Restore your Contacts on iPhone.
Backing up contacts on your iPhone gives you the option to restore them if you accidentally delete them. Backing up your contact details will also help if you ever lose your iPhone or need to reinstall iOS.
You have three ways to backup and restore contacts on your iPhone. The first and second methods are based on native tools using iCloud and iTunes, while the third method is based on third-party contact backup tools.
Sync and Restore iPhone Contacts via iCloud
The most convenient way to back up contacts on your iPhone is to upload the data to iCloud. This not only syncs your contact details between Apple devices, but you can also retrieve any missing contacts by restoring them from previous archives.
Sync iPhone Contacts to iCloud
You must enable iCloud Contacts to sync your iPhone contact information with Apple servers.
1. Open the Settings app on iPhone.
2. Tap your Apple ID.
3. Tap iCloud.
4. Turn on the switch next to Contacts. If the option is already active, you don’t need to do anything.
5. Click “Merge” to merge contacts on iPhone with any contact data in iCloud.
Recover Deleted Contacts via iCloud.com
Whether you’re reinstalling macOS or setting up a new iPhone from scratch, simply repeat the steps above to redownload your synced contacts to your iOS device. However, if you delete any contacts and want to get them back, you can restore your recent archive of your contact information by submitting a restore request via iCloud.com.
1. Open Safari, Chrome, or another desktop-class web browser on your iPad, Mac, or PC.
2. Visit iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID credentials.
3. Select your name in the upper right corner of the screen and select the “Account Settings” option from the drop-down menu.
4. Scroll down the screen and select Restore Contacts.
Note. You won’t be able to access iCloud.com data recovery options if you’re using a mobile browser on an iOS or Android device.
5. On the Restore Contacts tab, select your contacts archive (use timestamps for reference) and click Restore.
6. Select Restore to confirm.
iCloud will start data recovery on your iPhone. It will also archive a snapshot of your current contacts so you can restore it if you change your mind later.
Sync and Restore Contacts From Mac or PC
If you don’t use an Apple ID or iCloud account, you can sync your contact list with the Contacts app on your Mac or PC. You can then restore contacts to your iPhone if you ever lose them. Catch? You should sync your contacts regularly in order to have an up-to-date copy of your contact information on your computer.
Note. If you’re using a PC, please install iTunes before you start.
Sync iPhone Contacts to Mac or PC
1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC using a USB cable.
2. Unlock iPhone and click “Trust”.
3. Open Finder (Mac) or iTunes (PC).
4. Select your iPhone in the Finder sidebar or in the top left corner of the iTunes window.
5. Click the Information tab.
6. Check the “Sync Contacts to [Your Name] iPhone” checkbox. Then check the radio button next to all groups or select groups (select the groups you want to sync if you chose the last option).
7. Select Synchronize.
8. Wait for Finder/iTunes to finish syncing contacts.
Replacing Lost Contact Information on iPhone
If you want to recover your lost iPhone contacts, just repeat the steps above but scroll down to the “Advanced: Replace information about this device” section in step 6.
Then check the “Replace Contacts” box and select “Synchronize”. This replaces the contacts on your iOS device with the contacts on your computer.
Backup and Restore Contacts Using Third-Party App
Apart from these two methods, you can also use third-party backup tools to archive and restore contacts on iPhone. A quick search in the App Store will turn up a few apps that provide these features, but here are a few suggestions you can try.
Easy Backup is a completely free download that allows you to create a complete copy of your contacts. Just open Easy Backup and select Tap to Backup to start backing up. Then select “Done” or click “Send via Email” or “Export Backup” if you want to share a copy of the contacts as a VCF (vCard) backup file. This way you can make multiple backups of your contact details.
When it’s time to restore your contacts, tap “My Backup History”. Then select a previous backup and select “Restore Contacts” to restore individual or all contacts.
Backing up contacts
Contacts Backup is a great app that allows you to backup all or selected contacts on your iPhone. Open your contacts backup and click “Back Up”. Then choose between “All Contacts” and “Select Contacts” to create a backup.
To restore contacts, go to the Archive tab and select a previous backup. Then select “Open Backup” and click “Contacts” to import the contacts to the Contacts app on iPhone.
Contacts Backup can also automatically back up iPhone contacts, but requires a subscription ($2.99 per month) to the PRO version of the app.
Back In Contact
Activating iCloud contacts is the most convenient way to protect your contacts. However, syncing your contacts to a Mac or PC and using a third-party app to manually create backups are viable alternatives. Choose the method from this guide that suits you best.
You may also want to consider creating a full iCloud or iTunes backup of your iPhone so that you have the ability to restore everything (call history, SMS text messages, etc.) should the need arise.
Restore your Contacts on iPhone
Restore your Contacts on iPhone