How to Recover Deleted Data from iCloud Backup

Updated on March 24th, 2021

Rohit Arora

Summary: The iCloud backup comes as rescue in unfortunate incidents like data lost, deleted, or iPhone damaged or broken. This post shares how to recover deleted photos, videos, contacts, call history, messages, etc., from iCloud backup. Also, learn about the easiest and fastest tool – Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone, to restore deleted data on your iPhone or iPad.

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With iCloud, Apple has ensured your data is safe and protected. After unfortunate incidents like iPhone lost, damage, broken, iOS crash etc. that cause data loss, iCloud comes as a rescuer. However, there have been instances when users were not able to recover data from iCloud backup, like in below cases:

Case 1: After the iOS 12 upgrade, Steve found that many of his contacts and messages were missing from his iPhone X. He took to iCloud backup for the lost data on his device. But, to his surprise none of the lost messages or contacts could be seen in the iCloud backup.

Case 2: Susan mistakenly deleted last year’s vacation pictures from her Camera Roll. She restored iCloud backup to recover those photos. Though she got back the vacation pictures on her iPhone but lost many of her other photos and videos.

This post shares how you can efficiently recover deleted or lost photos, videos, Camera Roll, Contacts, Call History, Messages, Notes, Reminders, Calendar, Safari Bookmarks, Voice Memos, WhatsApp messages, Tango, Kik messages, Apps Library, etc., from iCloud backup.

The shared methods are applicable for all iPhone XS, XR, X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6 Plus, 6S, 6, 5S, 5C, 5, 4S and 4 and iOS 12

How to recover iPhone from iCloud backup

  1. Restore deleted data from iCloud Backup via iPhone
  2. Recover deleted data from via PC/ Mac
  3. Recover deleted data from iCloud Backup without losing existing data

Situations when iCloud recovery is the best way to go

  • Mistakenly deleted iPhone data
  • Lost iPhone data after iOS crash, iOS update, Factory Reset, Jailbreak attempts
  • Broken/lost/stolen iPhone
  • Water/liquid damaged iPhone
  • Jailbreak attempts
  • Want to recover data after iPhone stuck in recovery mode or at Apple logo screen, loop, virus attack, black screen of death etc.
  • Want to get old iPhone data on new iPhone

 Tip: Before going for iCloud recovery, don’t forget to backup iPhone to iCloud, so that you don’t miss on the most recent data on your iPhone. If the iOS device is already synced with iCloud, then directly retrieve from iCloud.

1. Recover deleted data from iCloud Backup via iPhone

To restore your iPhone data from iCloud, sign in to your iCloud account and restore the saved backup file. However, the process erases the complete existing data from your iPhone.

Steps Recover deleted data from iCloud Backup via iPhone

  • Open Settings on your iPhone
  • Follow General > Reset> Erase all Contents and Settings

  • Select Erase Now in the confirmation box
  • Follow the on screen instructions until you reach on the Apps & Data page

  • Tap Restore from iCloud Backup

  • Sign in to your iCloud account
  • Select the backup file from the list and wait to finish

recover from icloud backup

2. Recover deleted data from via PC/ Mac

In case, you don’t have the iPhone or it’s lost or broken, you can recover data from on your PC or Mac. It lets you restore deleted iPhone data from iCloud Drive and other apps.

iCloud recovery window

For example, to recover Contacts from follow the below steps:

  • Open in browser on computer
  • Sign in to your iCloud account
  • Click on Settings
  • Under Advanced, click Contacts
iCloud data recovery
Settings window in
  • Click the Restore
  • Click Restore to confirm

Likewise, you can restore deleted photos, videos, Notes, Calendar, and Reminders. also lets you recover last 30 days deleted items from the ‘Recently Deleted folder in iCloud Drive on

Steps to recover iPhone data from iCloud Drive in

  • Open
  • Click iCloud Drive
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Recently Deleted folder in iCloud Drive in
  • Click Recently Deleted at the bottom right corner
  • Select the file you want to restore, click Recover

3. Recover from iCloud Backup without losing existing iPhone data

iCloud data recovery software is a reliable method to extract lost or deleted data from iCloud. The software lets you restore iCloud backup without deleting the existing iPhone data. While keeping your current iPhone data, you can restore the lost photos, videos, messages, voice memos etc. Since with direct iCloud recovery it’s not possible to restore individual contacts, messages, photos, videos etc., the iCloud data recovery software remains a far more convenient utility.

It works in all iPhone data loss situations including deletion, theft, damage, iOS crash or iOS update, factory reset etc.

Steps to recover deleted data from iCloud Backup without losing existing iPhone data

  • Download and launch the trial* version of Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone on your PC or Mac

iPhone Data Recovery iPhone Data Recovery Mac

Note: You don’t necessarily need to connect your iOS device to recover iCloud backup. Connect it only when you want to save the recovered data in iPhone.

  • On the main screen, select Recover from iCloud Backup
Select Recover from iCloud backup
Recover from iCloud backup
  • Select what you want to recover and click Next
  • Enter the Apple ID and password
  • The available backup files from iCloud are listed. Select the relevant backup of your iPhone and click Scan
iCloud backup
Select iCloud backup file and scan
  • After scanning process ends, preview your data before recovery. If you don’t see the desired data in the list, click Deep Scan.
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Preview the found files
  • Select the items that you want to recover and click Save. You can view iCloud backup and  save the recovered data on your iPhone or computer.
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Save the recovered data on computer or iPhone

The trial software scans the media and shows preview of all the recoverable files. Once you are able to ascertain the effectiveness, you can save the recoverable files by activating the software.

Hope the post was helpful. Don’t forget to share your comments in the box below.

About The Author


Harsha is a technical expert who loves Mondays, technology and is a big time Apple fan. She knows her way around the data loss problems and is always looking for ways to help out people. 

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  1. Thank you for sharing, but can your software recover the data when there is no backup?
    I’m asking this because one of my friends told me to use Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery to recover my deleted messages from the phone, since I somehow don’t have any backup on iCloud. So I’m wondering can your product do this job too?

    1. Hi, Blair, you can try our software Free version that allows you to scan & preview files from iPhone, iCloud and iTunes.

    1. Hi Daniel, We would like to inform you that the software is capable of recovering the notes as well from iCloud Backup. We recommend you complete the Deep Scan and we believe that you will be able to recover the data. If you have still an issue, please contact our support team through email support[@] or call at +1-877-778-6087. Thanks!

  2. I had recently lost my iPhone in train. I would think it has been stolen. Now I found your blog on google and use the steps to recover iCloud Photo Library on another device and recover my personal photos. This information is helpful for me. Thanks!

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