How to Access iPhone/iPad/iPod Photos, Messages, Notes from iCloud Backup with Ease

With the 2nd round of celebrity photo leak, most of you must be wondering what kind of stuff you've synced to iCloud. But unfortunately, you can't read iCloud backup on PC (a package with all data mixed together displaying as unreadable code) as usual as you browse documents.

Does that mean there's no way for you to access photos, contacts, videos, etc. from iCloud backup on PC? Of course not! On the contrary, you have 3 options to browse iCloud backup just as below.

How to Access iPhone/iPad/iPod iCloud Backup files

The following are the detailed instructions on how to access iCloud backup files for iPhone SE/6s/6s Plus/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4s, iPad 4/3/2, iPad Air 2/Air, iPad mini 3/2 and iPod touch 5/4.

Option 1: Browse iCloud backup files by logging onto iCloud official site

This is the only way that Apple allows you to check iCloud backup online. All you need is to enter (no follow) and log in with your iCloud account or Apple ID. Then you'll be able to browse contacts, notes, reminders, mails, calendar, pages, numbers and keynote documents in iCloud just as the picture shows.

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If you want check photos, recorded videos, text messages and more from iCloud backup files, you'd better skip to Option 3.

Option 2: Access iCloud backup by restoring your iPhone/iPad/iPod

Though it's stupid to overwrite all existing data by restoring your iPhone/iPad/iPod with the iCloud backup that you want to access, it's indeed a way.

  • Step 1: Navigate to Settings >> General >> Reset >> Erase All Content and Settings on your iOS device (take iPhone for example). access icloud backup by restoring
  • Step 2: Follow the set up prompts to choose Restore from iCloud Backup >> Sign in with iCloud account. Then select an iCloud backup file to restore.

After restoring, you can directly read text messages, photos, contact and more from iCloud backup on your iPhone, iPad or iPod. But make sure to backup the current data on your iOS devices in advance.

Option 3: View iCloud backup with iCloud backup viewer

Honestly speaking, the best and easiest way to access iCloud backup files is to take advantage of a third-party iPhone Data Recovery. It empowers you to view up to 16 kinds of files which include photos, recorded videos and messages, far more than that in Option 1. Now let's see how it works.

If you do find something private when browsing photos, videos or messages in the iCloud backup, you can extract iCloud backup to PC and delete it afterwards.

/ Posted by Jerry Cook to iPhone Data Follow @Jerry Cook