How to Restore iMessages from iCloud

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Sometimes you may find yourself deleting all your iMessages. It may be by mistake, or you only wanted to change devices. All in all, if you have backed up your messages, you can retrieve it whether on the same iDevice or another.

Here we are going to take you through some simple steps on how to restore iMessages from iCloud on PC or Mac. More to that, we will also discuss how to restore iMessages to iPhone from iCloud. Hope this can give you a better experience with your iMessages.

1: How to Restore iMessages to iPhone from iCloud Backup

Can I Only Restore iMessages to iPhone from iCloud Backup Itself?

The answer is no. If you have backed up your messages on iTunes, you could also use it as an option. Be sure that the backup you choose should contain the iMessages you deleted before. Although this process is useful, there still is a downside to restore iMessages to iPhone from iCloud backup.  The biggest one to this method is that you cannot preview what iMessages data is in it. Additionally, restoring the whole iCloud backup will overwrite the current information on your iPhone.

How to Restore iMessages from iCloud Backup Itself to iPhone/iPad

It is not uncommon to take a quick look through your old messages, but you may have unluckily deleted the entire conversation. Fortunately, if you back up your iMessages on iCloud regularly, you can restore the whole iCloud backup including iMessages following the below steps:

  1. Tap on the setting icon. Then go to general. Follow through to Erase all content and settings. This step will remove all the details on your device, and hence you will have to set it up again.
  2. Restart the phone and follow the initial steps you used when you bought it until you reach the App & Data setting.
  3. Select Restore from iCloud Backup. Ensure that the iCloud backup contains all the messages you deleted. There you have it. Let your iPhone restore the backup, and you will access all your initial iMessages.
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2: How to Restore iMessages to iPhone on PC

Well, this is the solution to preview and then restore your iCloud backup data. If you choose to use your computer to only restore iMessages on your iPhone, you will have the chance to view what messages you need.   

iMyFone D-Port Pro can help you extract data from your backup files.  iMyFone D-Port Pro is a software that offers a better alternative to selectively backup and restore iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. Some of its main features include:

  • You can separately backup and restore messages, WeChat or WhatsApp.
  • You are also able to back up data from iPhone without overwriting the previous Backup.
  • You can restore  data from iTunes/iCloud and iMyFone backup.
  • You will also be able to extract 20+ data types from back up files or iOS device.

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Check and Restore Only iMessages from Your iCloud Backup to iPhone on PC

Here is the procedure on how to restore only iMessages from iCloud backup to iPhone on PC:

iMyFone D-Port Pro can quickly restore all your backups to your idevice. Additionally, you can also restore partial backups or certain types of data like messages to your device. The below steps will help you restore only messages from iPhone with D-Port Pro.

  1. Click on restore Partial Backup after you choose one iCloud backup. Then click next.  
  2. choose Download iCloud Backup

  3. Click on messages and press next to start to scan. The scanning process will take a moment. After scanning, you will get the chance to preview only your messages from that iCloud backup.
  4. choose to restore partial backup

  5. Click restore hence your selected messages will be restored to your iPhone.
  6. successfully restore iCloud backup

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Note: This tool is also compatible with Mac. Download the software and you can restore iMessages from iCloud Backup on Mac.

3: How to Restore iMessages on Mac

Most iOS users always opt to use a Mac laptop. You may want to restore some of the iMessages using your Mac. The best part is that you do not require iCloud backup to restore your messages. As an apple user, you can restore deleted iMessages on Mac from old backup files.

Here are a few simple steps you can follow on how to restore iMessages on Mac:

  1. First, you should sign out from all iMessage accounts and quit Messages.
  2. Click and hold down the option key and then select Go then Library from the Finder menu. A folder window will open then.
  3. Restore the subfolder named ‘messages’ from a backup that has the dates of unwanted changes
  4. Then log out and log back in.
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Through this method, you can only restore entire messages but not individual conversations. Unfortunately, it will replace the current messages with an earlier version.

4: Tip: Alternative Way to Only Restore iMessages to iPhone

You can also backup messages on your computer. If you want to only back up messages from iPhone to the computer, here are a few steps to follow through:

  1. Open this program on your computer then click on back up and export from device which is found on your left panel.
  2. Click on back up messages.
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  4. Click on back up and proceed. The software will begin to back up your data. Do not disconnect your device during this process.
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  6. Once the process is complete, you can view and extract the backup from your computer and restore it later.
  7. succesfully back up messages

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If you want to restore only messages with this tool, you can follow the steps below:

  1. Click on restore partial backup. iMyFone will start to scan for all messages backups and display them in one list.
  2. Choose the  most relevant one to start scanning.
  3. choose a message backup

  4. Afterwards, you will be able to preview the messages. Then click on restore, and then the program will start the restoration process. You can now view the restored messages on your phone.
  5. preview messages in backup

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In conclusion, using the above steps will help you restore iMessages on your iPhone. It is clear there are different ways to restore your messages. Therefore, you need to choose one that works effectively for you. If you have any comments on the above steps, feel free to leave them below.