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How to Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts

Contacts are important to everyone because you are not one person and you are related to other persons. Especially some people are important to you, such as families, friends, colleagues, teachers, clients, and so on. But when your iPhone was stolen, or lost the contacts of iPhone due to no backup, what can you do for retrieving the lost contacts?
iPhone Data Recovery can recover the lost or deleted contacts in easy ways. Besides recovering contacts from iTunes backups or iCloud, iPhone Data Recovery can also help to scan and retrieve contacts directly from your iPhone 6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus/5s/5c/5/4s/4/3GS, if you didn't lose your iPhone. Let's check detailed steps with the Windows version of iPhone Data Recovery.

Tutorial 1: Scan and Extract iTunes Backup to Recover iPhone Contacts

This iPhone data recovery program enables you to recover contacts on iPhone from the backup files on iTunes, no matter you are using iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, or iPhone 3GS, or you just lost it. iPhone Data Recovery can help to find the contacts back on your computer. Besides contacts, it also can help to find back your previous SMS, Notes, Calendar, Call History, as well as lost photos and videos, etc.

Step 1.

Scan the Backup File

No matter you just lost your iPhone or you still hold it in your hand, don't connect or sync it with iTunes after when you lost your contacts, to prevent the backup file from being updated and replaced by the contacts on your iPhone now. If you have synced different iDevices with iTunes before, there will be more than one backup files. Choose the one for your iPhone and click “Start Scan”. scan itunes backup file

Step 2.

Recover iPhone Contacts

The scan only takes you a few seconds. All the contents from the backup file will be displayed in details. You can read the content right now, no matter from the Contacts, but also from the Messages, Call History, Notes, and you also can preview the photos, videos contained on your iPhone. To recover the contacts, check the box in front of the Contacts and click the "Recover" button, then you can save the content on your computer. You also can recover the other data, if you have a need.
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Tutorial 2: Directly Scan and Recover Contacts from iPhone (with iPhone 6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus/5s/5c/5/4s/4/3GS)

Step 1.

Connect Your iPhone to Computer

Connect your iPhone to the computer and run the iPhone Data Recovery to your computer, then an interface as follow will appear. If you are iPhone 4/3GS users, please use advanced scanning mode by hitting "Advanced Mode" in the main window.
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Step 2.

Preview and Recover iPhone Contacts

After the scan, you can preview all found data before recovery. Choose "Contacts" to preview, mark it and click "Recover", you can save all the contents on your computer with one click.
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Note: Data found here includes deleted data and those still on your iPhone. If you only want back your deleted ones, you can refine the scan result by using the slide button at bottom to only display deleted items.

Tutorial 3: How to Restore iPhone Contacts from iCloud

If you’ve backed up your iPhone with iCloud, you can restore deleted iPhone contacts with iPhone Data Recovery. Firstly you need to login in iCloud account, then choose a suitable iCloud backup to download. Next, you can preview and recover iPhone contacts.
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choose icloud backup

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How iTunes Backs up Your iPhone Contacts

As an iPhone user, who tends to manage the content of iPhone with iTunes, must know that iTunes backs up everything of your iPhone first when you sync with it. This will be the warmest thing when you lost your contacts from iPhone. The bad point is that the backup file is not regular file type, but a SQlitedb file, which is not allowed to preview, even access. Sometimes it's encrypted, just for private safe.


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