How to restore deleted files, contacts, and calendars from iCloud

Apple’s web-based iCloud portal now allows you to restore your deleted data from the iCloud account within a period of time. Apple’s iOS and Mac OS X often gets a host of new features and changes through software updates, but a web-based service getting a useful new feature is a rarity. Using this new feature, users can restore their iCloud files, contacts, calendar, and reminders that your accidently deleted from your iCloud account.

iCloud.com gets newly implemented ‘Restore Files’, ‘Restore Contacts’, and ‘Restore Calendars and Reminders‘ options under its advanced settings options. It means these new features are hidden from the plain view, and the user has to dig deep to find them.

In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to access these new features of icloud.com and restore your deleted files, contacts, calendars, or reminders from your iCloud account.

Restore your iCloud deleted Files, Contacts, Calendars, or Reminders

  1. Open any browser on your computer and go to icloud.com.
  2. Login using your Apple ID credentials for which you accidently deleted your data.
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  3. Click on your name at the top right corner of the screen and select “iCloud Settings.”
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  4. scroll to the bottom on the iCloud Settings page where you’ll find an “Advanced section.” There you should see three links available
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    • Restore Files: This tab shows a list of your deleted iCloud files in a list format along with the file name, size, type, application used to interact with, and how many days remaining until the file gets deleted permanently. It means iCloud now have a time-limited trash folder, where deleted files are held and made available for restore for a limited time period until they get deleted forever.
    • Restore Contacts: Deleted contacts are kept in a different fashion. Users are provided with an archive of the contacts database with a time and date assigned to it. The user can restore any archives and replace the contacts on the device.
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    • Restore Calendars and Reminders: A restore mechanism similar to Restore Contacts is in place for the Calendars and Reminder under “Restore Calendars” tab.
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    Apple also warns the user and provides guidance when he attempts to check these advanced new settings of iCloud.com as these settings may get confusing and even messy at times.

  5. Once you’ve selected a your desired files from the deleted files list, or archive of Calendar, or Contacts and clicked on Restore, you’ll see a “Restore Complete” prompt confirming that the restoration has been completed successfully.

These are some very welcomed features to Apple’s cloud storage service. It will really make life easier for those iCloud users who accidentally end up deleting their data from iCloud without any sort of knowledge. Recovering deleted files and lost contacts is a real deal make for Apple’s iCloud. These features should have been there from day one, but it’s better late than never.

iCloud comes integrated with iOS devices and is a great and easy way to backup your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. You can manage your iCloud settings on your iOS device by going into Settings > iCloud.

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