How to retrieve deleted contacts from your iCloud backup

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by Roxana Penciu

Learn how to retrieve your lost contacts from an iCloud backup

Did you delete an important contact from your list? Or, even worse, all of them? Or perhaps you lost your iPhone and you’re now interested in retrieving your contact list.

Losing contact details is never fun, but we have great news! As long as you have a backup, you can easily retrieve your deleted contacts.

In this article we’ll show you how to restore your lost contacts from an iCloud backup. In case you’d like to use iTunes instead, read this guide on how to recover your contacts from iTunes.

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The best method to retrieve your contacts without losing any other data from your backup is by using the iPhone Backup Extractor. This software is available for both Mac and Windows and lets you retrieve and export different data types from your iCloud backups, including contacts.

Note: do not restore the full backup to your iPhone, as you risk losing all the data created after the moment that iCloud backup was made. This means you could lose photos, texts, notes and other data that wasn’t on your iPhone at the moment the backup was saved.

As long as you have available an iCloud backup made prior to the moment you lost your contacts, retrieving your contacts from an iCloud backup with the help of iPhone Backup Extractor is really simple. Here are the steps you need to take:

How to retrieve deleted or lost iPhone contacts and restore them back on your iPhone

1. Download and install the iPhone Backup Extractor for Mac OS X or Windows PC

We recommend you activate the Premium license to unlock all limitations and enjoy full access to your iCloud backup data. Please note that the Lite and Basic licenses will only let you see your available iCloud backup, its size and date, but not the actual data.

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2. Download iCloud backup data

Go to Preferences by clicking on the bottom left "Add backups" button on Windows or the “+” on Mac OS X.

Sign in to iCloud: Click Preferences > iCloud > Access iCloud backups for iOS 9 and above. You’ll need your iCloud username and password.

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Note that Apple usually does iCloud backups of your iDevice data if connected over Wi-Fi, to the Internet, plugged into a power source or locked. Therefore, in order to avoid any data clashes, make sure none of these cases apply to your iPhone while retrieving your contacts.

Click on the left pane "Devices" list and select the iCloud backup corresponding to the device you want to retrieve data from. You will then be given 3 tab options of exploring your iCloud data: Categories, Individual Files and Full Backup.

If you wish to extract only "Contacts" then we recommend you use "Categories" and click "Download".

3. Extract contacts to your PC

Once your iCloud backup is loaded, go to the "Overview" pane and click on the blue link next to "Contacts".

Retrieve contacts overview

Select the location where you want to export your contacts and boom! The iPhone Backup Extractor will save you contacts in both CSV (file called Contacts.csv) and VCF formats (individual VCards for every contact and the complete Contacts.vcf file).

File types contacts iCloud

4. Restore contacts to iPhone

Once you have the Contacts.VCF file on your computer, you can email it to yourself. On your iPhone, open the email and tap on the attachment. Click on "Add Contacts" button. You will be asked if you’d like to create new contacts or merge them with what you already have in your list. Once imported, you should now have all your contacts back on your iPhone.

iPhone import deleted contacts

If you hit any bumps in the road or have any questions just let us know, our support team is eager to help you.

You can read more on the newest added features of iPhone Backup Extractor, as well as the detailed steps in recovering data through iCloud backup download.

Aside contacts, we offer support for photos, messages, notes, videos, retrieve restrictions passcode and much more on iOS data recovery. On messaging app data extraction, we currently support WhatsApp, Kik, Viber, Hike, Line and WeChat.

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