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Simple Ways to Restore Contacts from iPhone after iOS 8/7 Update

Mar. 27, 2015 6:26 pm / Updated by Jerry Cook to iPhone Topics
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Contacts are extremely important for us to keep in touch with others. Recently, I'm receiving tons of messages from users who lost iPhone contacts after iOS 7 update as well as other data. To help them out, I introduce 3 easy and effective ways to recover iPhone contacts after iOS 8.2/8.1/8 or iOS 7.1 upgrade.

Note: Someone suggest downgrading iOS 7 to iOS 6 if this happens. However, only the beta version can be downgraded. If you're running the public version, no way to downgrade. The downgrade also will make iPhone stuck in black Recovery Mode and cause iPhone contacts lost again. So, keep on reading to recover wiped contacts first.

How to Restore Lost Contacts from iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4 after iOS 8 or iOS 7 Update

iPhone update problem causes loss of addresses and contacts is not a big deal. You can use either iPhone Data Recovery or iTunes for restoring iPhone contacts after iOS update (We recommend the former for its ease and effectiveness). To help you better understand each instruction, we would like to specify these 2 tools.

  • Method 1. Use iPhone Data Recovery to recover iPhone contacts after iOS 8/7 update without Backup
  • Method 2. Use iTunes Sync to restore iPhone contacts after iOS 8/7 update
  • Method 1. Use iPhone Data Recovery to recover iPhone contacts after iOS 8/7 update

    Difficulty: Easy

    Equipments Required:  iPhone Data Recovery, PC, a USB cable

    Time Required: Within 2 minutes

    Previous Preparation Required: None (iPhone Data Recovery requires no backup files and it can directly extract and recover the lost contacts on iPhone after iOS 7 or iOS 7.1 update.)

    Important: iPhone Data Recovery has 3 modes for iPhone contacts recovery after iOS 7 or iOS 7.1 update, that is, recover contacts from iPhone without backup, restore iPhone contacts from iTunes backup, and retrieve iPhone contacts from iCloud backup. All the modes won't delete your iPhone data and settings, and only take you within 2 minutes. So feel free to use this iPhone Data Recovery tool to rescue your contacts erased after iOS 7 installation.

    Here we take the mode of how to recover iPhone contacts without backup as an example.

    If you are a Mac user, head to iPhone Data Recovery for Mac to restore contacts from iPhone after iOS 7 update.

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    • 1. Run iPhone Data Recovery on your PC or iPhone Data Recovery for Mac on your MacBook and connect your iPhone to PC or Mac with the USB cable.
    • 2. Click "Start Scan" to scan your iPhone data -- it's safe and no damage.
    • 3. Select "Contacts" to preview and check after the scan process. This program can scan not only the lost contacts after iOS update, but also the deleted ones due to other reasons.

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    • 4. Click "Recover" after selecting the wanted contacts or all and choose a save path on your computer to recover the contacts in the formats of vcf, xls, xml, or txt.

    Method 2. Use iTunes Sync to restore iPhone contacts after iOS 8/7 update

    Difficulty: A bit difficult
    Equipments Required: The latest version of iTunes, PC or Mac, a USB cable
    Time Required: Within 20 minutes
    Previous Preparation Required: You have backed up iPhone contacts with iTunes before. If you haven't use iTunes to sync or back up your contacts before you lost them, then you need to skip this method. Go directly to Method 1 if you are in this case.

    • 1. You can also use "Restore from Backup" option to restore contacts lost after iOS 7 upgrading. However, this method would overwrite everything on your device anyway, since it doesn't provide any partial restore functionality.
    • 2. iTunes can only recover the previous contacts you backed up before, which means you won't retrieve the newly-added contacts after backup. Moreover, you can't view and check the contacts in iTunes.
    • 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with the USB cable.
    • 2. Open iTunes if it doesn't start automatically. iTunes will recognize your iPhone.
    • 3. Click on the iPhone logo in iTunes and click "Info" tab.
    • 4. Click the "Sync Contacts" checkbox. You can either choose to sync all of your contacts, or you can select specific groups of contacts.
    • 5. Click "Sync". Don't pull out your USB cable during the sync process. This will put the contacts from iTunes into your iPhone.
    • 6. Click "Eject" when the sync is finished. Don't remove your iPhone from computer without first ejecting it.

    Now you can check your contacts on your iPhone. If you find your iPhone still misses some contacts (which would happen to some users sometimes), refer to the method in Method 1.

    After all the steps, you should have a clear idea on how to restore iPhone contacts after iOS 7 update. Besides,  iPhone Data Recovery can recover other lost data like messages, call history, bookmarks, notes, photos, videos, Whatsapp messages, Viber/tango app data etc. after iPhone update to iOS 8. Learn more >>

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