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2 Ways to Recover Contacts from iPhone 5s/5c/5, iPhone 4S/4 and iPhone 3GS

Aug. 08, 2014 11:43 am / Updated by Jerry Cook to Apple Devices
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A friend of mine has lost her iPhone 5 contacts while installing and upgrading iTunes. She felt so frustrated because some of the contacts are hard to regain. A few days ago, the same misery happened to me – I couldn't find all my iPhone 5S contacts after upgraded to iOS 8. This really drives us crazy. We searched the internet all day long, wishing to find a way to recover our contacts.

Just as the old saying goes: where there is a will, there is a way, and we finally find some way to recover contacts from iPhone 5 (including iPhone 5S, 5C, 5), iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and other iPhone.

iTunes Data Recovery and iPhone Data Recovery are the tools that help us perform the recovery in different ways.

Section 1. How to Recover Contacts from iPhone 5S/5C/5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 Using iTunes Backup

One biggest merit about using iTunes Data Recovery to restore contacts from iPhone 5S/5C/5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, etc. is that you can recover iPhone contacts even if you've lost iPhone. As long as you have backed up iPhone or synched iPhone with iTunes before. The program will automatically find iTunes backup and recovers all the contents of the backup.

For Mac users, iTunes Data Recovery for Mac is available to help them restore deleted contacts from iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 on Mac.

Free Download iTunes Data Recovery Software:

Size:10.73MB Size:3.59MB
Secure Download Windows
Secure Download Mac

Step1. Scan the backup file

On the backup list, select the one signifying your iPhone and then press "Start Scan" to proceed.

recover contacts from iPhone 5

Step2. Preview iPhone Contacts

As scanning finishes, we could preview contacts, like the picture below.

how to recover contacts from iPhone 4S

Step3. Recover and save contacts to PC

Finally there comes the last step – click "Recover" and specify a path to save the recovered contacts.

recover deleted contacts from iPhone 4

Section 2. How to Retrieve Contacts on iPhone 5S/5C/5/iPhone 4S/iPhone 4 without Backup

The truth is that sometimes we just do not have the habit to back up iPhone on a regular basis and therefore we cannot restore iPhone contacts from backup. Don't panic. In this case, iPhone Data Recovery is able to help us recover contacts directly from iPhone without backup files. Let's see how that is made possible by iPhone Data Recovery.

Note: iPhone Data Recovery cam also help to restore iPhone contacts from iTunes backup and from iCloud backup.

Download Any iPhone 6/5/4/3GS Data Recovery Software:

Secure Download Windows
Secure Download Mac

Step 1. Connect iPhone to computer

Before launch iPhone Data Recovery, connect your iPhone to computer through a USB cable. Then start the program.

Step 2. Restore contacts on iPhone 5 (iPhone 5S/5C/5), iPhone 4S, iPhone 4

The program will automatically begin scanning your iPhone for lost contacts when you successfully entered DFU mode. And you could preview and recover your lost contacts. Moreover, you can preview and recover other iPhone files as well, including photos, messages, notes, etc.

restore contacts from iPhone 5 without backup

Note: The newly released iOS 7.1.2 or iOS 8 may cause iPhone data loss. So back up your iPhone data before updating to the new iOS.

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