How to Retrieve Data from iCloud (Backup) for iPhone iPad

Want to retrieve data from iCloud but don’t know how? In this guide, we will show you how to retrieve data from iCloud (backup) with and without restoring iPhone iPad.

By iMobie | Posted on: Nov. 21, 2018, Last Updated: Nov. 29, 2018

With the new iOS released, many users will upgrade their iPhone/iPad/iPod touch to iOS 12. It is recommended to backup your device via iCloud or iTunes, so that you can easily get back lost data if you suffer a failed update. To help you update your iPhone to iOS 12 smoothly, we offer you the most common iOS update problems and solutions.

As an iPhone or iPad user, you know, once you enable iCloud on, and connect your iPhone iPad to a Wi-Fi network and a power source, all your iOS contents will be backed up to iCloud server. However, once you backed up iOS contents to iCloud, or created an iCloud backup, you never can retrieve or view what you had backed up unless you plan to restore your iPhone iPad or iPod touch with them. This makes it impossible to retrieve some specific data or file from iCloud backup.

How to Retrieve Data from iCloud

How to Retrieve Data from iCloud

Therefore, many users wonder how to retrieve data from iCloud, is there any way to retrieve information from iCloud without restoring iDevice, even how to selectively get data or files from iCloud instead of the whole backup files, etc. If you also are one of them, you will figure them out after reading this guide.

Normally, people want to retrieve data from iCloud may due to the following reasons:

Next, we will show you how to retrieve data from iCloud via 2 efficient ways, including a new way – retrieving data from iCloud backup without restoring iDevice, and a traditional way – restoring from iCloud with full restore.

PhoneRescue – 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.

How to Retrieve Data from iCloud without Restoring

To retrieve data from iCloud without full restoring, you need to take advantage of some powerful iOS data recovery software that can help you get what you want from your iCloud backup. And here we highly recommend PhoneRescue for iOS, which is recognised as the #1 iOS data recovery tool in the market.

PhoneRescue for iOS 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. Unlike the traditional iCloud way, with PhoneRescue, there’s no need to erase anything before recovering, no blindly full restore. PhoneRescue for iOS not only allows you to check the iCloud backup files before retrieving, but also supports selectively recovering the files you prefer in your iCloud backup.

More than anything, it guarantees you the high safety for your personal data, without any malicious software. Now, let’s check how to retrieve data from iCloud without erasing data.

Step 1Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Launch it.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2 Connect your device to the computer > Select Recover from iCloud > Click on Right Arrow to enter next page.

How to Retrieve Data from iCloud without Restoring - Step 2

How to Retrieve Data from iCloud without Restoring – Step 2

Step 3 Sign in with your Apple ID > Select the backup you need > A notification screen will pop up to select file types. Choose all data here, and the click OK button > Take some minutes to download it > Click on Right Arrow to scan the backup.

How to Retrieve Data from iCloud without Restoring - Step 3

How to Retrieve Data from iCloud without Restoring – Step 3

Step 4 Preview and select the items you need > Click on To Computer button to get them back.

How to Retrieve Data from iCloud without Restoring - Step 4

How to Retrieve Data from iCloud without Restoring – Step 4

  • PhoneRescue for iOS work well with both of Windows and Mac computer, and it is also compatible with all backups based on iOS versions, like iOS 12/11/10/9/8.
  • Retrieving data from iCloud is limited to that you have made an iCloud backup of your iPhone iPad in advance, and this iCloud backup contains the data you want to retrieve.
  • If you fail to recover data from iCloud, you can use PhoneRescue for iOS to scan your iPhone iPad iPod touch thoroughly and recover deleted data without Backup.
  • When retrieving data from iCloud with PhoneRescue for iOS, except your can exporting retrieve data to PC or Mac computer, you also can get them back to your iPhone iPad directly. All you need to do is clicking To iDevice button in Step 3 of Method 1.

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Retrieve Files from iCloud by Restoring Your iDevice

Retrieving data or information from iCloud with restoring iDevice, all the current data and settings on your iPhone iPad will be erased. If you just want to extract some specific iOS data or file from iCloud, you can move to Method 1 to make it.

For users getting a new iPhone:

Launch Setup Assistance and follow screen prompt to set up your new iPhone > Select Restore from iCloud Backup when Apps & Data options pops up > Next > Enter your Apple ID and password > Agree to iCloud terms and conditions > Pick up the right and compatible iCloud backup you made > Stay connected and wait for the process to finish.

For other users:

Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings > Erase iPhone/iPad/iPod > Enter your password to confirm it > Input the password of your Apple ID to proceed > Waiting for iPhone to erase contents and restart > Set up your iDevice as it is a new one, and then follow this step-by-step guide to finish the setup.

Erase iPhone and Restore iDevice with an iCloud Backup

Erase iPhone and Restore iDevice with an iCloud Backup

The Bottom Line

As you can see, with iMobie PhoneRescue for iOS, it is easy enough to retrieve data, files or information from iCloud (backup). More than anything, you don’t need to restore your device, and all the data on your device will keep intact. Why Not Download and Give It A Try Now >

iMobie

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