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How to Access and View iCloud Backup (iOS 13/12 Included)

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Gabriel Hammond

August 10, 2016 (Updated: October 22, 2019)• Filed to: iPhone Data Recovery

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iCloud is a great service provided by Apple. However, we have limited access to iCloud backup. Do you know that actually, it is possible to access and view the data in iCloud on your PC or Mac? As a matter of fact, there are several ways to access and view iCloud data. In this guide, we will explain two ways to help you access and view data in your iCloud Backup, even when the iCloud backup is for iOS 13/12.

1. View iCloud Backup by Restoring It to an iOS Device

The first way about how to access iCloud backup is to restore the iCloud backup to an iOS device, including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This is the official way Apple gives. However, the data in iCloud backup will replace all the current data on your iPhone. Anyway, follow the steps if you are sure you would like to do so.

  • Go to Settings > General > Reset on your iPhone, then choose the 'Erase All Content And Settings' option.
  • You will be on the Apps & Data screen. Tap 'Restore from iCloud Backup', then log you're your iCloud account.
  • Continue to 'Choose backup,' then choose the iCloud backup you need to view.
  • Wait for the device to finish download the iCloud backup. Once it is complete, you can access and view iCloud backup files.

restore iphone from icloud backup

Is there a way on how to view iCloud backups without restoring it? How to see iCloud backup without any data loss? A 3rd-party iCloud backup viewer will help a lot and if you're interested in, just read on.

2. Access and View 18+ Types of Data in iCloud Backup

With a 3rd-party tool such as iMyFone iTransor Lite iCloud Backup Viewer (which has been renamed from D-Port), you are able to access and view more than 18 different types of files in your iCloud backup. It helps you view and export data from iCloud or iTunes backups, as well as the existing data on iOS devices. Compatible with both Windows and Mac OS, it has other incredible features such as those listed below;

iMyFone iTransor Lite iCloud Data Extractor (iOS 13/12 Supported)

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Key Features:

  • Extract messages, WhatsApp data, call history, voice memos, Kik, Viber data and more from iCloud backup.
  • Extract the data you need from backups to a computer without restoring the backup to an iOS device. No risk of data loss.
  • Its trial version allows you to view the data in iCloud backup free of charge.
  • You can use the pro version of iMyFone iTransor Lite to selectively backup and restore your iOS data.

Windows version    Mac version

Steps to Access iCloud Backup File using iMyFone D-Port

iMyFone iTransor Lite (D-Port) is a special program that helps to easily access iCloud backup files without having your device at hand. You can access an iCloud backup file in the following guide.

Step 1 Select Extract Data from Backup

Run iMyFone iTransor Lite on your computer and then choose "Extract Data from Backup". Click "Download iCloud Backup".

Click “Download iCloud Backup”

Step 2 Sign in to Your iCloud Account

Sign in to your iCloud account with your username and password. No need to worry about your personal account information since iMyFone will not record the details.

Sign in to your iCloud account

Step 3 Pick the iCloud Backup File to Scan

From the backup files presented, choose the one you want to view and then click "Next" to select the types of files you want to access.

choose the backupfile to Scan

You can see that the most important files for users are supported and iMyFone iTransor Lite will support more in future updates.

choose the data type(s)

Step 4 Check and View the Data

Once the download is completed, the results will be displayed in the next window. You can view them for free. If you need to extract data for more use, just check them and then click "Extract" to save them to your computer.

Check through and view the data

iMyFone iTransor Lite enables you to access and view iCloud backup files. Download the free trial version of iMyFone iTransor Lite iCloud Data Extractor software to selectively view and extract data from iCloud backup. Don't worry if you use the latest iOS 13/12, iMyFone iTransor Lite supports it, also.

Windows version    Mac version

Tip: How to Check Data Stored in iCloud Online

If you have no iCloud backup but you store data in iCloud from Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > APPS USING ICLOUD, then you can follow these very simple steps to access iCloud backup online via

  • On any browser, go to and sign in to your iCloud account using your Apple ID and password.
  • You should see a list of available data types. Click on the data type to view its contents.

Access iCloud file on Mac or PC through

This method is effective in helping you view and access data in iCloud but it does have its drawbacks. You are only able to see limited content. It cannot access data such as MMS messages, text messages, iMessages, third-party apps, voice memos and more.


If you want to selectively restore the iCloud backup to your iPhone, you can use the pro version of D-Port which is iMyFone iTransor. It is a flexible backup and restore tool that allows you to restore certain data from your iCloud backup, such as contacts, messages, WeChat data, WhatsApp data. Just like iMyFone iTransor Lite, iTransor supports iOS 13/12, also.

Know more about how to restore Messages to iPhone, please click here.


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