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How to Recover Contacts Lost after iOS 5.1 Update

Contacts lost after iOS 5.1 update!

Hi all, after updating to iOS 5.1, some of my contacts are lost, or not showing on my iPhone 4. I've synced my iPhone with iTunes before iOS 5.1 update. Now I only want to get back my previous contacts, as well as keep data on my iPhone now. Is there any way that I can only get back the contacts? Thanks very much!

As we know, iTunes can automatically generate a backup file for every iOS device when you sync with it, and the backup file keeps updating with later sync. However, the backup file is not allowed to view or access due to personal privacy. You need to give up all data existing on your device to restore the previous backup data. There is no selective choice, only "All" or "Nothing" from iTunes backup.

If you want to have a selective option, you need a third-party tool helping to extract your iTunes backup file, such Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac) or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (for Windows users). Both of them can help you extract and preview the whole contents of your iTunes backup file including contacts, messages, photos, videos, notes, voice memos, etc.

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How to recover iPhone contacts lost after iOS 5.1 update

Here let's take the Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Windows) as example. Download and install it on your computer. Then follow the steps below.

Step 1. Select and scan your iTunes backup

When launch the Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS, you'll get two recovery modes: Recover from iOS Device & Recover from iTunes Backup File. Choose the second one and the interface below will appear. All iTunes backup files are listed. Select the one for your iPhone and click the Start Scan button to begin extracting the whole contents.

contacts lost after ios 5.1 update

Step 2. Preview and recover lost contacts

After the scan, all the contents in iTunes backup will be extracted in categories like Contacts, Messages, Notes, etc. You can preview the contacts by choosing it. Mark it and click Recover, you can save them all on your computer with one click.

The recovered contacts file is in the VCF or CSV format, you can add it to the Windows Address Book or Outlook, and then sync it to your iPhone with iTunes.

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Note: If you don't have any iTunes backup file, you can try the Recover from iOS Device option, which allows you to directly scan and recover data from your device. Of course, overwritten data can't be recovered.

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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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