How to recover your deleted data from iCloud

You may have inadvertently deleted data from your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, or even your iCloud account. Fortunately, Apple offers you a way to restore previously lost data, and this tutorial guides you through the process.

Data Recovery on iCloud web

Apple’s iCloud data restoration covers various items typically stored in the cloud that may have been accidentally deleted. This includes contactscalendar eventsremindersSafari bookmarksiCloud Drive filesphotosiCloud emails, and Pages, Numbers & Keynote files.

You have 30 days after deleting something to restore it via iCloud, so if you notice something is gone or missing, then it’s a good idea to get on top of this instead of procrastinating.

When you restore something, it will replace everything that’s currently on all devices tied to your iCloud account. This means what you change isn’t going to affect only one of your devices; it will sync to all of them. This might be something you want to keep in mind if you have one device set up differently from the rest.

Most of the time, however, users are going to have their content and settings synced throughout their devices, so this shouldn’t be a problem.

Note: You will find the recovered items in their respective app or location where they were, like the original iCloud Drive folder or the Numbers, Pages, and Keynote folder in iCloud Drive.

Recover Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and Safari Bookmarks

  1. Go to and sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  2. Here, you have four recovery tiles. Go inside one, and you will see the available versions listed by date and time when they were archived. Click Restore next to the one you want to recover.
  3. Click Restore once again to confirm.
Restore Calendars and Reminders from iCloud web

Recover iCloud Drive, Numbers, Keynote, and Pages files

  1. Go to and log in with your Apple ID.
  2. Select Drive.
  3. Go to the Recently Deleted section. If you do not see it, click the Show Sidebar icon first.
  4. Click Recover All or select one or more files by holding the Command key on Mac or the Control key on Windows PC, and hit Recover.
Recover deleted iCloud Drive files

Recover deleted iCloud Photos

You can recover pictures and videos from the Recently Deleted section of iCloud web or the Photos app on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. From there, select the photos and hit Recover.

Recover deleted pictures from iCloud Photos on web

Recover trashed emails

It’s easy to recover deleted iCloud emails from, but you can’t recover deleted emails from other services like Gmail or Yahoo, even if you use them inside the Apple Mail app. To recover these, use the Trash section of the Apple Mail app or go to the respective website of that email service, such as or

  1. Head over to and sign in with your Apple ID.
  2. Select Trash from the left sidebar.
  3. To recover one email, drag it to the Inbox section or click its three-dot menu icon and choose Move Message > Inbox > Move.
  4. To recover multiple emails, hold the Command key on Mac or the Control key on Windows PC and select them. After that, click Move > Inbox > Move.
Recover deleted email from iCloud web

Recover deleted notes

If you’d like to get back one or all of your recently deleted notes, you can do it from the Notes app on your iOS or macOS device or from

Recover deleted iCloud Notes

iCloud isn’t syncing the restored data to all my devices

If you’re having trouble getting iCloud to sync all your freshly restored data to your iOS devices and Macs, keep in mind that Apple says this process can take as much as 6 hours to complete. If it’s taking a long time, look into the following scenarios.

Do you have a lot of devices?

The more devices you have, the more devices iCloud has to push data to. Although it should be fast for 2-3 devices, any more than that could take substantially more time because of bandwidth issues. In these instances, sync times may take longer than expected.

Are all of your devices connected to the internet?

If you have any of your devices powered off or disconnected from the internet at the time you’re restoring data from iCloud, it will be unable to sync to these devices. You need to make sure they’re powered on and connected to an internet source so iCloud can push the data to them.

Are all of your devices using the same iCloud account?

If any of your devices are using a different iCloud account than you initiated the restore on, then the data from the iCloud restore you’re perusing won’t be synced to those devices. You need to be using the same iCloud account on all of your devices for your iCloud restore to be effective for all of them.

Contact Apple

If all else fails, give Apple a call. We’re sure they’ll be able to help straighten out your dilemma and help you get your device’s data up and running again!

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