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How to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone

One of the scariest things that can happen – when you try to change iPhones, sync contacts or sync programs to the cloud or 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 iPhone device.
Things have become relatively easy with iCloud but if you're old school, you'll find iTunes to be a good solution even today. As long as you've got a backup of your contacts somewhere, you can restore it on your iPhone and reclaim deleted contacts easily.

We will now discuss how to get contacts from the backup file. You need an iPhone contacts recovery tool, and you can have my recommendation here: iOS Data Recovery or iOS Data Recovery (Mac). Besides recovering contacts from iTunes backups, iCloud backups and Address Book, both of the software can also help to scan and retrieve contacts directly from your iPhone 5s/5c/5, if you didn't lose your iPhone.

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Supported devices: iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini, iPad with Retina display, The new iPad, iPad 2, iPad 1, iPod touch 5, iPod touch 4

Part 1: Directly Scan and Recover Contacts from iPhone 5s/5c/5

Step 1 Connect your iPhone and Scan it
Download iPhone Data Recovery on your computer, install it, and launch it to continue recovering your iPhone data. You will be asked to connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable. If you use iPhone 5s/5c/5/4S, you will see the main window as follows.
Click "Start Scan" button on the lower corner of the interface. Then, the program will automatically scan all your iPhone data.

Restore iPhone Contacts
Note: If you use iPhone 4/3GS, you should enter the scanning mode first.

Recover iPhone Contacts
Step 2 Preview and Recover iPhone Contacts
When the scanning progress finished, you can preview them one by one before recovering. Choose "Contacts" to preview, mark down the data that you want to get back to your iPhone, and then click "Recover" to extract all that you want.

Recover Contacts from iPhone
Note: Make sure that your iPhone is well connected to the computer, otherwise, the recovering will fail and your iPhone data may get lost because of it.

Part 2: Recover iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup

If you want to recover your iPhone lost data from iTunes backup file, you should make sure that you have ever do iTunes backup with your iPhone before.

Restoring the entire backup from iTunes
If you want to recover your iPhone lost data from iTunes backup file, you should make sure that you have ever do iTunes backup with your iPhone before.
Restoring the entire backup from iTunes
Disable auto sync first to prevent your iPhone from syncing automatically:
For Windows users: Run iTunes < Edit < Preferences... < Devices.
For Mac users: Run iTunes < Preferences... < Devices
Then connect your iPhone to the computer with USB cable. Go to the "Devices" again, choose the backup file of your iPhone 5s and click on the "Recover" button. When the restore completes, your iPhone will restart and all the contacts in the backup are on your iPhone now.

Selectively recovering iPhone contacts from iTunes backup
Step 1 Scan the Backup File
If you have do iTunes backup with other iDevices before, you will see more than one iTunes backup file. Click "Recover from iTunes Backup File" < choose the one for your iPhone < click "Start Scan".

Restore Contacts from iTunes
Note: Please don't do any backup or sync any things once you find that your iPhone data like contacts, to prevent the backup file from being updated and replaced by the contacts on your iPhone now.

Step 2 Recover your iPhone Contacts
The scanning progress will last you a few seconds. You can see all your iPhone data scanned out and listed in categories. Choose the files that you want to restore your iPhone contacts from and click "Recover" to save the lost contacts on your computer.

Retrieve Contacts from iTunes Backup
Note: The data found here includes deleted data and those still on your iPhone. If you only want back your lost ones, you can choose "Only display the deleted iPhone data". Besides contacts, iPhone Data Recovery can also help you recover your previous SMS, call history, notes, calendar, photos, videos, bookmarks, and so on.
Download the trial version below for free to have a try first.

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Part 3: Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts from iCloud Backup

To recover iPhone data with iCloud backup file, you need to make sure that you have do iCloud backup before. There are two ways for you to recover contacts from your iCloud backup: Merge it to your iPhone and to restore it to your iPhone.
To Merge iCloud Contacts on your iPhone
To merge iCloud contacts on your iPhone 5s, you should go to Settings < iCloud. Log in to your Apple ID and sign in your iCloud. Then, choose "Merge" on the pop-up message. Then all contacts in the iCloud backup are back to your iPhone.
Restore iCloud backup to your iPhone
In this way, you need to set your iPhone as a new device:
Go to "Settings < General < Reset < Erase All Content and Settings", and then choose Erase iPhone on the pop-up message. When it restarts, you can select "to Restore from iCloud Backup".

Recover Contacts from iCloud Backup
Done! You can refer to the above steps to retrieve your iPhone from iTunes or iCloud.

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