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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.

sign in icloud.com


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:

icloud for windows

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

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 more easy to search certain data. Given the current situiation, 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 an 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.

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Step1. To 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 2: After logging in, select the iCloud backup file you need to recover data from and click Download to download it first.

scan iCloud backup file

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.

choose the type of files

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.

preview and restore the icloud backup

Pros: Supports to preview iCloud backup files before restoring.
Supports to download almost all types of data from iCloud.
Supports to restore notes and contacts to iDevice directly.
Sleek interface and better user experience.

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

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