"I recently had an iOS system crash that corrupted some files in my iCloud Backup. I know some files are corrupt after several backup-restore cycles and two reinstalls of the iOS system. I managed to reinstall iOS while bypassing the restore from iCloud process. But there are some Voice Memos that only exist in the iCloud Backup. Is there an alternative way to get those back without having to restore the device?"
We received this seemingly unique reader experience from one of our avid readers. We say "seemingly unique" because as you read through the description they've presented; this person seems to be having an uncommon iOS data problem. The fact is, the problem is neither uncommon nor unique. It is quite simple. They lost some data after a software update that didn't quite go as planned. This happens a lot especially when Apple announces new updates. It's probably happened to you at some point.
The reader therefore needs a way to get back the Voice Memos they lost without restoring the device to the iCloud backup. It is clear from their explanation that the backup is somehow corrupted and as such they risk damaging the device or losing more data if they attempt a restore.
Fortunately for the reader and all of those who've lost Voice Memos under similar circumstances, there are 2 ways to get them back. Let's jump right into the solutions.
1 Recover Voice Memos from iCloud Using iCloud Data Recovery Tool
The ideal solution for this kind of problem needs to be able to get into your iCloud backup file and retrieve only the required Voice Memos for you without risking any data on your device. It may seem like an impossible task, but not if you have the right tool. In this case, the right tool is iMyFone D-Back iCloud data recovery, an iCloud data recovery tool that is designed to do just that. It will get back all your lost Voice Memos without affecting any data on your device. The following are some of other features.
- It can be used to recover up to 22 different types of data from your iCloud backup, such as messages, notes, photos, contacts, WhatsApp messages, Kik messages.
- It is simple. A three-step process is what separates you from your lost Voice memos.
- It is compatible with every version of iOS and every iPhone, iPad and iPod touch model.
How to Recover Voice Memos from iCloud using D-Back
Just as we promised, here's a simple step by step instruction on how to use D-Back to recover the missing Voice Memos. Before we begin though, take a moment to download and install the program to your computer. You can take advantage of the free trial version to take it for a test drive before buying. Once the program is fully installed, follow these simple steps.
Step 1: Launch D-Back and from the main window, select "Recover from iCloud Backup". Click on "Start" to begin the process. D-Back will need access to your iCloud account. Sign in to provide this access. The program doesn't keep a record of your sign-in information. Your account is safe. Once logged in, select the relevant backup file from the ones listed and click "Next".
Step 2: In the next window, select "Voice Memo". Click "Scan" to continue.
Step 3: Wait while the program analyzes the data in the selected backup file and finds your Voice Memos. Once this is done, you should see a list of the Voice Memos in the next window. Click on an item to preview and then select the ones you need. Click "Recover" and specify a recovery folder in the popup window.
2 Restore iPhone from an iCloud Backup
If you suspect that some files may be corrupted, restoring the backup may not be an option for you. But if it is, you can get your Voice Memos back by restoring the iPhone to an iCloud backup. This is however not an ideal solution because it may lead to loss of data that is not included in the backup. Here's how to restore the device if you need to.
Step 1: To begin with, you need to make sure that you have the latest version of iOS on your device. Go to Settings > General > Software Update and update the device if there is a newer version of iOS.
Step 2: Next, check to see if you have a recent backup. Go to Settings > Apple ID. Click the name of your device and click iCloud backup to check the date of the lasr backup.
Step 3: If there is a backup available, go ahead and erase the device. Go to Settings > General > Reset and then tap "Erase All Contents and Settings".
Step 4: Follow the prompts on the set-up screen and once you get to the "Apps & Data" page, select "Restore from iCloud Backup".
Step 5: Sign in to iCloud and select the most recent backup. Keep the device connected to a Wi-Fi network until the process is complete.
This kind of restoration will erase all your current data and they cannot be recovered with any third-party tool. Luckily, iMyFone iTransor backup and restore tool can perform a selective retore for contacts, messages, WhatsApp and WeChat on your iPhone.
It is our hope that you've been able to get your Voice Memos back. Keep in mind that iMyFone D-Back not only guarantees effective recovery but it will also ensure the safety of the other types data on your device.