How to Restore iPhone Contacts Only (iOS 12 supported)

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Well, I am sure that everyone of us has faced this problem every once a while. I mean you may lost some contacts for various reasons like accidental deletion or updating iOS system.We know they are included in iTunes or iCloud backup, however we don't want to restore them for only some contacts. This is time-consuming and the other existing data on your iPhone will be erased. Does any of this ring a bell? If your answer is "Yes", then please keep reading. Let us see what the best solution to our problem is now, shall we?

First of all, it is important that you stop using the iPhone as soon as you discover the contacts are missing. This is the only way to prevent overwriting the missing contacts and losing them completely. Then you will need an efficient recovery tool to recover the data, as well as a backup and restore tool. This article will offer you the comprehensive solutions that can aid you in the recovery of your missing contacts and the contacts restoration from iTunes/iCloud backup. Read on to find out what it is.

The Best Way to Recover your Missing Contacts (iOS 11/12 Supported)

If you want to recover just the missing contacts, restoring the device with an iCloud or iTunes backup is not the answer. Instead, you need a solution like iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery for Win or iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery for Mac, a data recovery program that will get into your device, an iTunes backup or an iCloud backup and retrieve just the data you need, nothing more. The following are some of its features.

  • It can be used to recover up to 22 different types of files including contacts, messages, call logs, videos, photos and many more.
  • It is very easy to use, with a clean, intuitive user interface.
  • It can be used to recover data directly from an iOS device, an iCloud backup file or an iTunes Backup file to your computer.
  • Its preview function makes it very easy for you to selectively recover data.

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Recovering lost iPhone data has never been so simple. Whether you need to restore messages, call history, contacts, photos or even data from third-party apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, and Kik, the whole point of iMyFone D-Back is to make the process as straightforward as possible.

1 Recover Only Deleted iPhone Contacts to Computer

Now let's get down to recover deleted iPhone contacts only. First, you need to download the iMyFone D-Back from the official website.

Step 1: After downloading and installation you have to launch the iMyFone D-Back. On the Recover from iOS Device tab, you need to click on the Start button. Now you have to connect your device with the computer. Once it is recognized by the computer, click Next option to continue. Then you will have the options of what files you want to recover. Select only Contact and deselect any other option if they are checked. And then click on the Scan button.

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Step 2: After scanning, iMyFone D-Back will list all your lost contacts for your preview.

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Step 3: And then, choose the lost contacts on your iPhone and just click on "Recover" to choose one location as the path of the backup files.

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If you want to restore only your iPhone contacts to your device without data loss, the iMyFone iTransor backup and restore tool is highly recommended. Unlike iTunes or iCloud, your current contacts and other data will not be affected by restoring, because there is a merge option for you to choose. Fine more details below.

2 Restore iPhone Contacts Only via iTunes/iCloud Backup back to iPhone

Follow these simple steps to restore the contacts only from an iTunes/iCloud Backup file back to iPhone.

Step 1: From the main menu, select "Restore Backup to Device" and all the backup files will be listed here. Then choose the relevant one which may contain the contacts you need to continue.


Step 2: Choose "Restore Partial Backup" to only restore iPhone contacts.


Step 3: On the next screen, you need tick the contact data type and then connect your device to computer. At the bottom right corner, there are two options for you. Choose one you want to proceed.


Step 4: If you choose to restore directly, you will see the following picture. Of course, you can also choose to preview first as you wish.


Step 5: Read the on-screen notes carefully and then make your decision to merge or replace your current contacts. After the restoration, you can view them on your device.


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