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How to Recover Lost or Deleted iPhone Contacts

Lost all contacts on your iPhone? That's really a nightmare, but you don't need to be panic. This iPhone contact recovery software enables you to recover deleted iPhone contacts in two ways. Read on to learn solutions below.

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3 ways to recover contacts from iPhone 6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS!

Recover contacts directly from iPhone, iTunes backup and iCloud backup.
Retrieve contacts including numbers, names, emails, job titles, companies, etc.
Supports iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the latest iOS 8 fully!New icon
Recover data lost due to deletion, device loss, jailbreak, iOS 8 upgrade, etc.
Selectively preview and recover any data you want.
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Part 1: Directly scan and recover contacts from iPhone 6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS

Precondition: You need to have your iPhone in hand, and it's in normal use.
What you need: Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (a Windows or Mac version)

Stop using your iPhone at the right moment when you deleted contacts on it, for a better chance of recovery. Then install and run the software on your computer. You can recover deleted contacts from an iPhone with it in 2 steps: scan, preview & recover.

About Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS: The world's first iOS data recovery software for personal users, enables you to recover deleted contacts, messages, photos, videos, notes, call history, voice memos and so on from different iDevices. It's totally safe, easy to use and effective.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone and scan it
Connect your iPhone and run the Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS program on your computer. Then you'll see the main window as follows. Simply click on the Start Scan button to get it scanned.

Step 2. Preview and recover iPhone contacts
After the scan, you can preview all found data before recovery. Choose Contacts to preview, mark it and click Recover.

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Part 2: Recover iPhone contacts from iTunes backup

Precondition: You need to have your iPhone synced with iTunes before you deleted the contacts.
What you need: iTunes, (optional: Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS)

You can restore your iPhone contacts from iTunes backup in two ways: directly restore the entire backup via iTunes, or selectively recover contacts from the backup via Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS. You can choose one the most suitable for you.

  Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS Restore via iTunes
Devices Supported For all iPhones (iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 are included) For all iPhones
Pros

Preview iTunes backup content before recovery;
Selectively recover whatever you want from the backup;
No data overwritten on the iPhone;
Easy to use.

Free;
Easy to use.

Cons Paid software with a trial version.

No preview;
No selective restore;
Overwrites all data on the iPhone.

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1) Restoring the entire backup from iTunes

Disable auto synchronization first, preventing your iPhone from syncing automatically:

For Windows users: Run iTunes, go to < Edit < Preferences... < Devices.
For Mac users: Run iTunes, go to < iTunes < Preferences... < Devices

Then connect your iPhone to the computer. Go to the "Devices" again, choose the backup file of your iPhone and click on the "Restore" button. When the restore is complete, your iPhone will restart and all the contacts in the backup is on your iPhone now.

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2) Selectively recovering iPhone contacts from iTunes backup

Step 1. Scan the backup file
There will be a list of backup files displayed, after you click Recover from iTunes Backup File on the top of the program's window. Choose the one for your iPhone and click Start Scan.

Step 2. Preview and recover your iPhone contacts
The scan only takes you a few seconds. All the contents from the backup file will be displayed in details. You can read them all. Then check the box in front of any item you want, and click the Recover button.

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Part 3: Recover deleted iPhone contacts from iCloud backup

Precondition: You've backed up your iPhone with iCloud before you lost the contacts.
What you need: iCloud

There are two ways for you to recover contacts from your iCloud backup: Merge it to your iPhone or restore it to your iPhone.

Merge iCloud contacts on your iPhone: Go to Settings < iCloud. Log in to your Apple ID and turn off the item of Contacts. Then turn it on and choose Merge on the pop-up message. Then all contacts in the iCloud backup is back to your iPhone.

Restore iCloud backup to your iPhone: In this way, you need to set your iPhone as a new device by going to Settings < General < Reset < Erase All Content and Settings, and then choose Erase iPhone on the pop-up message. When it restarts, you can choose to Restore from iCloud Backup.

Apparently, the first way is highly recommended. If there are really special reasons that you can't do it by the merging way, the second way still can be an option.

One more way: recover only contacts from iCloud backup

Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS also lets you extract the iCloud backup and selectively recover whatever you want from it, so that you don't need to restore the whole backup and reset your iPhone. If you want to have a try, you can download the trial version to try it by yourself. It only takes you a few minutes.

Note: When you're doing this, do keep your internet is connected.

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Steps of selectively recovering contacts from iCloud backup

1

Sign in iCloud account

First of sign in your iCloud account, so that the online backup can be retrieved later.

2

Download and extract

After getting in, choose the backup you want to download and extract it in 2 clicks.

3

Preview and recover

When the scan stops, you can preview and recover any item you want from the backup.


More about Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS:

Supported devices Data available to recover
  • iPhone 6 Plus, 6, 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS
  • iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini, iPad with Retina display, The new iPad, iPad 2, iPad 1
  • iPod touch 5, iPod touch 4
  • Text content: Contacts, Messages, Call history, Calendar, Notes, Reminder, WahtsApp History, Safari bookmark, App Documents
  • Media content: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, Voice memos, Message attachments, WhatsApp Attachments, Voicemail, App Photos, App Videos

Useful tips for syncing with Google contacts on your iPhone

For iOS 7 and iOS 8 users, you can follow the stops below to sync your contacts with Google Contacts:

1. Tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account > Google.
2. Enter the required information in the fields.
3. Make sure Contacts is on.

For iOS 5 or iOS 6 users, you can set up contact syncing with Google Contacts by following steps:

1. Tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account... > Other > Add CardDAV Account.
2. Enter the following information in the fields:
*Server: google.com
*User Name: your full Google email address
*Password: your Google account password
3. Tap Next at the top of the screen to complete the setup.
After you have completed the setup, open the Contacts app on your device. Syncing should begin automatically.


Product-related questions? Speak directly to our Support Team >>

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Check your iCloud backup first. If they are there, you can restore them.
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Someonehit the factory reset button all my contactswere erased but my photos weren't I don't have a computer what do I do
Selena
Follow the steps below: 1. Open Address book on your Mac. Choose all the VCF file of your recovered contacts, and directly drag them to the Address book. 2. Connect your iPhone and open iTunes, and choose Info>Sync Contacts>All Contacts (or Selective Group), and sync it now. If you've set sync data from iCloud, you need to close the Contact option on your iPhone before you do the 2nd step above.
stephanie owens
how do you import it to the address book in order to sync it to my iPhone through iTunes
Selena
Tiffany, do you use the recovery mode of Recover from iOS Device? Factory restore can overwrite all data on your device. You need to try recovering data by extracting your iTunes backup.
disqus_TcrS4JK24l
why didn't any contact comes up before the factory restore. only the ones that are after the restore showed up.
Selena
Yes, this is a way, but Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS lets you preview the data before recovery and selectively recover whatever you want. iTunes can't do this. Moreover, it allows you to directly scan your iPhone to recover data from it. This is really what Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS does.
Selena
Please download the trial version of Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS and follow the Part 2 guide above to scan your iPhone. If your lost contacts were not overwritten by new data, you still can recover them. Remember not to use your iPhone for anything, avoiding from generating new data.
Linsey
Hi I really need your help!! This is urgent! I tried transferring all contacts from my iphone to windows and outlook. However, the sync was not successful and all my contacts were lost in my phone. No backup was done prior to the transfer. I couldnt restore the last backup as the last one done was two years ago. I only have the contacts that were backup two years ago. Please let me know how could I retrieve my lost contacts. Thanks!!!
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if you have a previous backup you want to get to go on itunes got to preferences go to devices and delete the newer backups leave the older one and go to your phone and click restore backup much easier
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