How to Download iPhone iCloud Backup to Computer


December 06, 2016 09:00 / Posted by Boey Wong

How to view iCloud backups and download files from iCloud backup to computer without restoring the whole backup to my iPhone?

Download iCloud Backup to PC or Mac

Many Apple users prefer to backup their data to iCloud since iCloud enables them to do that without having to connect the device to computer comparing to iTunes. What’s more, users can restore backup from iCloud service without needing a local backup stored on their computer, which lets them perform an iCloud restore anytime and anywhere. But a truth you must be aware of is that you are not able to restore from iCloud backup without reset your iPhone, iPad or iPod in advance. Before restoring from iCloud backup to your iPhone, you have to factory reset iPhone. That means you will lose all contents and settings. I guess most of us don’t want that. Is there any way to access iCloud and selectively download or extract what you need from iCloud backup?

Of course, there is. All you need is a comprehensive iPhone backup extractor. Here in this guide we will introduce such a powerful software to you – FoneLab iPhone Data Recovery. And you will also learn how to access iCloud with several ways.

Part 1: How to Access iCloud

Access iCloud Backup via iCloud Official Site

Open your browser on the computer and log into

Then you can reach part of the iCloud backup including Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Photos, Notes, etc.

This way only gives you access to iwork files not PDF and other documents. WhatsApp, call history, SMS and MMS messages are not accessible, too.

iCloud Backup from Official Webiste

Download iCloud Control Panel for PC or Mac

Apple also offers another way to access iCloud backup – via iCloud Control Panel which is specially designed for Windows users. With it, you can access iCloud backup on Window PC with ease.

Download and install iCloud Control Panel on your PC.

Sign in with your iCloud account once the installation is finished.

You are allowed to access certain data on the panel like photos, mail, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, etc.

You can only download photos and videos. Besides, you are not able to preview files before downloading.

iCloud Control Panel

Part 2: How to Download iCloud Backup and Recover Data Optionally

The software empowers you to download the available iCloud backup and extract whatever files you need from it to your computer. Let’s see how it works.

Download and install the software on your computer. It will launch automatically when it finished.

Select Recover from iCloud Backup File on the interface.

Recover form iCloud Backup

Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password. You will be informed that don’t connect your device under this recovery mode, in order to avoid the iCloud backup file being updated or modified.

Sign in iCloud

Download one of the backup file from the table. Then you are ready for further recovery task.

Download iCloud Backup File

Once the selected iCloud backup file is downloaded, the software will automatically scan all data from the backup file and list the result in categories on the left column. Click the contents one by one to view more details. Check those items you want and click on Recover button to save them on your computer.

Recover Photos form iCloud

That’s all! FoneLab iPhone Data Recovery is professional in recovering data from iPhone, iPad, iPod and from iPhone backup. It supports the recovery of photos, contacts, messages, message attachments, videos, audio, call logs, notes, reminders and more. Both Windows and Mac versions are available. It’s worth to have a try.

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