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How to Recover Contacts from iPhone, iPad and iPod Files?

Mar. 16, 2014 11:28 am / Updated by Jerry Cook to iPhone Topics
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"Can anyone tell me how to recover deleted contacts from iPhone? I just lost my contacts on the iPhone. Those contacts are very important for me. Can any please help me in this?"

Actually, no matter you have backup or not, you can easily recover contacts from iPhone, iPod and iPad.

If you have backed-up iOS data before with iTunes, you are able to recover all of our previously deleted files without any issues. You can use a utility - named iTunes Data Recovery to recover contacts from iPhone 5s/5c/5/4S/4/3GS, iPad 5/4/mini/3/2, iPod Touch 5/4 from iTunes backup. Of course, it supports text messages, photos, notes, and other files as well. If you are Mac users, turn to its Mac edition - iTunes Data Recovery for Mac.

What if you don't have iOS backup files, you need to turn to another program - iPhone Data Recovery which enables you to recover contacts from iPhone, iPad and iPad without backup.

Follow the steps below to learn how to retrieve deleted contacts from iDevices. It's really just that simple.

Part I: How to Recover Contacts from iPhone(including the new iPhone 5s/5c), iPod or iPad from iTunes Backup?

Step 1: Select the iPhone, iPad or iPod Backup File

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Once you have installed the software, select your iOS device backup file on the main interface and start the scan by clicking "Start Scan".

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Step 2: Select Contacts that Need to Be Recovered

Then all the recoverable files are displayed, and you can preview them before recovery. The fact that you are able to view the files before recovering them was a big help, since there are some files you no longer need. Select the ones you need and click "Recover".

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Step 3: Save the Recovered Contacts from Backup

When a windows pops up, you need to navigate a folder to save the recovered contacts.

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Part II: How to Recover Contacts from iOS Devices without Backup?

If you don't have backup file in hand, you can turn to iPhone Data Recovery to recover deleted, lost contacts from iPhone, iPod and iPad without backup.

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Step 1: Connect iOS Device to Computer

To get started, connect your device to the computer.

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Step 2: Start to Scan Lost Contacts from iPhone, iPad or iPod

Click "Start Scan" to start to scan your device for lost contacts.

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Step 3: Preview and Select Lost Contacts

After the scan, you can preview all found data before recovery. Choose "Contacts" to preview, select the ones you need to recover and click "Recover". And specify a location on your computer to save the recovered contacts.

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Besides recovering directly from iDevice and recovering from iTunes backup, iPhone Data Recovery can also recover iPhone contacts from iCloud backup if you have ever backed up your data with iCloud. The steps are: Sign in iCloud account ->Select and download iCloud backup -> Preview and recover data from iCloud backup.

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