3 Simple Methods to Get iCloud Contacts on Your iOS Device

iCloud lets you sync almost all the stuff you have on your iOS device with your iCloud account. Some of the items that you can sync include your photos, videos, notes, and contacts. The last one - contacts - is an important thing as that's often where your personal and professional contact phone numbers are saved. If you have synced your contacts with iCloud, this guide will show you how you can restore contacts from iCloud.

When it comes to restoring contacts, you have got multiple methods to do that. Either you can restore while setting up your device or you can restore using an app after your device has been set up. Let's check out all the feasible options for how to restore contacts from iCloud.

Does iCloud Backup Contact

As mentioned before, iCloud does back up contacts from the Contacts app on your iOS-based device. All the contacts that you have in the app get backed up to your iCloud account giving you an opportunity to restore them when you want.

Method 1. View and Restore Contacts from iCloud Backup Selectively

If you want to recover contacts from iCloud selectively, then you are going to need to use a software to do that as iCloud by default doesn't allow you to restore items selectively. There are several apps that let you do that and here we show one of those apps for you to restore your contacts.

The app that you are going to be using is called Tenorshare UltData and it allows you to restore data from iCloud backups on your Windows PC or Mac. It's easy to use the app and the following shows how:

Download and open the software on your computer. Select the option that says Recover from iCloud Backup File at the top and enter in your iCloud login details and log-in to your account.

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After logging-in to your account, choose the backup where your contacts are stored. Then, click on the Next button to continue.

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On the screen that follows, checkmark the box that says Contacts and click on Next to continue. This way it will only scan for contacts in your backup.

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You should then be able to view and restore contacts from your iCloud backup to your iOS device or your computer.

Method 2. Restore Contacts from iCloud to iPhone by Resetting

If you have just set up a new iOS device or it's been a while since you set up and haven't got much data on your device, you can reset your device and restore an iCloud backup to restore all your contacts on your device.

Please keep in mind that this will restore all the items from your iCloud backup and not just contacts. If you are fine with that, let's see how to retrieve contacts from iCloud by resetting your iOS based device.

On your iOS device, open the Settings app and head to General > Reset. Then, tap on the option that says Erase All Content and Settings.

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After your device content has been erased, set up your device from scratch and tap on Restore from iCloud Backup on the apps & data screen.

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You will be able to select an iCloud backup to restore data from. Once the data has been restored, you will find that all your iCloud contacts are now available on your iOS device.

Method 3. Restore Contacts from iCloud.com

If you don't already know, iCloud has a website that also allows you to manage your iCloud content including your contacts synced to your account. If you haven't used it before, here's how you can use it to restore contacts on your device.

Head over to the iCloud website using a browser and log-in to your account.

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After logging-in to your account, click on the option that says Settings.

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On the settings page, click on Restore Contacts in the Advanced section and follow the on-screen instructions.

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Contacts from your iCloud account will be restored to your iOS device.

Extra Tip: How to Delete Contacts from iCloud?

Not only does iCloud allow you to sync contacts but it also lets you edit them from your browser. On the iCloud website, you can actually select a contact or multiple contact options and have them deleted from your account. The following is how you do it.

Head over to the iCloud website and log-in to your account. Then, click on the Contacts option.

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Select a contact you wish to delete and click on the Edit option. Then, click on the Delete Contact option and the contact will be deleted from your iCloud account.

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So that was how you can delete a contact from iCloud.

We hope the above guide teaches you how to get contacts from iCloud using the most efficient ways. With all these methods at your disposal, you will certainly be able to recover your contacts the way you want. And if you're choosy like us, UltData is your friend.

/ Posted by Jerry Cook to iCloud Follow @Jerry Cook