Contacts are a vital part of your iPhone’s operation. Without them, it would be very difficult to keep track of all the people you call, email or send text messages to. That’s why we take the time to meticulously organize the contacts so we can easily find the person we want to communicate with at any given moment.
But like every other type of data on the device, these are also quite susceptible to data loss and it is not uncommon to wake up one day to find all your contacts have disappeared. The reason for this kind of loss can be varied and include anything from accidental deletion to a broken device. There are also a variety of ways you can get these deleted contacts back and this article will share with you some of the most effective.
Get Only Contacts from iTunes Backup on iPhone
If you have an iTunes or iCloud backup of the contacts, you can use a third-party tool like iMyFone iTransor to get the contacts back to iPhone. This backup and restore tool is ideal when you need to restore only contacts, SMS, WhatsApp or WeChat from your iTunes, iCloud backups or backups you made with iTransor. To use it to restore your missing contacts, follow these very simple steps:
Step 1: Install the trial version of iTransor on your computer and then launch the program.
Step 2: In the main window, click on “Restore Backup to Device”Tab. You can choose an iTunes backup from the backup list which consists all the backup files located on your computer.
Step 3: In the next screen, choose "Restore Partial Backup" and then the type of data you want to restore in this case “Contacts” and make sure that the device is connected to the computer. Choose either “Preview & Restore” or “Directly Restore.”
Step 4: If you choose “Preview & Restore” take the time to preview the contacts you want to restore. If you chose “Directly Restore” click “Restore” to continue.
Step 5: Choose if you want to “Merge” or “Replace” the new contacts with any corresponding ones on the device.
The only shortcoming of using iTransor to restore your contacts is that the program is not free.
Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup
The 2nd credible way to get your contacts back is to restore an iTunes backup that contains the missing contacts. Here’s how to restore an iTunes backup:
Step 1: Launch iTunes on your computer and connect the iPhone to the device using USB cables.
Step 2: Select the iPhone when it appears in iTunes and then click on “Restore Backup.”
Step 3: Select the most relevant backup and then click “Restore.” Wait for the process to finish. You may be required to enter your password if the backup you selected was encrypted.
This method has two main shortcomings. One of the most troublesome ones is that all the data on the device will be replaced by the data in the backup. This means that there is a chance that you will lose some of the more recent data on the device. This process can also take a long time.
Get Contacts from iCloud on Your iPhone
You can also choose to simply restore the contacts from iCloud backup on your iPhone. The following is a step by step guide to show you how;
Step 1: Go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud
Step 2: Turn Contacts off and select “Keep on my iPhone” when prompted.
Step 3: Wait a few minutes and then turn contacts on again and choose “Merge.”
Get Back Contacts on iPhone Using iCloud.com
You can also use iCoud.com to restore the contacts back on to the device. Here’s how to do it;
Step 1: Go to http://icloud.com/ and sign in.
Step 2: Click on the Settings icon and scroll down to find “Advanced” and then click on “Restore Contacts.”
Step 3: You should see a list of contacts archives. Find the one that is likely to contain the missing contacts and then click “Restore.”
Step 4: Click “Restore” again to confirm and the process will begin. The contacts on the device may be replaced by the contacts in iCloud.