How to Recover Files, Contacts, Bookmarks, Calendars and Reminders in iCloud

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    Apple has little known iCloud tools that are designed to let you recover files that have been deleted from iCloud, as well as recover Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders that have been lost.

    Lost iCloud data isn't a situation that comes up often, but these tools were introduced following an iCloud Drive bug in 2015 that caused some users to lose documents stored in iCloud Drive, prompting the creation of the tool.

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    Accessing Your Files on iCloud.com

    1. Visit the iCloud.com website on your web browser of choice.
    2. Enter your Apple ID, password, and two-factor authentication code if the feature is enabled.
    3. Once logged in, click on the "Settings" app in the main iCloud menu.
    4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page until you reach the "Advanced" section.
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    5. Click on the content that you need to restore. Options include files stored in iCloud Drive, a list of contacts, your Calendars and Reminders, or your Bookmarks.
    Restoring Files

    Using the "Restore Files" option on iCloud.com brings up a list of all files that have been deleted over the past 30 days. It includes files from apps that support iCloud Drive, such as Pixelmator, Napkin, and Byword.

    You can select a single file to restore or multiple files, should there have been a catastrophic event that caused iCloud Drive to be wiped entirely. Check the box to make a selection and click "Restore File." Using the file restoration tool returns the file in question to iCloud Drive in its original parent folder, much like undeleting a photo on iOS.

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    Deleted iCloud Drive files remain available in iCloud for 30 days before being permanently deleted, at which point they become unrecoverable. As a side note, you cannot do a manual permanent deletion with iCloud Drive files as you can do with Photos on iOS - they're sticking around for the full 30 days.

    Restoring Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders

    Apple regularly archives a list of Contacts, which can be restored to an iOS device at any time. Restoring a list of contacts from the archive will replace the contacts on all iOS devices connected to your iCloud account, while archiving the current list of contacts to ensure nothing is lost. Contacts can't be restored one by one -- this is an all or nothing batch operation.

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    Restoring Calendars and Reminders works like restoring Contacts. Apple frequently creates a backup for the two apps, capturing snapshots for more than a month. Any of these archives can be used to replace a current Calendar or Reminder list, replacing the existing information on all connected iOS devices.

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    Restoring a Calendar will remove all sharing information, so Calendars and Reminders shared with friends and family will need to be shared again. All scheduled events will also be cancelled and recreated, reissuing all invitations for events.

    Restoring Bookmarks

    Along with Contacts and Calendars, Apple backs up the bookmarks that you have removed from your Bookmarks list in Safari on a regular basis.

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    To restore them, simply choose the deleted bookmarks you would like to put back in place and then choose the "Restore" option.

    Conclusion

    Most users probably won't need to delve into the Advanced settings that will restore content like this, but it's nice to have a backup should something disastrous occur. It's also useful because it enables people to restore key information to a new iPhone or iPad without having to work from a full backup.

    iCloud settings are also handy for immediately signing out of all browsers that are signed into iCloud should you suspect someone has gained unauthorized access to your account and for managing apps that let people look you up using your Apple ID. It also displays all devices you're signed into, offers up a look at available storage, and displays the members of your Family Sharing group.

    Article Link: How to Recover Files, Contacts, Bookmarks, Calendars and Reminders in iCloud
     
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    iMessages aren't stored on a server once they've been delivered, so that would be impossible.
     
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    Not yet, but I've been hoping for messages in the cloud for a long time now. It's way too easy to accidentally delete message threads without having a way to restore them short of a whole iCloud restore. Plus, I'd like to be able to store them all on the large hard drive of my Mac, including message threads that started on my iPhone before iMessages came to the Mac, instead of having to perpetually keep them on my iPhone.
     
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    iExplorer will transfer all your messages to the Mac, but you have to do it manually.
     
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    Thanks for this article.

    It's good to know that iCloud stuff is backed up online.
     
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    Is there a way to recover playlists that Apple music ate?
     
  10. kagharaht macrumors 6502a

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    I don't see an option there for Photos. Once those are deleted or past 30 days, then its gone forever right?
     
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    One of the best posts by Mac rumors! Good information!
     
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    I'd just like messages to turn up in the first place.
     
  13. Jsameds macrumors 68040

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    Are you sure? I've had past conversations appear on brand new devices after I've set them up and restored with iCloud.
     
  14. H2SO4 macrumors 68040

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    Call me a cynic but, ‘Apple quietly introduced tools to recover deleted files from iCloud’, suggests to me that they are never really deleted.
    Now if this were google, the Fanboys would be up in arms about how Evil Google are storing your data to monetize it.
     
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    It would be very convenient, but I don't think Apple will ever do it due to privacy concerns.

    100% sure, the only way I could think that happened is you were previously signed into iMessage on that device and never signed out, so it thought the messages hadn't been delivered yet.
     
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    Enable iCloud Photo Library and choose optimise.
    Or use Photo sharing manually.
     
  17. Yumbo macrumors 6502

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    You restored a backup which includes Messages.
     
  18. Yumbo macrumors 6502

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    Certain data is backed up for a small period of time for iCloud services.
    All Apple is doing is saving time to restore accidental deletions by yourself, instead of calling up and having them do it for you.
     
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    They just like a same way.
     
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    How are messages any more private than, say, emails, calendar data, stuff people keep in iCloud Drive - heck, even photos? My photos are (to me) way more private than simple old text messages. So is my calendar. But Apple already gives us the option to store that stuff in the cloud if we want. I'd like the same option for my messages. Always having access to them would be very much worth it to me.
     
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    I'd guess because people tend to communicate more often/more quickly over iMessage/SMS. I'd like the option to store my message history in iCloud too, but I don't see Apple ever allowing it.
     
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    I need help!!! I tried to Restore Files but my deleted files DID NOT appear at all. They were deleted this morning so they are definitely within the 30 days period. Help, please, anyone?
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  24. rkhanna99 macrumors newbie

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    I was able to update contacts by this method but under Restore Files there were no files. How Can I retrieve other files?
     
  25. Caniizeeen macrumors newbie

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    Go to settings/icloud on your phone. Make sure you are logged with your apple id.

    Contacts should be on, click on it to turn it off and choose keep (even though you show no contacts)

    When the process is done go ahead and turn on contacts again, choose merge. All your contacts should show up if you had a previous backup to icloud.

    You don't have to restore your phone like the previous poster stated, the above worked perfect for me as I also had a blank list after a restore.
     

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