an hour to complete. If you disconnect from Wi-Fi too soon, the progress will pause until you reconnect.

Method 2. How to Restore Text Messages from iCloud to iPhone without Erasing

If you don’t want to erase anything on your iPhone, or you just plan to extract only the text messages from the iCloud backup, you can try some iCloud backup extractor like PhoneRescue for iOS to do the task.

PhoneRescue – Restore iCloud Files

  • Enable you to view all iCloud files, extract only wanted text messages.
  • Won’t ask you to erase anything on your iPhone during the restoring process, no data loss risk.
  • Also support restoring data from iDevice directly, and from iTunes backup without erasing.

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Now, download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer, connect your device to the computer with a USB cable.  And then we begin with the detailed steps to retrieve messages from iCloud without erasing data on the iPhone.

1. Choose “Recover from iCloud”, then click the right arrow at the right corner.

Open PhoneRescue for iOS - Step 1

Open PhoneRescue for iOS – Step 1

2. Sign in your iCloud account, and choose the backup files contains the text messages you want, then click the download button to continue.

How to Restore Text Messages from iCloud to iPhone - Step 2

How to Restore Text Messages from iCloud to iPhone – Step 2

3. Check the Messages option only and click OK button, then it will begin downloading the iCloud backup.

How to Restore Text Messages from iCloud to iPhone - Step 3

How to Restore Text Messages from iCloud to iPhone – Step 3

4. Select the messages you want to recover, click on the “To iDevice” button to get them to your iPhone directly.

How to Restore Text Messages from iCloud to iPhone - Step 4

How to Restore Text Messages from iCloud to iPhone – Step 4

Bonus Tip: How to Backup iPhone Messages to iCloud – 2 Ways

There are two different methods to put the iPhone messages in iCloud.

Backup Messages with iCloud Syncing:

  1. Go to “Settings” on your iPhone.
  2.  Tap on [your name] and choose iCloud.
  3. Turn on the “Messages” option.
  4. Then all messages on your iPhone will be synced to your iCloud storage.
  5. Also, they can be seen on other iOS devices that login to the same iCloud account.

Backup Messages with iCloud Backup:

  1. Connect your device to a stable Wi-Fi network.
  2. Go to “Settings” on your iPhone.
  3. Tap on [your name], and tap iCloud.
  4. Tap on “iCloud Backup”.
  5. Tap on “Back Up Now” to start backing your iPhone.
  6. Stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes.
PhoneRescue – iCloud Backup Extraction Tool

Different from the traditional way, PhoneRescue for iOS can help you extract only text messages from iCloud backup. There’s no need to do a full restore, no need to erase anything on iPhone before restoring. Just Free Download it now to restore iPhone messages from iCloud easily.

The Bottom Line

As you can see from the steps above, PhoneRescue for iOS will definitely not erasing any data of your device, and you can restore any single message from iCloud backup to your iPhone. So why not have a try with it now? If you have any questions about it, you can contact our support team by email, or directly live chat in this page.

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.