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How to Retrieve iPad Data from an iCloud backup?


John sent us a question below:

“I recently had my iPad replaced, and ensured all my data was backed up to iCloud before I changed over. But how can I restore all my data from iCloud and backup onto my iPad Air? Please Help!”

We know that Apple allows us to back up our iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to iCloud anytime anywhere only if we can get access to Wi-Fi network, while we only can access these iCloud backup by restoring our device with them, and never can retrieve data from them or view what we had backed up. Therefore, many Apple users have the same question and want to know how to retrieve data from iCloud for iPad and iPhone. Here are two ways to get started.

Method 1: Retrieve iPad Data from iCloud by Restoring Your Device

We can easily get all the data from iCloud backup to our iPhone again by restoring our device with the iCloud backup. To do this, tap Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings on your iOS device. And then with the instructions on your iPad choose Restore from iCloud Backup > sign in with your iCloud Apple ID > choose a backup file to restore data from it.

Method 2: Retrieve iPad Data from iCloud by 3rd-party iOS Data Recovery Software

To selectively retrieve iCloud data, you need to choose a professional iPad iPhone data recovery tool that can help you retrieve what you want from iCloud backup.Wondershare Dr.Fone is the tool you are looking for.

Although Dr.Fone is developed as an iOS data recovery tool to help user recover deleted files and data from iPhone iPad and iPod touch, it also can be used as a backup extractor to restore data from iCloud or iTunes backup.

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Step 1. Download Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS , launch it and choose “Recover from iCloud Backup File”.
Step 2. Log in with your iCloud account and choose the backup file you need to download. In the pop-up window, you just need to download the data you need. This will save you time since you know, an entire iCloud backup file is very large.
Step 3. After then, you can see the program is scanning your iCloud backup and sorting data into categories. After the scan, you can click the data type in the left sidebar to preview corresponding files or data. Check wanted data and click Recover to retrieve information from icloud.

The Bottom Line

The method 1 is suit for those who want to restore data from iCloud backup and they at least have one iPad hand. Once you choose to restore your device with iCloud backup, all your data in your device will be replaced by the contents in the backup. If you just want to retrieve some type of data from iCloud, such as, Photos, Videos, Text Messages, Contacts, or other iOS contents, you should get the help of method 2 iOS data recovery software.