Q: "I used iCloud to back up my iPhone data but I had no idea how to access iCloud backup from my PC or Mac. Can someone tell me how do I access and view my backup files on iCloud? Many thanks." – Jully from Apple Discussion

iCloud is a very useful tool to back up the important data on your device. And it is an incremental backup system so there is only one backup file for every iOS device. Every time your device starts backing up, the file will be updated to the newest. However, you may don't know what is on the backup and how to access iCloud backup files, like Jully. Don't worry. In this guide, we will show you 3 different ways to access and view iCloud backup with ease.

Part 1. How to Restore and View iCloud backup to iOS Device

The first common way to access iCloud backup is to restore the backup file you want to view to iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. However, by restoring iCloud backup file may cause the data loss, and we suggest you to back up your iPhone data before using this method. Moreover, it may take you a lot of time to restore, mainly depending on the size of the backup. If you don't mind, just follow the simple steps below:

Step 1: Open your iPhone and go to the "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" > "Erase All Content and Settings" to factory reset your iOS device;

Step 2: Next follow the onscreen guide to set up your iPhone and tap the "Restore from iCloud Backup" when it comes to the "Apps & Data" screen; Enter your passcode as it required.

Step 3: Choose the backup file you want to restore and wait until the restoring process is completed, and then you're able to access and view iCloud backup files.

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