Currently Being ModeratedApr 8, 2012 3:46 AM (in response to JohnSpeed)
If you backed your contacts up, and have been syncing them regularly with a contact manager on your computer, or iCloud as designed, you can restore the contacts or sync them back from the contacts in the contact manager on your computer,
Currently Being ModeratedApr 8, 2012 3:51 AM (in response to Julian Wright)
I'm doing everything through iTunes, don't use a contact manager. iCloud was installed as part of the update but it fails to verify. I have tried verifying manually through the website but don't recieve any email from apple. If i restore my iphone using the option in iTunes will this put everything back to how it was? including contacts, apps, messages, app arrangements etc. I'd rather be on iOs 4 with all my contacts than on iOs 5 and trying to fiddle everything around.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 8, 2012 4:48 AM (in response to JohnSpeed)
I'm doing everything through iTunes, don't use a contact manager.
But as iTunes doesn't give you access to your contacts, how do you view a phone number, address or email address on your computer? And how do you backup your contact data from your computer?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 8, 2012 11:30 AM (in response to Julian Wright)
I store my numbers in my iphone because its a telephone and my email adresses in outlook because its an email program. I rang Apple, tried multiple solutions including using an old computer with an old backup of over 1 year ago. I restored that and still I have no contact details. No idea what to do lost 300+ contacts spend all day trying to get them back!
Currently Being ModeratedApr 8, 2012 12:08 PM (in response to KiltedTim)
Yea I guess that now. It would be nice to have known this prior to doing an update. Apple's self help guides do quote that the contact information is contained within a backup:
Backed-up information includes purchased music, TV shows, apps, and books*; photos and video in the Camera Roll; device settings (for example, Phone Favorites, Wallpaper, and Mail, Contacts, Calendar accounts); app data; Home screen and app organization; Messages (iMessage, SMS, and MMS), ringtones, and more. Media files synced from your computer aren’t backed up, but can be restored by syncing with iTunes.""
It also seems crazy that the backup would store recent calls i.e. the numbers but not the names they are linked too. Oh well I hope Apple either edit the above clause or make an easier way of backing up contacts to itunes. I don't want the numbers on my phone to be merged on my email program!
Currently Being ModeratedApr 8, 2012 12:11 PM (in response to JohnSpeed)
I store my numbers in my iphone because its a telephone and my email adresses in outlook because its an email program.
Mmm.. Sarcasm. Such a great quality in a human being, but since that's the level of conversation that appeals to you...
Of course, you're right - who would ever just maintain a single contact database containing all their contacts information and then sync it to their phone as designed? I mean, people only ever use phone numbers on a telephone - and people only ever email from Outlook on their computer, right? It's not like the iPhone can send emails and give you access to your contacts postal addresses, birthdays, web addresses, twitter, facebook, Skype, Instant Messaging etc. when not at your computer, is it?
And of course, who bothers to backup all these phone numbers that are only stored on their phone, because phones never break, get lost or stolen, and things never go wrong during updates, so there's absolutely no chance that they'd ever lose them.... Oh, hang on...