Does iCloud Backup Text Messages? How to View Them on iCloud?

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Are you the type of person who likes to backup your iPhone data for future usage? Well, the iCloud Backup service can help you do that. Some people may also wonder if iCloud takes a backup of the messages. The answer is “YES IT DOES”. But it is important to note that while Apple claims that all your messages including MMS and SMS will be backed up in iCloud, many users have reported that only iMessages were restored when the backup was restored. This can only mean that sometimes SMS and MMS are not included in the iCloud backup.

Apple Claims that iCloud Will Backup the Following Data:

When one signs up for iCloud, 5GB of cloud storage is given to that person automatically by default. This storage can be used to store:

  • iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS messages (requires the Sim that was in use during backup)
  • Purchase record for music, movies, television set shows, apps, and literature
  • Device adjustments
  • Application data
  • Home screen and iPhone application organization
  • Visual Voicemail pass word (requires the SIM greeting card that was in use during backup)
  • HomeKit settings
  • Photos and videos on your iOS devices
  • Ringtones
  • Health data

In this article, we’ll show you a way to view the backed-up data in iCloud to confirm whether your messages are backed up entirely to iCloud.


How to View Text Messages on iCloud (iOS 10 Supported)

While iCloud can help, you keep track of your data and restore the data if you lose it, one of its major shortcomings is that you can’t view or access some data such as SMS from iCloud.com or the iCloud control panel. In this case iMyFone D-Back iCloud data extractor or iCloud data extractor for Mac, a third-party tool can be of great help. The program can help you access and extract all types of files from an iCloud Backup. Some of its really useful features include the following.

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iMyFone D-Back iCloud Data Extractor

  1. It supports over 22+ different file extensions such as messages, videos, photos, contacts, notes, voice memos, WhatsApp/Kik/Viber/WeChat messages etc.
  2. It supports also extracting existing data and recovering deleted data directly from iPhone, iTunes backup and iCloud backup.
  3. Allows you to see the extractable files before you performing extraction.
  4. Support extracting iCloud backup made on iPhone 7/6s/6/5s/5c/5/4s/4 running iOS 10/9/8/7.

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Steps To View Text Messages in iCloud Using iMyFone D-Back

For the purpose of this tutorial we are using “Recover from iCloud Backup” option. Follow these very simple steps.

1 Launch iMyFone D-Back and lick on the “Recover from iCloud Backup” tab on the left side of the software.

Recover from iCloud

2 A list of supported file types that can be retrieved/extracted will pop up of which “Message” will be one of them. Click on it, then click next.

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3 You may need to login your iCloud account to download your iCloud backup to the local computer. Click next, then scan and wait for it to load scan for the messages. It might take some time, depending on the number of messages you have in your backup.

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4 Use the checkbox to select the message(s) you want to view or extract. iMyFone D-Back has also made it easy to filter the messages you are interested in from the general list of messages by allowing you to preview each message upon clicking on it. When you are done selecting the messages you want to retrieve, click on the “Recover” button at the bottom right corner of the screen and wait for it to do it’s thing.

preview and view messages from iCloud

In just six simple steps using iMyFone D-Back iCloud Data Extractor or iCloud Data Extractor for Mac that can be done by virtually anyone that can read.

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