Stepwise Guide on How to Restore Messages from iCloud

Here in this post, we list the way how to restore messages from iCloud. If you happen to need it, follow me to know how to operate it.


By Ellie / Updated on May 31, 2024

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Scenario: Help! Need to restore message from iCloud

“Hello, everyone. I deleted my messages accidentally. But I need it and it’s fairly important for my work now. I heard that I can restore it from iCloud. So I wonder how can I get it? This is very important and urgent for me. Thanks in advance!”  

How to restore messages from iCloud

Messages on iPhone is a great way to keep in touch with our friends, colleagues, and family members. Sometimes we may need to restore messages from iCloud if we accidentally delete the message.

Recovering messages from iCloud is available actually. But it needs to mention that all the existing data on iPhone would be deleted. Therefore, you’d better backup your files, photos, etc. on your iPhone before restoring it to avoid the loss of the existing data.

You can erase it and restore the backup if you've backed up your iPhone with iCloud. Please bear in mind that your messages will not be backed up unless you enable Messages in iCloud. ( You can go to "Settings" > [My Name] > "iCloud" >  "Messages"  to enable it.)
To check whether the Messages are stored, go to Settings and then tap on your Apple ID profile at the top. Open iCloud and then make sure the message option in APPS USING ICLOUD is on.

Messages On

Step 1. If you're sure, go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Erase All Content and Settings.

Erase iPhone

Step 2. Your iPhone will now restart and it will take some time to recover. After that, you'll be asked if you want to restore from a backup. Choose "Restore from iCloud Backup."  Sign in with your iCloud Apple ID and select the backups.

Restore from iCloud Storage

Step 3. Now the iCloud restore is been accomplished.  

✿ Important: If you don’t want to erase all your content and data from your iPhone but want to restore messages have a look at the alternative to iCloud.

Alternative to iCloud for restoring Message-- FoneTool

Now you may know how to restore iPhone messages from iCloud. Nevertheless, it’s not hard to find that there are many limitations with iCloud. For example, there are 5 GB storage limitations with iCloud and you have to pay for it if you want more space.

And when we enable the Messages option, all the messages will be synced in iCloud. If you delete some messages accidentally under the circumstance, then you'll run into data loss, while you won't get into this kind of trouble with FoneTool.

To avoid those limitations and backup your messages selectively, we strongly recommend a professional alternative to iCloud for recovering Messages-- FoneTool.

 With FoneTool, you can backup your iPhone with a few clicks, as well as preview and select the messages you want to restore if you don’t want to backup all data.
 Compared to iCloud, it’s totally free and there are no space limitations. And the messages backup can be restored to any iPhone without data losing.
 It is widely compatible with most iPhone models from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 15, and it is perfectly compatible with iOS 17/16.
 You won’t meet with issues like “iCloud is currently disabled”.

Step 1. Download, install and launch FoneTool. Then connect your iPhone to a computer using a USB cable.

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Step 2. Click Phone Backup > Locate Selective Backup and click Get Started.

Back All

Step 3. Choose the Messages icon to backup. And change the Storage Path according to your situation.

Step 4. Check the messages you want to back up to the computer, then click OK to start the backup.

Select Messages

When the backup is completed, you can go to the Backup History to check your backup. And when you need to restore, choose the one you want and then click on “Restore”.

Restore to Device

With its powerful feature, you can also easily manage your iCloud data from PC. Just go to My iCloud > Log in with your Apple ID to continue. To upload, download or delete iCloud data, choose Manage iCloud to make it. To move iCloud data from one account to another, just choose iCloud sync to accomplish the task.

manage and sync iCloud


We know how to restore messages from iCloud in this post. By erasing iPhone, we can restore the message from iCloud if the option is enabled before. However, if you don’t want to be limited by the storage limitation and some problems like "iCloud backup failed", you can choose FoneTool to make backup and restore.

Ellie · Editor
Ellie, a professional and experienced writer who is good at solving iOS-related problems and writing iOS backup/transfer tips.