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Restore iPhone 4 Contacts?

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jsl2 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Dec 1, 2010 10:13 AM
I recently purchased my wife a new iPhone 4. We backed up her 3G and started the iPhone 4 by restore all her programs, data, etc. from that. Worked fine. However, a day or two ago her phone went completely dead. We reset it and it came back on, seeming to be working fine. However, today she noticed that virtually all her contacts are gone (not 100%, maybe the few remaining are on her sim card or something?). In any event, everything else seems fine and I want to know the best way to restore just her contacts. My first thought was mobile me, since we sync her phone to mobile me. However, that now has the small contact list as well (apparently it already sync'd with the lost contact list on the iPhone). Can we restore just the contacts from iTunes? How many backup versions does it keep? Does mobile me keep a backup archive. The most recent, prior to the erasing, contact list would be ideal. I don't want the phone to sync with iTunes and lose the backup. Thanks.
iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • sn4p2k Level 4 Level 4 (1,215 points)
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    Dec 1, 2010 11:09 AM (in response to jsl2)
    if you have the contacts on your computer you can sync your contacts in but it might delete them on the computer as well.. as far as the backups go you cant just restore contacts its all or nothing with the backups
    macbook pro 17 inch - iPhone 4, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Garydp Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Dec 1, 2010 5:44 PM (in response to jsl2)
    once you have put them back on the iphone download idrive. backup your contacts you can view them online too. then if you ever have to restore your iphone or get a new one just download the app and you can restore your contacts.
    Acer, Windows 7
  • Garydp Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Dec 1, 2010 7:22 PM (in response to jsl2)
    yeah it is, once you have all contacts back on your iphone you just press backup and it does it.
    Acer, Windows 7
  • jodieyilli Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Aug 27, 2013 5:29 AM (in response to jsl2)

    If you have ever had you iPhone sync with iTunes, then you can get all the contacts that you had the last time you had it synced. Just connect it to iTunes and click on the summary tab. Then choose restore.


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  • Cathy.P Calculating status...
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    Aug 27, 2013 5:38 AM (in response to jsl2)

    Hi, several things:


    You cannot restore just the contacts, from your iTunes backup. You need to restore everything, if you want to restore anything. To find out how to restore, check this:



    It's always recommended to keep a written record of your most important contacts.




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  • Michaletonny Calculating status...
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    Aug 27, 2013 5:19 AM (in response to jsl2)

    Try to do via iCloud:
    settings>iCloud>check to see if your signed in or have contacts on, if you do then turn off contacts, keep on phone, turn back on, merge and your contacts should show up again.


    Hopefully this works for all of you like it just worked for me!


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  • ellenjune Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 15, 2013 8:15 AM (in response to jsl2)

    iTunes will backup everything on the iPhone, including contacts.

    In iTunes, with the iPhone selected on the left, click the Info tab and make sure contacts syncing is enabled.


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  • Babingtow Calculating status...
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    Feb 9, 2014 10:56 PM (in response to jsl2)

    If you have backup before you can restore iPhone contacts from iTunes backup files


    Tips: If you have backed up your iPhone through iTunes after saving the contacts on your iPhone before syncing it, then you can use iTunes to restore lost contacts. Please follow next use guide:


    Step 1 – Choose an iTunes backup file of your device to scan, and click Scan. The process will extract the content from your phone backup file.


    Step 2 – After scan iPhone backup data from iTunes, the screen will display the entire backup content extracted. Find your contacts and click "Recover to recover deleted contacts on iPhone".


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