3 Methods to Restore Apps and App Data from iCloud

An iCloud backup usually consists of all your iOS device files including your photos, videos, apps and even apps data. The backup preserves your app data as it thinks you will need it when you restore your device using one of the backups you have on your iCloud account. In this guide, you will learn to restore apps from iCloud using several ways.

There are multiple ways to get your iCloud apps restored on your iOS device. Let's check out all the ways on how to restore apps from iCloud on your iOS device such as your iPhone and iPad.

Method 1. Download Apps from iCloud via App Store

If you happen to remember what apps you had on your iOS device before you created the backup, you can install those apps from the official App Store on your device. All it requires you to do is open the App Store, search for your apps, and hit the install button to install the apps on your iOS device.

The following shows how you can do it on an iPhone. The steps should work for an iPad as well as both iPhone and iPad run the iOS operating system.

From the springboard of your iPhone, choose the App Store icon and tap on it to open it.

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After opening the official App Store, tap on the search icon in the bottom bar and enter in the name of the app you want to install. Then, tap on Get to install the app on your device.

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The app will begin to download and install on your device. Depending on the size of the app, it may take from a few seconds to a few minutes to download to your device. Once the app is downloaded, you will find it on the springboard of your iOS device from where you can launch the app.

Method 2. Official Way Restore App Data from iCloud Backup with Reset

What the above method does is it allows you to restore apps without having you to reset your iOS device. If you don't mind getting your data erased from your device, then you have an effortless way to restore app from iCloud backup and this one doesn't even require you to recall the names of the apps you had on your device.

Let's see how to download apps from iCloud by resetting your iOS device:

The first thing you will do is reset your device. Tap on Settings on your springboard and head to General > Reset and tap on Erase All Content and Settings.

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After your iOS device has been erased, reboot your device and you will be on the set up screen. When you reach the apps & data screen, tap on the option that says Restore from iCloud Backup.

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You will be asked to log-in to your iCloud account after which you can choose a backup with your apps to be restored on your device. Once the backup is restored, your iOS device will begin to download all the apps you have in your iCloud backup from the official App Store.

Keep in mind that your backups don't include the actual apps. It only contains references to the apps which your device will download itself after the backup has been restored.

Method 3. Selectively Restore Apps Data from iCloud Backup

As you may have noticed, in the above method, you don't get the option to selectively restore apps from your iCloud backup. Maybe you only wish to install certain apps on your device and not all the apps you have in the backup. Unfortunately, Apple by default doesn't give you the option to do that but you have a third-party software that allows users to do it.

Meet Tenorshare UltData, an iPhone data recovery software that allows you to selectively restore apps and other data from your backups including iCloud backups. Using this software, you can choose a backup to restore apps from and it will get the job done for you. Here's how to use the software:

Download and launch the software on your computer. Click on the Recover from iCloud Backup File option at the top and then sign-in to your iCloud account as you normally would.

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After you're signed-in to your iCloud account, select a backup that contains your apps and apps data and hit Next.

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On the following screen is where you can be selective and choose what data to be restored from your iCloud backup. Tickmark the data you want to restore and click on Next to continue.

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The software will scan your backup and let you preview the files before you restore them. Choose the data you want to restore and click on the Recover button.

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There you go. You have successfully restored chosen apps and their data on your iOS device using UltData.

It's important to have a backup of your apps and their data and it's equally important to learn how to get apps from iCloud if the need ever arises. The guide above should teach you the latter thing, so you know how you can have your apps restored from your iCloud backups. Also, if you're choosy when it comes to downloading stuff, you will love the UltData software for its ability to let you selectively restore data on your device.

/ Posted by Jerry Cook to iCloud Follow @Jerry Cook