3 Ways to Access iCloud Backup Files

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3 Ways to Access iCloud Backup Files

With portable devices, there’s always a risk of losing or damaging your hardware when you’re out and about. As such, it makes sense to make regular backups of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iCloud. The backup process happens on a day to day basis that is when the device is on power source and locked with an active internet connection. Also, there several ways to access to and download iCloud backup files, follow this article and check it out.

1. Access iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch backups via iCloud.com

There are several ways you can access to your iCloud backup. To login icloud.com could be the most common way. On your computer, sign in the website (https://www.icloud.com/) with your apple ID user name and password. All types of backup files would be list on the website, you are able to click to access certain data.

Pros: It is a very convenient and secured way of accessing personal data. By this way, you can also upload some data to iCloud from computer, such as pages, contacts, photos, notes.

Cons: This method limits the access to wide range of data, such as WhatsApp attachments, photo stream, call history, iMessage, SMS, and MMS messages. Besides, iCloud.com is only giving you access to iwork files not pdf and other documents.


2. Access iCloud backup using iCloud Control Panel

While Apple offers two methods of accessing iCloud backup files — via iCloud.com, or via iCloud Control Panel. With iCloud for Windows, you’ll have your photos, videos, mail, calendar, files, and other important information on the go and on your Windows PC. To extract iCloud backups from iCloud Control Panel:

Pros: Once turned on iCloud Photo Library (Click Photos> Options> iCloud Photo Library> Done> Apply), you can manage and delete your photos and videos (synced with Windows PC) from the Photos app of your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. And when you turn on iCloud Photo Sharing, you can share your captured memories with just the people you choose.

Cons: The data that could be downloaded is limited to photos, videos, etc. It can be depressing for users restricted to particular access of the data. What's worse, you are not able to preview your backup files before download.


3. Access iCloud backup via Syncios Data Recovery

NOTE: Since Apple changed its terms, Syncios is temporarily unavailable for downloading iCloud backup. Please look forward to the follow-up upgrade. However, you can still recover data from iTunes backup to your device via Syncios.

Unfortunately, as methods we mentioned above, Apple doesn't provides much control over the backed up data. You are unable to access all the data or maybe some specific data you need. Secondly, we would love to browse iCloud backup in well-organized way, which makes us easier to search certain data. Given the current situation, I am going to introduce another way to access your iCloud backup data without these limitations and help save the data you need to computer or restore them to your idevice.

Syncios Data Recovery, the best alternative to iCloud.com and iCloud control panel, provides a professional and secured way to access iCloud backups. It supports more than 16 file types including Contacts, Messages, Photos, WhatsApp Messages, etc. offers both Mac and Windows Version.

Step 1To access to iCloud backup, download and install Syncios data recovery, launch it and choose "Recover from iCloud backup file" on top menu bar. Then, sign into your Apple iCloud account.

sign in iCloud

Step 2After logging in, select the iCloud backup file you need to recover data from and click Download to download it first.

iCloud backup files

Step 3 Choose the type of files you'd like to download. On the pop-out dialog, all the contents from the iCloud backup file including contacts, notes, calendar, Camera Roll will be displayed in detail. Then you just need to select contents you’d like to recover. Then click next to move further.

select files to download

Step 4 After the scan process is finished, we can select the data type we need and preview them first. It supports to preview almost all the data type you have in iCloud. Check the data you need and click Recover the save the data to your computer or iPhone/iPad/iPod.

select scanning device

Pros: Supports to preview iCloud backup files before restoring.

Cons: Not Free. The trial version provide free scan and preview of the data.


4. Recover iCloud backup via Syncios Data Transfer

NOTE: Since Apple changed its terms, Syncios is temporarily unavailable for downloading iCloud backup. Please look forward to the follow-up upgrade. However, you can still recover data from iTunes backup to your device via Syncios.

The latest update of Syncios Data Transfer now fully supports recovering iCloud backup to iOS and even Android devices. You can recover your Contacts, Messages, Call logs, DCIM photos, Bookmarks and Notes to your mobile devices via this handy transfer tool.

Step 1To access to iCloud backup, download and install Syncios iCloud Transfer, launch it and come to Restore mode on homepage. Then, sign into your Apple iCloud account.

Step 2After logging in, select the iCloud backup file you need to recover data from and click Download to download it first. Click "View or scan the downloaded iCloud backup" after the backup is downloaded successfully.

Step 3Choose the type of files you'd like to download. On the pop-out dialog, all the contents from the iCloud backup file including contacts, messages, call logs, DCIM photos, notes and bookmarks will be displayed in detail. Then you just need to select contents you’d like to recover. Then click "Next".

Pros: Supports directly recovering iCloud backup to iOS/Android devices. Supports directly phone to phone transfer. Also enables users to restore data from iTunes backup.

Cons: Not Free. Only supports recovering 5-6 kinds of iCloud backup contents.

Conclusion

All three methods have been listed above, and do you have any better ideas to download iCloud backup? You can share it on the comment. Moreover, if you have any problems or encountered some issues while downloading iCloud backup, you can also leave a comment below or directly contact us. We are very welling to hear from you and find solutions for you.


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