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How to Backup iPhone 4S Contacts before iOS 6 Update

What You Should Do to Avoid Contacts Losing after iOS 6 Upgrade

Have you ever encountered this problem: when you updated your iPhone 4S to iOS 6, you seemed to have lost all your contacts. They were not in the iCloud either. What should you do?

Actually, upgrading to iOS 6 would bring contacts lose problem. Eeven if you have created iTunes backup before the update and restored from it after the update, your contacts might disappear forever.

To avoid contacts losing, the solution is actually available. There are some programs that can transfer contacts in your iTunes backup to your computer. Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac) or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (for Windows users) is a program that enables you to backup contacts from iTunes backup of iPhone 4S and save them on your computer. This is a totally new way of making an iPhone contacts backup. Contacts backed-up by this tool can be easily read or moved on computer, it’s better than iTunes backup.

Download the trial version first.

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Perform iPhone Contacts Backup before iOS 6 Upgrade in 3 Steps

Before making backup with this program, please make sure that you had created an iTunes backup before the upgrade.

Step 1. Scan iTunes Backup of Your Device

After installing and running the program, you will see a window as below on computer. Devices that have iTunes backup on your computer will be displayed. You just need to choose the proper backup of your iPhone and then click “Start Scan”.

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Step 2. Perform iPhone 4S/iPhone 5 Contacts Backup before iOS 6 Update

Within a few seconds, the interface of the program will be showed as follow. All contents inside the iTunes backup are extracted and displayed in categories.

You can hit on “Contacts” on the left side to preview details of it, so as to selectively backup and save them on your computer.

Tick those contacts you want to backup or tick all contacts to backup and then click “Recover”.

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Step 3. Backup and Save Contacts on Your Computer

After clicking “Recover”, you will be required to select one folder to save contacts on your computer. Just follow the instructions. The backup is finished then.

Notes: Contacts saved on your computer is easy to read and print, you can also import them into your iOS 6 device with iTunes again.

What’s More:

1. Since iTunes Backup is not available to access and read and iOS upgrade would create a new iTunes backup of your device, it is very important to backup iPhone contacts before iOS 6 upgrade to avoid contacts loss.

2. This tool is also an iPhone data recovery tool. It is able to recover many types of files from iTunes backup of iDevice. What’s more, Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS supports data recovery directly from all iOS device.

3. This guide is based in Windows version of this tool. For Mac computer, the operations are similar.

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Further Reading

Recover iPhone messages: This guide shows you how to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone in different ways.
Recover deleted photos on iPhone: This article shows you how to recover deleted photos on iPhone in different ways.
Recover iPhone iMessages: You can recover deleted contacts without a backup on iPhone with 3 steps at ease.

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