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How To Restore Contacts On iPhone

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Gabriel Hammond

April 13, 2016 (Updated: May 30, 2016)• Filed to: iPhone Data Recovery

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“Help I have lost all my contacts after uploading to new iOS system”

I am the type of person who like to keep up to date with technologies racing pace. When the new iPhone comes out I want to have it and if there is a new iOS system I upgrade to it as soon as I can. However I have just upgraded and lost all my contacts . This is a serious predicament as a phone these days is no longer just for making and receiving calls it is an essential tool for communicating with people and if you lose your phone you feel like you have been transported to the stone age.

Luckily after frantically searching the internet it turns out I am not the only one who has had this problem and there are three ways to get you back on track.

Method 1: Restore contacts on iPhone from iCloud backup

Step 1: Restoring contacts on iPhone is relatively painless you just follow the steps below.

Step 2: Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on iCloud.

Step 3: Turn On Contacts option in iCloud settings— if it's already on, turn it off and back on again to re-download the contacts.

Step 4: Choose Delete if you are asked how to deal with the current contacts.

Step 5: Then choose Merge option in the next interface.

Step 6: Check your contacts in the contact app.

These steps show that restoring contacts on iCloud is incredibly user friendly another advantage is you can use iCloud to keep all your contacts stored securely and it is compatible with your other devices such as iPad or iMac. However a bit of internet research has shown that you are not able to choose which contacts you want to keep or discard and have to merge the contacts with previous data. Additionally recently there has been privacy issues with the iCloud , where iCloud leaked private details of many celebrities therefore if you value your privacy this this could be a risk.

Method 2: Restore iPhone contacts using iTunes backup

Step 1: Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone/iPad/iPod to the computer.

Step 2: Right-click your iPhone, iPad, iPod under the Devices list and click "Restore Backup".

Step 3: Select the latest backup entry appearing under the most recent date and click "Restore".

The main difference between the iCloud and iTunes is that iTunes stores backups on a device such as a Mac or PC and is not on the cloud. Again the steps to restore contacts are painless and this is a good way for securing contacts if you lose your phone and need to update a new phone. This disadvantage is that for someone like me who likes to travel I don’t need to have to be anchored to my PC and like to travel light. For someone like me I need a third party system that is secure and caters to my mobile needs.

Method 3: Restore iPhone contacts with/without Backup using iMyfone D-Back

iMyfone is a new company on the market that offers iMyfone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery or iPhone Data Recovery Mac is an efficient iPhone data recovery software to rescue and select your lost data under various tough circumstances. It allows you to restore your contacts, photosmessagesvoice memoSafari historyWhatsapp messages and other files using either the iCloud, iTunes or directly from iOS device and is 100% secure with all storage encrypted. Check the main features of iMyfone D-Back:

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The Best iPhone Data Recovery Tool

  • Supports to recover 22+ file formates such as contacts, photos, videos, notes, messages and more;
  • 4 Recovery modes: Recover from iTunes backup, recover from iCloud backup, recover from iOS device and smart recovery;
  • Supports to preview the recoverable data before recovery;
  • Recover data is tailored to the circumstances in losing your data from factory reset to virus.

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Steps to Restore Contacts on iPhone

1 Select Recovery Modes

To restore iPhone contacts using iMyfone D-Back download the program onto your PC or Mac. Once downloaded, select the recovery mode you want: Recover from iOS device, Recover from iTunes Backup, Recover from iCloud Backup or Smart Recovery.

Note: If you haven't made any backup before, please choose Recover from iOS Device and make sure that the data hasn't been overwritten. If you are sure the contacts you want is in your previous iTunes Backup or iCloud Backup, just select Recover from iTunes Backup or Recover from iCloud Backup mode.

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2 Select the Lost Files

Then select files you want to recover this covers a wide range of files from text, images and most importantly contacts.

Note: if you choose Smart Recovery Mode, The window will ask you to select how you lost the data, this is a unique feature of iMyfone D-Back, in that the programme tailors the data recovery to your situation as opposed to just having one method for to solve several problems.

Select the Lost Files

3 Scan your device or your Backup files

Once this has been done iMyfone D-Back will scan your phone using a unique recovery method tailored to your situation. Click the start button to start scanning. If you choose recover from Backup file, this tool will let you download and scann the backup file from iTunes or iCloud.

Scan your device or your Backup files

4 Preview and recover contacts

Once this has been completed you can preview and recover the contacts optionaly.

Preview and recover contacts

iMyfone D-Back or iMyfone D-Back for Mac is a service which tailors your recovery needs to with the best methods to recover that data. This is backed up with available customer support to calm you down and restore deleted contacts on iphone.

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