Apple allows its user to backup their device via the iCloud, Apple's cloud service. However, it is difficult to access the files in the backup. That is disappointing. We always consider selectively restoring only a few files or a particular file from the backup, which is normally not possible, and instead we end up downloading the entire backup. Is there a way to download only the needed file from iCloud without device? We will list 2 ways through which you can extract the important data from iCloud backup without resetting your device.

2 Ways to Download Data from iCloud Backup without Resetting iPhone

Part 1. Download iCloud Backup without Device using

You can create a copy of the data that you wish to download from iCloud and keep it in a safe place. Should you lose any significant contact, email, or message, you can recover them from this copy. You can create copies of documents, photos, videos, mail, notes, calendars, reminders, Safari, Contacts, and iTunes store purchases. Let us look at copying documents and contacts from iCloud.

Steps to Export iCloud data from

Step 1: Sign into on a PC or Mac. Open the iCloud Drive, Pages, Numbers, Photos, or Keynote app.

Sign into

Step 2: Look for the document and select the files.

Look for the document and select the file

Step 3: Click the downside arrow symbol or select "Download Document" from the action menu. The document will be saved to the default "Downloads"


Click the downside arrow symbol

In a similar way, you can copy rest of the contents from iCloud to your Mac or PC. However, it is important that you upgrade to the iCloud Drive or else you would not see the files in the iCloud Drive app.

Part 2. Extract Data from iCloud using iCloud Backup Extractor聽(iOS 14 Supported)

The process of copying contents from iCloud to a computer will be useful when you want to extract some valuable data from iCloud such as text messages, messages on WhatsApp/Kik/WeChat, call history and more for further use. But it will be difficult for you to retrieve some files such as messages, since there is no entrance to access. A better way to download valuable data from iCloud backup is by using a iCloud Backup Extractor tool. iMyFone D-Back iCloud Backup Extractor Win or iMyFone D-Back iCloud Backup Extractor Mac, which excels in this specialization, gives you the chance to extract data from iCloud and iTunes backup file. Its unique features are:

iMyFone D-Back iCloud Backup Extractor

1,000,000+ Downloads

Key Features:

  • Provides support to over 22 different file formats such as contacts, photos, text messages, messages from WhatsApp/Kik/WeChat, notes, videos, voice memos, call history, safari history and more;
  • Provides 4 extraction modes: Extract from iPhone/iTunes backup/iCloud backup and Smart extraction;
  • Supports recovering deleted or lost iOS content and extracting exisiting iOS contents;
  • Preview the extractable or recoverable data before performing extraction;
  • Compatible with nearly all the models of聽iPhone,聽iPad, and iPod touch including the new iPhone 7 and iOS 14/13/12/11.

Windows version Mac version

Steps to preview and download iCloud backup without device

Step 1:聽Start the program after you complete installing it from iMyFone聽official website. Select "Recover from iCloud Backup" tab from the main screen. Click the "Start" button to proceed and select files.

recovery from icloud backup

Step 2:聽iMyFone D-Back will search for available backup files after you enter your iCloud details. Pick the most recent file from which you want to extract and click "Next" to allow the program to extract the backup files.

select icloud backup

Step 3:聽You will be viewing all the extractable files from the back up after the application completes downloading the backup file. Preview the files that you need and select them. Proceed by clicking the "Recover" button.

preview from icloud

Step 4:聽A small window opens up asking you to pick the destination folder. Choose one from your computer or create one, and wait until the program completes the recovery process. After completion, you can then browse the folder to view the extracted files.

Steps to download files directly from iOS devices

You can also find, preview and save data using iTunes Backup files or from iOS devices. Let us look at the steps that will show you how to download or recover data from iOS device.

Step 1:聽Choose "Recover from iOS Device" option from the main window, and click the "Start" button.

recovery from ios evice

Step 2:聽Select required file type. Once prompted, connect your iPhone to the computer.

select files from ios

Step 3:聽iMyFone D-Back detects the device. Now, click the "Scan" button to proceed.

scan from ios

Step 4:聽It will show you the extractable files. You can preview the files or see only the deleted ones by clicking "Show only the deleted files" option. Pick the needed files and press the "Recover" button.

preview from ios

Step 5:聽Mention the destination folder to save the extractable files. Wait for the program to finish the process. After completion, you can browse the folder to see the lost files.

And the free trial version of iMyFone D-Back iCloud Backup Extractor Win or iMyFone D-Back iCloud Backup Extractor Mac are offered for customers to confirm whether it can detect your iCloud data. Just have a try!

Try It FreeTry It Free

Final Words

Above are two useful ways that you can use to download iCloud backup to computers without using your iPhone or iPad. You can go to directly to choose a limited types of files to be saved to your PC or Mac. Alternatively and much better, you can use a powerful iCloud backup extractor to preview, select and extract either all or some of the iCloud data to your computer. Either way, iPhone or iPad is not necessary.