3 Ways to Recover Contacts from iCloud

It is one of the most reliable backup solutions for Apple device users since it offers a way for users to wirelessly backup their devices. iCloud can be used to create a backup of most of the data on your device including purchased media such as music, movies, TV shows, apps and books, photos and videos in your camera roll, iOS settings, messages including iMessage, MMS and SMS and other data like ringtones and visual voicemail.

But excluded from the backup is data that is purported to be already stored in iCloud. This data includes things like contacts, notes, reminders, calendar, mail messages, app documents and others. So, you may ask; does this mean that if you lose your contacts, you will be unable to restore them?

While that is a valid question, you are not completely unable to recover accidentally deleted notes. In fact, as this article will clearly demonstrate, there are 3 ways you can recover the deleted contacts from iCloud. Let’s begin with the simplest, most effective method.

1 Recover Contacts Using iCloud Data Recovery Tool

If you’re like me and don’t like to spend too much time trying to figure out how to find your missing contacts and would rather get it done quickly and efficiently, then your ultimate solution lies in iMyFone D-Back or iMyFone D-Back for Mac. This iCloud data recovery tool makes it easy for you to get your missing contacts in the shortest time possible, a feature that will come in handy when you need to urgently communicate with someone and find out their contact is missing. Apart from speed and agility, iMyFone D-back offers you the following highly useful features;

  • Recover up to 22 other different types of data, such as photos, messages, notes, contacts, WhatsApp messages and more.
  • Recover contacts including numbers, emails, names, job titles, etc.
  • It is very easy to use. There will be no complicated steps for you to learn.
  • It is compatible with all versions of the iOS system and all iOS devices.

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How to Recover Contacts from iCloud using D-Back

The following step by step guide will demonstrate just how easy it is to recover your missing contacts using iMyFone D-Back. The first thing you want to do before you go to the step one is download the program to your computer and then launch it. Done? Good. Now on to the first step.

Step 1: On the main window in D-Back, click on “Recover from iCloud Backup” and then the “Start” button. The next page will display a number of different data types. Because we want to recover contacts, select “Contact” and then click “Next” to continue.

Recover contacts from iCloud Backup

Step 2: To gain access to your iCloud backup files, the program will require that you log in to iCloud. Don’t worry your log in information is kept confidential and will never be shared. Once you’re logged in, select the latest or most relevant backup from the list and click “Next.”

select the latest or most relevant backup iCloud backup

Step 3: D-Back will begin analyzing the backup file you’ve selected for all contacts. You should see a results page once the process is complete listing all contacts. You can then preview and select the ones you want to recover and click “Recover.” Specify a destination folder in the popup window and you’re done.

preview and select the iCloud contacts

Download the trial version for iMyFone D-Back to give it a try.

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2 Restore Contacts from an iCloud Backup

Another way to get your contacts back is to restore an iCloud backup. Before you do this though, it is important to ensure that you have the latest version of iOS. So, take a moment to go to Settings> General > Software Update to see if there is a newer version. If one is available, install it before restoring the device. Once the software update install is complete, follow these simple steps to restore an iCloud backup.

Step 1: Begin by making sure you have a recent backup. To do this go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage and then tap on the device under Backups to see the date and size of the backup.

Step 2: Now that you are certain you have a backup, you will need to erase the device to get to the set-up screen. Go to Settings > General > Reset and then select “Erase All Contents and Settings.”

Erase All Contents and Settings

Step 3: Follow the prompts on the set-up screen until you get to the “Apps & Data Screen.” Here, select “Restore from iCloud Backup”.

select “Restore from iCloud Backup”

Step 4: Sign in to iCloud and select the latest backup and wait for the restore process to be completed.


3 Download iCloud Contacts from iCloud.com

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of erasing your entire device just to get your contacts back, you can download them from iCloud.com. The whole process is simple and straightforward and relatively easy to do. Here’s how.

Step 1: On any browser go to www.icloud.com and log in to your account.

sign into icloud

Step 2: From the options presented, select “Contacts.”Click on the setting icon (gear icon) at the bottom left and from the drop-down list select, “Export vCard…”

export contacts from icloud

This vCard can then be imported to your device and you’ll have your contacts back.

The next time you lose your contacts, don’t panic! Just use one of the above solutions to get them back.