How to Recover Deleted Contacts from iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/5c/6/6 Plus

By Andre Cooper on July 5, 2015 17:15:00 PM.

One of the scariest things that can happen – when you try to change iPhones, sync contacts or sync to the cloud/backup – is losing contact details. I’ve found myself – very often – losing a few contacts once in a while when I try to sync, update or just restore my device.

If you encountered such situations and wondered is there any useful methods to get back the contacts from iPhone, just take it easy, since this iPhone tutorial will guide you to recover iPhone contacts with ease step by step.

There is no need to be depressed any more. Fortunately, iPhone Data Recovery can help you to recover your deleted contacts from iPhone, which is an easy-to-use tool to restore your deleted or lost contacts smoothly. There are three main ways to get your lost contacts back.

First, download and have a try the professional iPhone Contact Recovery Software:
iPhone Data Recovery (Win) or iPhone Data Recovery (Mac).

Please Note: Plesae don't use your iPhone until you find those photos, and don't sync your iPhone with iTunes, avoiding iTunes backup being updated.

Solution 1: Recover iPhone contacts by directly scanning iPhone

NOTE: This method applies to iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

Step 1Run the iPhone Contact Recovery and connect your iPhone to PC

If you use iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 or iPhone 4s, click the green “Start Scan” button to let the software to scan the contacts on your device.

Recover contacts from iPhone 6/6s/5s/5/4s

If you use iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS, you may first need to download the plugin for the device by click the blue “Download” button, and when the plugin download finishes, follow the 3-step illustrative guide to enter DFU mode of device:

Recover photo from iPhone 4

1) Hold your device and then click the “Start” button on the software interface;
2) Hold the “Power” and “Home” buttons of your iPhone at the same time for exact 10 seconds;
3) After the 10 seconds, release the “Power” button, but keep holding the “Home” button for another 15 seconds.

When you're told that you've successfully entered the system, the program will automatically scan your iPhone for data on it as follows.

Scanning iPhone to recover deleted iphone contacts

Step 2 Preview and recover deleted iPhone contacts

When the scan finishes. Click the “Contacts” checkbox on the left sidebar to preview all the found contacts on your iPhone. Obviously, switching “Only display the deleted items” on will help you find only the deleted contacts.

Recover lost contacts from iPhone

Tick the contacts that you want to recover and click the “Recover” button in the bottom-right corner. To save the contacts to your computer, please choose “Recover to Computer” in the pop-up; to transfer the recovered contacts back to the iPhone, choose “Recover to Device”.

Recover lost contacts to PC/Device

Solution 2: Recover iPhone Contacts by extracted iTunes Backup

Step 1Choose iTunes backup and scan it

If you have ever synced different iDevices with iTunes before, there will be show you more than one backup files after clicking "Recover from iTunes Backup File". Choose the one for your iPhone and click "Start Scan".

Recover iPhone contacts from iTunes Backup

Step 2 Recover deleted iPhone contacts

When the scan finishes, you are allowed to filter the contacts by “Name”, “Company”, “Phone” number and “Email” in ascending or descending order and preview the contact details on the right sidebar. Tick the contacts that you want to retrieve and then click the blue “Recover” button to save the iPhone contacts to the hard drive of your PC or Mac.

Recover iPhone contacts from iTunes backup

The data extracted from the backup file contains those existing in the backup, and those deleted from your iPhone before you made the backup. You can use the button on the top to separate them: Only display the deleted items.

Solution 3: Extract iPhone contacts from iCloud backup

The same as extracting contacts from iTunes backup, there is no need to connect your iPhone to the computer when extracting contacts from iCloud backup. The iCloud backups will be downloaded to your PC or Mac after the iPhone contacts recovery software gets your authorization to access the iCloud backup files. This method works even if your iPhone was dead, lost or broken. Since there are no needs of iPhone devices, no factory settings restore, no erasing all content and settings, recovering iPhone contacts using this method will do no harm to the original data on your iPhone.

Step 1Install the program and sign your private iCloud account

First of all, run the program and switch to "Recover from iCloud Backup File" option, and input your Apple ID and password to allow the software to access your iCloud backup and retrieve information of backup files.

Recover iPhone Contacts from iCloud Backup

Step 2 Download and export your iCloud backup

After entering the program, you are provided the backup files of your iCloud backup account automatically. Select the one that may contain your lost iPhone photos by clicking "Download" button. Surely, the backup file should be backed up before you lost the contacts. Then click the “Download” button and select the file types (contacts and more) you want to download from the iCloud in the pop-up dialog box to download the backup file from iCloud to your computer.

Download iCloud backup to recover iPhone contacts

Step 3 Preview and restore photos from iCloud

You can take a preview of the data you get after the scanning, such as contacts, photos, messages, notes, videos, etc. Just select “Contacts” subcategory, and all the contacts in the iCloud backup file will be displayed at the center.

Sort the contacts by “Name”, “Company”, “Phone” or “Email” as you wish, and pick out the ones that you want to recover. If you are not so sure about the information of some contact, highlight it, the detailed information (almost anything available, including contact photo, name, company, telephone number, email, URL, address, birthday, notes and more) will be listed on the right sidebar. You can choose any data that you'd like to restore by ticking it.

The data extracted from the backup file contains those existing in the backup, and those deleted from your iPhone before you made the backup. You can use the button on the top to separate them: Only display the deleted items.

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