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How to Recover Contacts Wiped by iOS 6 Upgrade

Is There Any Way to Recover Wiped Contacts on iOS 6?

I have an iPhone 4S and was running on iOS 5.1.1. I decided "Hey, let's get 6.0 now that it's out". So I run through the installs, and the strangest thing happened when I upgraded...I lost virtually every contact that I made before, say, March of this year. Seems like they have all been wiped from my iPhone 4S, is there any way to recover them on iOS 6?

Generally, it is still possible to restore wiped contacts from iOS 6. If you’ve ever synced your iPhone with iTunes, you can retrieve wiped contacts by using an iPhone contacts recovering tool.

Contacts recovery for iPhone: recover wiped contacts from iOS 6 easily

First of all, get a contacts recovery tool for iPhone: Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac) or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Windows).

This tool helps you restore wiped contacts on iOS 6 by extracting iTunes backup. It is universal recovery program for iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS, all iPads and iPod touch5/4.

Download the free trial version. Please choose the right version.

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Scan and extract iTunes backup to retrieve wiped contacts from iOS 6

Here we take Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Windows) as an example, you can restore wiped contacts on iOS 6 in 2 simple steps.

Step 1. Scan iTunes Backup

Install and run the program. An interface as below will be displayed, devices that have iTunes backup on your computer will all be scanned. Decide your device name and click Start Scan.

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Step 2. Preview and Restore Wiped Contacts

After the scanning, all files in your iTunes backup will be showed in categories as below: Contacts, Messages, Photos, Videos, Voice Memos and more. You can check Contacts to preview contacts’ details. And it is on you to check which contacts you want to recover, and then click Recover to save them on your computer.

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Note: The contacts that recovered from backup will be saved in three formats on your computer, and .VCF format contacts can be added to your computer Contacts List and be imported to your device again by iTunes.

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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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The trial version is for you to check whether files found by Dr.Fone are what you want to recover or not. If you want to recover them, you need to purchase a lisenced code.
can you use the free trial to restore lost contacts, or do you have to pay for the full version? other similar software i've seen only allows you to save apps and music, not contacts, calendar etc on the free trial.