Most Mac or iPhone users feel safe when using iCloud, thinking that this data cannot go away. In practice, however, this sometimes happens and then the horror is usually great.

The good news: there is a high probability that none of Apple's data centers has vanished into thin air. It is much more likely that the data is still in the iCloud, but the syncing on your device has somehow gone wrong.

Sometimes it can also be that the data on your device has disappeared and this status has then also been synchronized to the iCloud. In this case, the data is gone on all devices and can no longer be found in the iCloud with "normal" means.

How to Recover iCloud Data

Fortunately, Apple always has iCloud backups in store for just such cases. In this way, for example, files, calendar entries, contacts or reminders can be restored. I couldn't find the iCloud Photo Library.

I didn't know this restore function myself until my research, which is because Apple did not place the option very prominently in the menu.

But with the following instructions you will get to the corresponding functions:

  1. call www.icloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID, which is also active on the device that lost the data.
  2. Click on your name in the top right corner and select "Settings" in the menu.
  3. In the following window you will find the options "Restore files", "Restore contacts", "Restore calendar" and "Restore bookmarks" at the bottom left.
  4. If you click on one of the options, a list of the different versions that can be saved appears in the following window.
If you have logged into the iCloud, you can click on the user name in the top right corner and open the settings.

If you have logged into the iCloud, you can click on the user name in the top right corner and open the settings.

 

If you are in the iCloud settings, you will find the links to the various recovery options at the bottom left.

If you are in the iCloud settings, you will find the links to the various recovery options at the bottom left.

 

For example, here I clicked that I want to restore the contacts. I am suggested two different data sets from which I can choose.

For example, here I clicked that I want to restore the contacts. I am suggested two different data sets from which I can choose.

Backblaze as an additional cloud backup

As you can see, iCloud doesn't back up all the files that you use on your Mac. As far as I know, the photo library cannot be restored in this way. For this reason, in addition to Time Machine (see my article "The right hard drive for Time Machine backup“) And iCloud one more Online backup service like Backblaze use.

Backblaze saves all files on the Mac in the background in the cloud and encrypts the data beforehand so that nobody - even if they could get the backup data - has access to them. Backblaze runs in the background on my Macs and uses the times when the Mac is idle to update the online backup.

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