Recovering deleted iCloud contacts from an iCloud backup.

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Last Modified: Feb 28, 2013 2:34 PM

Navigate to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all contents and settings on the device you want to restore.

When this completes and the Set-Up Assistant starts, choose "Restore from iCloud Backup" and enter your iCloud account and password. You will see the three most recent backups for each of the devices on which you enabled Backup. Choose which backup to restore from.


The difficulty in restoring iCloud data from a back up is that the back up is older than the current version on iCloud and anything that is restored gets removed again when an iCloud sync occurs.

    1.    Ensure the device is connected to your local network.

    2.    Start the restore from iCloud back up.

    3.    Allow the devices settings to restore (watch for the confirmation of completion).

    4.    As the apps begin to restore pull the connection to your router WAN port (the one that goes to the telephone point).

    5.    Wait for the time out confirmation.

    6.    Navigate to settings > iCloud and turn off contact syncing (keep contacts when prompted).

    7.    Reconnect the router to the internet and let the restore process complete.

    8.    Delete any iCloud contacts from on a computer.

    9.    Navigate to settings > iCloud and turn on contact syncing (merge contacts when prompted).

May I suggest that you carry out a back up to iTunes before you try anything, that way should things become even worse, you can at least restore back to where you are now.