Losing important messages can be a frustrating experience. However, if you backed up your iPhone to iCloud before, there's a good chance that you can recover your lost messages. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps on how to recover messages from iCloud, whether you're using an iPhone, iPad, or even a computer. Let's sink in and explore the different options for receiving your messages.

How to Recover Messages from iCloud

The methods outlined below detailedly tell you how to recover iCloud messages. Either by restoring from an iCloud backup directly on your device or accessing messages through iCloud.com on a computer, follow the steps and reach your goal.

Recover Deleted iMessages from iCloud
Recover Deleted iMessages from iCloud

Method 1: Retrieve Deleted iMessages from iCloud Backup

If you previously backed up your device to iCloud and want to recover deleted iMessages, you can restore your device from a secure copy. Here's how:

Step 1: Verify iCloud backup readiness.

Make sure you have an iCloud backup that includes the messages you want to restore. You can check it by going to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backup on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2 Erase your device.

Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings and follow the on-screen instructions to erase your device.

Step 3: Restore from iCloud backup.

1. Go through the settings until you reach the screen of "Apps and data"

2. Select "Restore from iCloud Backup" and log in to your iCloud account.

3. Select the relevant backup that contains your messages.

The recovery process will now be complete. And your messages should be back on your device.

Important Considerations:

  • This method erases all your current iPhone data, so creating a backup beforehand is important.
  • The success of this method depends on having an iCloud backup containing the desired messages.

Method 2: Receive Messages Using iCloud.com

If you want to access your iCloud messages from a computer, iCloud.com can do you a favor whether you are using a Mac or Windows PC.

Step 1: Log in to iCloud.com.

Open your browser, go to iCloud.com, and log in with your Apple ID and password.

Step 2: Access the messages.

Click on the "Message" icon and you will see your messages are synced from your iCloud backup.

Step 3: Find deleted messages

Use the search bar or scroll through conversations to find deleted messages. Deleted messages are still available here if they were part of your iCloud backup.

Using Third-Party Data Recovery Tools (As a Last Resort)

If the above methods fail, you can explore third-party data recovery tools. However, be careful as some tools may be unreliable or even harmful to your device. You can choose one with the following tips:

  • Thorough Research: Before using third-party software, find out its reputation, effects, and user reviews.
  • Data Security Concerns: Be cautious about the tools that require access to your iCloud specifications. Choose tools that work directly with your device.
  • Success Rate at Limitations: Third-party tools usually have a lower success rate than Apple's integrated recovery methods.


You can recover messages from iCloud with the right steps and precautions. Whether you prefer restoring from a backup directly on your device or accessing iCloud Messages through a web browser, the methods presented in this post can lend you a hand. Remember to keep your iCloud Backup up to date to avoid losing important data in the future. If you have additional questions or encounter a problem, Apple Support is a great resource for additional help.

  • Offline Backup: Don't rely on network connection, but use the data traffic for backing up cloud files.
  • Direct Backup: Don't go through the local storage, but directly backup files across different clouds online.
  • Auto Backup: Back up data regularlywithout having to manually initiate each backup
  • Cross-Platform Access: Access your cloud files from devices or operating systems.


Q1: Can I recover messages from iCloud without a backup?

A1: Unfortunately, iCloud messages can be recovered only if you have a backup that includes those messages. 

Q2: How long does iCloud keep deleted messages?

A2: iCloud backups can save your deleted messages for up to 30 days. After that, they may be permanently deleted.

Q3: Can I recover specific messages from iCloud?

A3: iCloud restores brings back entire backups, so you can't selectively recover specific messages. However, you can extract and view messages from the backup once restored.

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