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How to Restore Deleted, Lost Contacts from iPhone (including iPhone 5s, 5c/5, iOS 6/7/8)

April 16, 2014 03:13 pm / Updated by Jerry Cook to iPhone Topics
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Why Needs to Restore iPhone Contacts

Accidents happen every day. Sometimes, you happen to delete a contact or a group of contacts from your iPhone by mistakes. It could happen because you're trying to enter a new phone and accidently remove the previous one. Or even worse, your iPhone is lost, stolen or broken. You may think you lost your contacts permanently. Can you restore iPhone contacts after iOS 8.3/8.2 update, after iOS 8/7 jailbreak?

Don't be in despair. You can restore lost iPhone contacts on iOS 8 or iOS 7 by using a third-party application. Your contacts are not lost forever to the ether.

iPhone Contacts Restore software and iPhone Contacts Restore for Mac are two of the best programs I have tested. By extracting unreadable iTunes backup file, they respectively restore iPhone contacts from backup (works for iPhone 6/6 Plus/5s/5c/5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS) on Windows and Mac computer as long as you synced your iPhone with iTunes before. Have a free trial.

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What if you have no backup file? The above two programs can't help you. When the Lord closes one door, somewhere else he opens a window. You can use another program named iPhone Data Recovery to restore contacts from iPhone without backup.

Follow this article to see how easy it is to restore iPhone contacts. Firstly choose the guide that's right for you.

Part I: How to Restore iPhone Contacts by Extracting iTunes Backup File?

Part II: How to Restore Contacts from iPhone Directly without Backup?

Part I: How to Restore iPhone Contacts with iTunes Backup File?

Download and install iTunes Data Recovery on your computer, and you can start the steps.

Step 1: Select iTunes Backup to Restore iPhone Contacts (including iPhone 5s/5c/5, iPhone 4s)

iTunes creates a backup file when you syncs your iPhone with iTunes each time. However, this file is unreadable. This program is able to list this file. Launch this program and select this backup file and click "Start Scan".
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Step 2: Select iPhone Contacts to Restore

This application will list all the contacts on your iPhone, select particular ones you need to recover by ticking the boxes in front of the file, or directly select all ones by ticking the boxes in front of "Contacts". This makes it very easy to restore deleted contact on iPhone.

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Step 3: Save the Restored iPhone Backup Contacts

Choose a Path on your computer to store the recovered contacts and hit "Save".
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Part II: How to Restore Contacts from iPhone without iTunes Backup?

What about no backup file? Choose iPhone Data Recovery Software to restore iPhone contacts and other files like photos, text messages, etc. Here are the guide to show you how to restore contact list on iPhone. Firstly, connect your iPhone to computer.

Note: Now iPhone Data Recovery can help you restore iPhone contacts from iCloud backup as well.

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Step 1: Scan Deleted iPhone Files

Then you can click "Start Scan" to scan lost files from iPhone.

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Step 3: Select and Restore Deleted iPhone Contacts

After sanning, you will see all the files are listed. Select "Contacts" and choose the contacts you need to restore after previewing. Click "Recover" to start to restore contacts from iPhone and specify a location on your computer to save the restored iPhone contacts.

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It is highly recommended that you have a regular backup plan for your iPhone. It would be a fire-sure solution to make sure you never lost your data on iPhone. If the tragedy indeed happened, use iPhone Contact Restore to restore iPhone contacts after update for your iPhone 5s/5c/5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and more.

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