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Four Ways to Restore Contacts on iPhone

"I have lost some contacts on my iPhone 6. I remember that I made a backup on computer, but is there anybody tell me how to recover the lost/deleted contacts from iCloud? Thanks!" - Lucy

"Do you have any idea to restore contacts to new iPhone? I saved them on my Windows computer and now I want to export them to my new iPhone 6s Plus, is there any convenient way?" - Stephen

How to Restore Contacts on iPhone

It is a pity that you lost your iPhone contacts or deleted them by accident. We all know that the contact is the most important part in our phone. If you are an iPhone user and you have made backup files on computer, it will be a nice thing at least. And if you change your iPhone and want to restore previous contacts to your new iPhone, you can restore lost/deleted/old iPhone contacts from backup files with iCloud, iTunes or a third-party app. In the following article, we will introduce the four ways on how to restore contacts on iPhone from backup in detail.

Part 1. Restore iPhone contacts from iCloud backup

If you have backed up iPhone contacts to iCloud, you can use this method to restore your deleted contacts on iPhone.

Restore Contacts on iPhone with iCloud

Step 1 Just go to "Setting" > "iCloud", and tap "Contacts".

Step 2 If it's already on, turn it off and choose "Keep on My iPhone" when asked to deal with the existing contacts on your iPhone. Then choose "Merge".

Step 3 Last, go to your contacts app to find your deleted/lost contacts as long as you made backups before you delete or lose your iPhone contacts.

Part 2. How to restore contacts on iPhone with iTunes backup files

Restoring iPhone contacts from a previous backup created in iTunes will be selectable. Launch iTunes on your PC or Mac, and then connect your iPhone with computer via USB cable. When you see your iPhone icon on the left top, tap it and choose "Restore Backup…" in the main window.

Restore contacts on iPhone with iTunes

Note: Getting back iPhone contacts from iTunes does not restore only contacts on iPhone, but it will retrieve everything on iPhone, which is time-consuming. Also, iTunes will overwrite your iPhone data.

Part 3. How to restore contacts on iPhone with iOS Transfer

Compared with iTunes and iCloud, the iOS Transfer can be probably considered as the safe and hassle-free method. You can easily take this contacts extractor as a useful helper to restore contacts to your iPhone. If you are the Apple follower, your colorful life definitely needs the software, because you may need to transfer music from iPhone to another, transfer video from iPhone to iPad, or something else. This iPhone Exporting Software can achieve your requirement with ease.

Next, we will show you how to restore your contacts to iPhone X/8 Plus/8/7 Plus/7/SE/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5s from backup files with the iPhone contact transfer.

Steps for restoring iPhone contacts

Step 1 Download and install the iOS Transfer on your computer.

Step 2 Launch this software on your computer. You will find the following interface before re-downloading contacts to iPhone.

Launch this software

Step 3 Connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable. If this is the first time to connect your iPhone and computer, please make sure to tap "Trust" when the prompt message shows on your iPhone.

Connect your iPhone to computer

Step 4 Seconds later, all the files including contacts in your iPhone will be scanned out and listed under different categories on the left part of this software. Click "Contacts" to get all your contacts.

Scan Data

Step 5 On the top of the program, click "Import/Export" and choose the backup file on your computer to load contacts to iPhone. Or you can choose Backup/Restore to restore your iPhone contacts from computer.


6. Wait for seconds, and the contacts that have been backed up in your local disc will be imported to your iPhone.

Part 4. How to recover deleted/lost contacts on iPhone

Here is iPhone Data Recovery to help you restore your iPhone contacts from iTunes/iCloud backup files. As the picture below, there are three modes that you can choose, "Recover from iOS Device", "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and "Recover from iCloud Backup File".

iPhone Recovering Software

You can select "Recover from iTunes Backup File" or "Recover from icloud Backup File" by logging in your iCloud account. Then follow the video guide to finish your iPhone contacts recovering. If you have no backup and want to recover your deleted/lost iPhone contacts, it is a better choice for you to choose "Recover from iOS device", and you can recover all existing/deleted/lost contacts on iPhone with this mode even if there is no iCloud or iTunes backup.

By now, four ways have been introduced for you to restore iPhone contacts from backup files. You can choose one of them to retrieve your contacts on iPhone.

You can learn the steps from the video below:

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December 11, 2020 07:12 / Updated by to Data Backup

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