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How to Access and See iCloud Backup File

As far as we know, iCloud offers great features to apple users. It can create backup of almost everything stored on your apple devices. Are you wondering how to view all contents of the iCloud backup file? Actually, there are simple solutions for you. Here in this article, you will find 2 main ways to access and view iCloud backup content on Mac/PC. Read the following article to get the solid answer.

Method 1. Access iCloud Backup via the iCloud website

The only way Apple allows you to check what's on your iCloud is logging iCloud official site.

  1. Open you browser, and navigate to www.icloud.com.
  2. Log in iCloud with your Apple ID.
  3. Now you can view the content on iCloud like contacts, calendar, notes, etc.

Important Note: Apple allows you to check your backup content by logging to iCloud official site. But the drawback with logging to the website is you can only access part of data not complete data. You will find that you can check parts of data that includes your contacts, calendar, notes, mail, Pages, reminders, Numbers and Keynote documents. If you only need to access this data, it's fine to log in and use your iCloud account.

Method 2. Access iCloud Backup with iRefone

As mentioned above, Apple doesn't gives you much control on your iCloud backup, in other words you cannot freely manage your all of your iCloud backup and cannot export them to your computer. If you need an access to complete data that includes text messages, pictures, videos, iMessage, voicemail and more files in iCloud, you need a third party application like iRefone.

As one of the best iOS data recovery software, iRefone allows you to access data in iCloud backup files at your will. With it, you can download data from iCloud backup file selectively; sort data in iCloud backup file into categories; and even save data from iCloud backup file to computer. The most important is that this iOS data recovery tool is fully compatible with multiple iPhones, iPads and iPod touch models to meet your different needs. If you want to get your iCloud backup file from iPhone on Mac OS X, please turn to its equivalent Mac version iRefone for Mac to finish the task. Just download the software and follow the step-by-step guide below.

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Note: Before starting our tutorial, please make sure that you did back up your iPhone iPad or iPod touch to iCloud. Check on your device with following steps: Tap on Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage > Checking the created date of the backup.

Step 1. Log in your iCloud account

Run iRefone and choose "Recover from iCloud Backup" as the recovery mode. Then you'll see the window below. Enter your iCloud account and password to login.


Step 2. Download and scan iCloud backup

Once you've logged in, you can see a list of all backup files for iOS devices in your account. Then you can choose any one you want to access and click to download it. The downloading will take you a little while.


Step 3. Choose the file type to download from iCloud

In the pop-up window, you can choose the type of files you would like to download from iCloud. Click on the "Next" button to begin.


Step 4. Preview and recover iCloud backup files on computer

Once the scanning process is finished, iRefone will present you a result for each item. You can click the specific item to preview the detailed info, and then recover the data and files you want to extract by clicking "Recover to PC" button to save them to computer.


Additional Tips:

1. Accessing and downloading iCloud backup to PC or Mac is limited to that you have backed up your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch to iCloud, and this backup contains what you want.
2. If you fail to extract what you want from iCloud backup, you also can use iRefone to scan your iDevice thoroughly and recover deleted or lost data on your device directly. After all, iRefone supports recovering deleted files and data without any iTunes or iCloud backup.

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