How to Access & View Your iCloud Backups

iCloud backups allow users to securely store the information on iPhone, iPad or iPad over Wi-Fi in the cloud so you can easily set up a new device or restore information on iOS devices you already have. By enabling iCloud backup, nearly all data and settings stored on your device will be automatically backed up in iCloud. This article can help you learn how to check and view iCloud backup. And if you want to save your iPhone/iPad/iPod information on your Mac/PC, you can backup your device with iTunes.

Tip: iCloud backups don’t include the data that you’ve already uploaded to iCloud.com, like Contacts, Calendars, Notes, My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Library. Therefore, you can directly view these items through visiting iCloud.com and signing in with your Apple ID.

How to Check & Manage iCloud Backups on iPhone, iPad or iPod

On iOS device running iOS 10.3, iOS 10.3.1 and iOS 10.3.2

  1. Go to Settings and tap on your Apple ID section.
  2. Choose iCloud, tap the iCloud Storage breakdown.
  3. Touch Manage Storage and you’ll see a list of your devices. Tap the device name to view the backup of this device.
How to Check iCloud Backups
How to view iCloud backup on iPhone 7

On iOS 10.2/10.1/10 and iOS 9

  1. Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage.
  2. Under iCloud, tap Manage Storage.
  3. Tap the name of your device to check the backup.

How to Access & View iCloud Backup Contents

iCloud always encrypts your backups so you cannot directly access the iCloud backup details unless you restore your iPhone, iPad or iPod from iCloud backup or use a third-party software to extract iCloud backup.

Steps restore your iOS device from iCloud backup:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Reset. Then tap Erase All Content and Settings.
  2. Follow the onscreen setup steps until you reach the Apps & Data screen.
  3. Tap Restore from iCloud Backup > Sign in with your Apple ID and choose a backup to restore.

If you don’t want to restore your whole device, you can turn to a reliable iCloud backup extractor software to see what’s in your iCloud backup. Generally, you need to download and install an iCloud backup viewer on your Mac or PC, preview your iCloud backups files with the software and then select & download the items you need.

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