How to Restore iPhone Contacts
How do I only restore contacts from an iPhone backup?
I reset my iPhone 4 and all I want put back on my phone from the old backup is the contacts. Is there any way to restore only the contacts? Please give step-by-step instructions for a Mac. Thank you.
Yes, there are two ways. If you use iTunes to manage your iPhone, you must have noticed that iTunes always makes backup for your iPhone when you sync it, and the backup includes your contacts, SMS, calendar, notes, photos, videos and more. You could restore iPhone contacts from it by extracing the backup. The other way is recovering contacts directly from your iPhone if your previous contacts are not overwritten. To reach it, you need to get an iPhone contacts restoring tool: Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac) or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (for Windows users).
Both of the software are especially for users who want to free the contents from iTunes backup file and restore to iPhone. It turns the backup file into recoverable contacts, SMS, calendar, call history, notes, photos and videos separately, so that you can restore any of them selectively. More, no matter you are using iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS or the other previous version, you can use the program all the same. In addition, the two versions of Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS also allow you to directly scan and recover contacts from iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.
This Dr.Fone guide is based in Mac version. Windows users can now learn Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (for Windows) user guide here: Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (for Windows) Guide.
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Steps to restore contacts on iPhone
Step 1. Scan the backup file
Things you need to know first: You don't need to connect and sync your iPhone with iTunes before you run the program. Just download, install and launch it on your computer.
After running it, click Recover from iTunes Backup File on the top of the start window, and then choose the backup of your iPhone from which you are going to restore contacts.
If you only have one Apple device connected and synced with iTunes before, there would be only one device backup. Then click Start Scan, and move on.
Step 2. Choose to restore iPhone contacts
When the scanning finishes, all the content in the previous backup file will be separated out, and you can preview all of the one by one.
To restore contacts from iPhone, check the box in front of the Contacts, and hit on the Recover button to save it on your Mac.
Step3. Transfer contacts to iPhone
Now the contact exists on your Mac in a .vcf file. You only need to import it into the Apple or Windows Address Mail, and then transfer it to your iPhone through iTunes. Then everything is done here.
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