[2019 Newest] How to Retrieve Documents from iCloud on iPhone

Valyn Hua

June 29, 2018 09:00 / Posted by Valyn Hua

I deleted a Word document in an app on my iPhone earlier. Is there a software I can install to retrieve the deleted document. I didn't back up and have no copy in iCloud Drive.

iPhone usually comes with a number of apps and most users like to add some more in order to increase the convenience of use.

In these apps, there are some automatically cached or manually stored documents, as well as some working documents edited by users or sent by others.

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Sometimes users are forced to remove apps data due to the limited internal storage, and later regret deleting some useful files.

So the question is: How to recover deleted app documents on iPhone?

If you have a backup file in iCloud or a copy in iCloud Drive, you can easily recover them at any time.

Now, let’s look more into how to recover deleted document.

1. What is iCloud Drive

After you turn on iCloud Drive, the document that you stored in Pages, Numbers, Keynote and Files apps will automatically sync to iCloud. Then, you can see the document on iCloud website, as well as in the Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Files app on the device.

Here is the guide to turn on iCloud Drive:

  1. On the iPhone, tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud.
  2. Swipe to turn on iCloud Drive.

iCloud Drive provides you the needed convenience to manage documents on your iPhone, which is designed to let you deal with docs efficiently. You can save your important documents to these apps that support iCloud Drive in order to quickly find them or organize them perfectly.

What’s more, you can even recover recently deleted documents in Files app on your iPhone.

Besides, Apple regularly archives the documents in Files apps on your iPhone. It gives users a way to restore lost documents.

2. What is iCloud Backup

In case of data loss, iPhone introduces a tool called as iCloud to back up the data. iCloud backup is a file that contains all content on your iPhone, which gives users a chance to restore any kind of data.

Here are the steps to backup data with iCloud:

  1. Go to settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup.
  2. Turn on iCloud Backup and tap Back up Now to manually back up your iPhone.

If you do this just before deleting your documents, your deleted documents are likely to be included in this backup.

Maybe you need a third-party tool to make sure if your required data are contained in a backup file.

FoneLab – iPhone Data Recovery enables you to view the content of your backup file and extract your required data from the backup file.

In addition, it is achievable to recover the deleted data with FoneLab, even though you don’t have any backup. As long as your iPhone can work properly, this program is able to recover app data by scanning the iPhone device directly.

3. Retrieve Documents from iCloud Drive

If you want to access a document that you deleted within the last 30 days, you can get it back from the Recently Deleted folder in the Files app, or on iCloud website.

Recover recently deleted documents in the Files app.

Open the Files app on your iPhone.

Go into the Recently Deleted folder.

Tap Select and choose the documents that you want to keep.

Tap Recover.

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Recover recently deleted documents on iCloud website.

Visit iCloud.comlink out in a browser.

Click iCloud Drive on the main menu.

Click Recently Deleted item.

Recover the documents that you want to keep.

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Like I mentioned, Apple regularly archives the documents in apps that support iCloud Drive. These archived documents can be recovered from iCloud website.

Recover lost documents from Archive.

On the main menu of iCloud website, click Settings icon.

Go to the Advanced section and choose Restore Files.

Look at the list of files and select a single file or multiple files to restore.

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4. Restore iPhone App Data from iCloud Backup

It is a good habit to often back up your iPhone. If you do so, you an try the following steps to recover the lost app data.

On your iPhone, navigate to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

After the iPhone restarts automatically, follow the onscreen steps to set up language, location, time and data.

When reaching the Apps & Data interface, select Restore from iCloud Backup.

From the list of backup files, choose one to recover.

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If you refuse to reset your iPhone, please turn to the next method.

5. Recover App Data from iCloud Backup with FoneLab

FoneLab – iPhone Data Recovery can get into the iCloud backup file and let you preview the content before issuing the restoration.

It is capable of retrieving individual documents from iCloud without affecting the existing data on your iPhone.

Let’s see how it performs.

Download and install this software on your PC or Mac. Once finishing the installation, the software will launch automatically.

Click iPhone Data Recovery and select Recover from iCloud Backup File.

Sign in your iCloud account. Maybe you need to turn off Two Factor Authentication.

From the list of the backup in the table, choose one to download and start the scanning process.

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Click App Document on the left sidebar, both the deleted items and the existing items will be displayed on the right.

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Check the items that you want to retrieve and click Recover.

How easy to recover the deleted data with FoneLab!

Besides, it can also restore safari bookmarks from iCloud, recover music from iPhone, view iCloud backup photos, view iCloud safari history and more.

Even if you forget backup encrypted password, you can also restore iPhone without backup password.

Here is a good news.

It offers users a 30-day trial, you can place it onto your computer and have a try.

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