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iCloud Text Message Recovery: How to Get Back Text Messages from iCloud

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Gabriel Hammond

March 15, 2017 (Updated: June 3, 2021)

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Have you lost some of your text messages and would like to get them back? Well, if you have a backup in iCloud, there are two ways to recover the text messages. This article will address both methods in a clear and concise manner. This is to not only make it easy for you to get your messages back but also to highlight the fundamental differences between the methods.

Method 1 Reset and Restore the Device from iCloud

The easiest way to get your messages back if you have an iCloud backup is to restore the device to this backup. The following is how to do it.

Step 1: Begin by resetting the device. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings

Step 2: Once this is done, you should see the set-up screen. Follow the instructions until you get to the “Apps & Data” screen. Here, choose “Restore from iCloud Backup.”

Restore from iCloud Backup

Step 3: Sign in to iCloud and select a backup. Ensure that the device remains connected to a Wi-Fi network and wait for the process to be completed.

Method 2 Retrieve Text Messages from iCloud via a 3rd-party Tool

While restoring your device to an iCloud backup might be a quick and easy solution, it does have its drawbacks. First of all, you have to erase the contents and settings currently on your device to do it. This could lead to loss of data that was not included in the backup. You are also unable to view the backup or select the specific text messages you would like to restore.

This is why a third-party tool like iMyFone D-Back might be a better option for you. The main advantage of using D-Back is you can selectively recover the data because you can view the data in the iCloud backup and select the specific messages you would like to recover. You also won’t lose any data during the recovery process.

The following are some of its features.

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iMyFone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery

  • Recovers deleted messages and up to 22 other file types from the iPhone, iTunes or iCloud backup
  • Recovers data regardless of the reason the data was lost in the first place. It can recover data lost due to accidental deletion, jailbreak gone wrong, iOS upgrade or virus attack.
  • It’s preview function allows for selective data recovery.
  • Supports all iOS devices and all versions of the iOS system.

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Here’s how to use iMyFone D-Back to recover deleted text messages from an iCloud Backup.

Step 1: Download and install the program to your computer and then run it. From the main window, select “Recover from iCloud Backup” and then click “Start.” In the nest window, select “Message” as the type of data to recover and then click “Next.”

select recovery mode and file type you want to recover

Step 2: Sign in to iCloud and then choose the relevant iCloud backup file. Click “Next” to allow the program to scan the backup file for the missing messages.

Choose iCloud backup

Step 3: Once the scan is complete, select the messages you wish to recover from the results presented and then click “Recover.” Select a location on your computer to save the recovered messages.

preview and recover messages

Here’s the Comparison Table of the two methods.




Restore from iCloud
  • It is very easy to use
  • Apple’s recommended solution
  • You don’t get to see what’s in the backup file
  • You have to erase the device to do it which could lead to data loss
  • You need to connect the device to a Wi-Fi network


Recover using iMyFone D-Back
  • It is simple to use and highly effective
  • You won’t lose any data with this method
  • You can preview and selectively recover the messages
  • You can recover up to 22 different other types of data
  • You need to purchase the software.

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