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How to Download iCloud Backup to PC in 3 Ways

Updated by Cedric on Jul 20, 2023
Written by Tracy King
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To download the icloud backup to your PC, there are three choices: EaseUS iCloud backup extractor, iCloud.com, and iCloud Control Panel. Using EaseUS iCloud backup extractor is the easiest way to selectively download the iCloud backup to your PC or Mac without an iPhone, iPad or iPod, while the last two methods are free.

Part 1. Why Do You Need to Download iCloud Backup to PC
Part 2. How to Download iCloud Backup to PC in 3 Ways
Part 3. How to Back Up iPhone to PC Directly (Bonus Tip)

Part 1. Why Do You Need to Download iCloud Backup to PC

iCloud is a service developed by Apple for users to store and share data via cloud storage. With iCloud, you can back up all of your iPhone/iPad/iPod content wirelessly or share photos, calendars, locations, and more across your Apple devices.

As one of the common ways to back up an iPhone, iPad, or iPod, iCloud is frequently used and there are users who need to download an iCloud backup to PC due to reasons like:

Reason 1. Selectively Recover Files from iCloud Backup

If you turn on iCloud Backup on your iPhone, you can only restore the whole content in the backup to your iOS device when you need it. If you want to selectively recover files from the iCloud backup, you need to download the iCloud backup to your computer.

Reason 2. Free Up iCloud Space

As mentioned above, Apple provides you 5GB of free space, which is far from enough for you to store all the important files on your devices. To free up your iCloud space, it's a wise choice to download the iCloud backup, one of the biggest occupier of your iCloud storage, to your PC, and then delete the iCloud backup to get more space available.

Reason 3. Rescue Data After the Loss of iOS Device

When your iOS device gets lost and you want to rescue your data, you can download the iCloud backup to your PC to achieve your goal on the condition that you have enabled the option. Even without the device, you can get your iCloud backup back to your computer to retrieve your precious files.

Part 2. How to Download iCloud Backup to PC in 3 Ways

Then how can you download an iCloud backup to PC? Depending on the types of content you want to download from iCloud to your computer, there are three workable ways for you:

Method 1. Download iCloud Photos to PC with EaseUS iCloud Backup Extractor

If you enabled the iCloud Backup option on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod and now want to download such a backup from iCloud to your PC, you will need the help of third-party software like EaseUS MobiSaver - a reliable iPhone data recovery tool.

It can not only work as an iOS data recovery tool to recover lost files on your iDevice but also help to extract data from iCloud backup to your PC or Mac.

To download iCloud backup to PC:

Step 1. Choose "Recover from iCloud"

Connect iPhone to Your PC and Launch EaseUS MobiSaver. Choose the "Recover from iCloud" button, and click "Start".

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Step 2. Turn Off "Find My iPhone" 

Turn off "Find My iPhone" on your iPhone/iPad/iPod to continue.

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Step 3. Type Code in the Confirmation Box 

Type "123456" in the confirmation box and then click "Continue" button.

Note: This step will erase all data and reset all settings. Make sure you have backed up important information.

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Step 4. Reset iPhone

Move through the iPhone setup process until you see the reset screen. Then choose "Restore from iCloud Backup" on Your phone. Enter the Apple ID and password for the account you want to restore the backup from. Then click "Next" on your PC.

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Step 5. Select the Files

Select the type of data you want to recover. If all files need to be restored, you can directly click the "Select All" button below.

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Step 6. Analyze the iPhone

The software will analyze your phone. It may take a few minutes and don't disconnect or use your device.

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Step 7. Scan Lost Data and Recover

EaseUS MobiSaver will automatically scan your iCloud backup file to find the lost data. This process may take a few minutes and please wait patiently. Then, select the data you want to recover and click "Recover" button.

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Method 2. Download iCloud Backup to PC Selectively via iCloud.com

If you made backups of your iPhone/iPad/iPod content selectively by toggling on the corresponding options, you can download some of the categories, like photos and contacts, from iCloud to your PC directly by visiting iCloud.com.

For other categories, including Mail, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, and more, you can only access and view them from iCloud.com instead of downloading them to your computer. Luckily, with Method 1, you can extract any file from your iCloud backup to your PC.

To download iCloud photos to PC:

Step 1. On your PC, open a browser and visit iCloud.com.

Step 2. Sign in with the Apple ID you use on your iDevice.

Step 3. Choose "Photos" and select the items you want to download to your PC.

Step 4. Click the "Download" icon to download iCloud photos to your computer.

How to download iCloud backup to PC

If what you want to download is iCloud contacts, refer to the guide on how to download contacts from iCloud to PC.

Method 3. Download iCloud Backup to PC via iCloud for Windows

You can also download iCloud data to your PC automatically by installing iCloud for Windows on your PC. Similar to using iCloud.com, you can only download some categories, like photos and videos.

To download iCloud photos to PC via iCloud for Windows:

Step 1. Download and install iCloud for Windows on your computer.

Step 2. Open the iCloud control panel and sign in.

Step 3. Click "Options" next to Photos and check "iCloud Photos" > "Done" > "Apply". 

Step 4. Afterward, all the new photos and videos will be downloaded to your PC automatically.

How to download iCloud backup to PC via iCloud for Windows

Part 3. How to Back Up iPhone to PC Directly

iCloud provides limited free space for you and stores your iPhone data in cloud storage so that you can't access your data. Given that, you may need to back up your iPhone to a PC directly. If you do, you can apply the iPhone data transfer and backup software - EaseUS MobiMover.

With this tool installed on your PC, you are able to back up your iPhone to PC all at once or selectively. Besides, you can perform data transfer between your iDevice and a computer or between two iOS devices.

To back up iPhone to PC directly:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone/iPad to your PC with a USB cable and click "Trust" on your device. Then launch EaseUS MobiMover and click "Backup Manager" > "Back up".

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Step 2. Check the types of files you need to backup. Afterward, click the backup button to start backing up your iPhone or iPad.

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Step 3. Depending on the size of the content, the time the backup will spend varies. Wait patiently for the backup to complete.

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The Bottom Line

The way to download an iCloud backup to PC varies depending on how to make the backup. Briefly, if you use the "iCloud Backup" feature, you will need an iPhone backup extractor like EaseUS MobiSaver. While if you back up your iPhone content by category, you can go to iCloud.com or use iCloud for Windows to get things done.

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