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How to Restore Only Contacts from iPhone Backup to iPhone 8

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Francisco Spearman

September 5, 2017 (Updated: July 15, 2020)• Filed to: Backup & Restore iPhone

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Did you lose some of the contacts on your iPhone? It can be quite a problem especially when the contact information that has been lost is important. Having a backup of the contacts on iCloud or iTunes certainly helps since you can just get them back by restoring the backup. But what do you do when you just need to restore only the contacts. It can happen that you have newer data on the device that may be overwritten if you decide to restore the backup.

This is the main shortcoming of an iCloud or iTunes backup; you can’t actually gain access to the specific data on the backup file. You can only restore the entire backup; there is no option for the restoration of a section of the backup file. For this reason, it is important to find a solution that can allow you to restore just your missing contacts. Read on to find out how to restore only contacts from iPhone backup to iPhone 8.

Restore Only Contacts from iTunes/iCloud Backup to iPhone 8

If you have searched all the backup and restore tools in the market, you will find that there is only one allowing you to only restore the missing contacts. This tool is iMyFone iTransor, also known as D-Port Pro by previous users, a tool that grants the user control over their backup and restore processes to the extent that you can backup and restore only a section of your data. Some of its other features include the following.

Features of iMyFone iTransor

  • Backing up iOS devices selectively or completely.
  • Previewing and retoring backups to either merge backup with iPhone data or replace iPhone data with backup.
  • Restoring backups as a whole or selectively (Contacts, Messages, WhatsApp and WeChat), it's all up to you.
  • Previewing and exporting your data from backups or directly from iOS devices.

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How to Restore Contacts from iTunes/iCloud Backup to iPhone 8

If you have an iTunes backup of the contacts, here’s how to restore just the contacts from that backup file. Before we begin, ensure that you install the program to the computer you use to sync with iTunes and then follow these simple steps.

Step 1. Run the iTransor software, click the Restore Backup to Device tab on the bottom left of the screen, select a backup file you want to restore from the backup list that follows, and click Next.

select a backup

Step 2. Choose how you want to restore the selected backup file on the next screen. This time we choose Restore Partial Backup.

restore partial backup

Step 3. Connect your device to the computer, choose what you want to restore from backup (Contacts, Messages, WhatsApp and WeChat), and Click Preview & Restore to continue.

preview and restore

Step 4. After data scanning, you will also preview the backup details before restore. After previewing, click Restore, and you will be notified to choose how you want to deal with the data in the backup and the device. Make sure you read the notes down below before you make a choice.

merge and replace data

Step 5. After the restoring process, you can view the restored data on your device.

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