How to Extract Text Messages from iCloud

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How iCloud Works

Using iCloud is a very smart decision as it can save very important text and iMessage files. This backup solution is usually turned on by default on iPhones, iPads and iPods Touch, so if you didn’t turn it off intentionally, you don’t have to worry about the safety of your data. Every time your device is connected to a power source, while the screen is locked and the Wi-Fi is on, the device creates a new backup file on iCloud. The data is then saved on Apple servers.

iCloud backup files contain copies of your device and what data you have on your iPhone at that exact moment. This means that it also contains your text messages. But considering that the main purpose of iCloud is to restore, and not for storage, Apple doesn’t give users the possibility to only extract text messages from iCloud.

Restoring Text Messages from iCloud

If you wish to extract text messages from iCloud, you have the possibility to restore the backup on your device, but keep in mind that all of the data from your iPhone will be replaced by the data contained in the backup file. Meaning that you will recover the text messages, but you might end up losing other important files.

But why restore all of the data when you only want to extract text messages from iCloud? Apple doesn’t allow iPhone users to extract only text messages from backup files, to restore them to the device or to save them on a computer. But fortunately, this issue can be effectively resolved by a third-party software, such as Enigma Recovery.

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How to Extract Text Messages from iCloud using Enigma Recovery

Enigma Recovery is a data recovery software that allows iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users to recover, retrieve and extract data from their devices, even in cases when they delete files by mistake, lose the devices or they get stolen. It is compatible with both Windows and Mac, and after installing it on your computer you will be able to extract text messages from iCloud in just a few minutes. It is completely safe as it won’t affect or damage your iPhone or iCloud data.

Follow these steps to extract text messages from your iCloud account:

Step 1 – Download, install and open Enigma Recovery

Enigma recovery software install screen

Install Enigma Recovery on your computer and then open it to the start screen.

Step 2 – Recover from iCloud

Select iCloud backup

On the left side menu, click on the “Recover from iCloud” option and sign in to your iCloud account.

Step 3 – iCloud backup files

Select iCloud backup file

After logging in, select the iCloud backup file that you want to extract text messages from.

Step 4 – Select Text Messages

Step 4 - Select data to extract

On this step you can choose what type of data you wish to extract. If you only want to extract text messages, click on “Messages” and allow the software to transfer the selected data from iCloud to your computer.

Step 5 – View Text and Export

Select iCloud data to export

Click on each type of data on the left side menu to view what was recovered from your iCloud account. Pick what text messages you want to extract to your computer and then hit the “Export” button.

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