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How to Recover iMessages from iCloud Backup in 2024

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“Is there a way to recover deleted iMessage from the iCloud backup? All the text messages for one correspondent accidentally got deleted by right swiping and tapping the red Delete button.”

Accidentally deleting important conversations on iMessage app and don’t know what to do to recover iMessages from iCloud backup?

If you have the same question of "Can I retrieve imessages from iCloud?", "How do I recover iMessages from iCloud backup?" and "How do I access my iMessages backed up on iCloud?", this article will cover the information that you would like to know.

Can You Retrieve iMessages from iCloud?

The answer is "YES". If you have created an iCloud backup of the iPhone data before losing the iMessages, you will have chance to use the methods below to get back deleted iMessages from iCloud

Official Way to Restore iMessages from iCloud

If you are accustomed to backing up your iPhone data to iCloud, you can recover iMessages by restoring the backup from iCloud.

  1. Just go to Settings – General – Reset – Erase All Content and Settings. This process will erase all the data on iPhone. You should think twice before doing that.
  2. Restart your device and follow the prompts on the iPhone screen to reset the device.
  3. On the interface of "Apps and Data", select "Restore from iCloud Backup" and choose one iCloud backup that contains the iMessages you want. When your iPhone restore the iCloud backup, you will have access to the deleted iMessages as well.

restore from icloud backup

Disadvantages of the method above:

If you didn’t make any backup, chances are high that the data saved get lost after the previous backup. Don't worry about that, there are other methods to recover lost iPhone iMessages.

Part 3. How to Recover Only iMessages from iCloud Backup

You have the iCloud backup files but only wish to recover iMessages from the iCloud backup? Or you just want to recover selected items from the iCloud backup? FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery is to be introduced to you! As a data recovery program, it provides you 3 recovery modes to recover deleted files: Recover from iOS Device, Recover from iTunes Backup and Recover from iCloud.

Main Features of FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery:

  • This tool supports to restore iMessage & attachments, messages, photos, videos, notes, contacts, voice memos, call history, viber, kik messages, etc.
  • Free trial version is available for you to preview almost all the deleted and undeleted data for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.
  • It is easy to use. You can get the delete data back in one click.
  • Recover data from disabled or locked iOS devices without the device in hand.

You can download the free trial version of this program to preview deleted and existing files on iPhone/iTunes/iCloud backup.


Step 1. Choose "Recover from iCloud"

Click on the icon above to install this iPhone Data Recovery on your computer. Then launch it and select the mode of "Recover from iCloud", after that, you'll be prompted to log in your iCloud account.

log in to icloud

Step 2. Log into iCloud account

Enter the right Apple ID to log in the iCloud account and the iCloud backup files will be detected. Choose one that contains the iMessages you want and click "Scan" to download & scan the backup files.

choose an icloud backup

Note: The time of scanning process depends on the data size of the iCloud backup file. It may take for a while if you have a large number of data.

Step 3. Preview and recover iMessages from iCloud backup

After the scan, you can view that all the selected data will be listed in category. Find the iMessages that you get lost and click "Recover" button to store them on the Windows, Mac or on your any device you want.

recover imessages from icloud backup


That’s all the information about how to restore iMessages from iCloud backup. One aspect you need to consider is whether the data will be overwritten or not. Choose the one that works best for you.

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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