How to Restore iPhone iPad Contacts from iTunes (Backup)

How to restore contacts from iTunes? No matter you want to restore iPhone contacts, or iPad contacts, in this guide we will offer you an easy & quick way to extract contacts from iTunes without restoring iPhone or iPad.

By Joy Taylor | Posted on: Nov. 26, 2018, Last Updated: Dec. 12, 2018

This Post aims at solving the problem how to restore contacts from iTunes backup. If you are suffering from the problems like iPhone contacts missing, iPhone contacts disappeared, etc. you can directly visit this guide to fix them: How to Fix iPhone Contacts Disappeared >

While if you plan to retrieve contacts from iCloud backup, you can follow this guide: How to Restore Contacts from iCloud Selectively >

Owing to I have lost all my contacts after update to iOS 12.1, so I want to know can I get my contacts on my old iTunes backup. If possible, please send me a detailed guide to operate.

Contacts on iPhone can disappear for many reasons, such as, mistaken deletion, iOS upgrade, device crash or damage, etc. It is relatively easy to restore contacts with iCloud. However, if you don’t rely on iCloud and have got backups of your iPhone with iTunes, it is also possible to restore iPhone contacts. But you should know that iTunes won’t allow you to restore ONLY contacts from the backup and it will wipe the existing data on your iPhone.

What if you want to restore JUST contacts from the backup? In this guide, we will show you how to restore only contacts from iTunes backup without wipe any current data on your iPhone. Absolutely, we will also offer you the tutorial about how to restore contacts from iTunes backup in traditional way. Let’s get it started!

PhoneRescue – iTunes Backup Extractor

As the #1 iTunes backup extractor, PhoneRescue for iOS can help you extract only contacts from your iTunes backup. Just Free Download it on your computer firstly, and then restore contacts from your iTunes backup by following the tutorial below.

Method 1. How to Restore ONLY Contacts from iTunes Backup without Erasing

To restore only contacts from iTunes backup, you have to take advantage of some powerful iTunes backup extraction tool. And here we highly recommend PhoneRescue for iOS, which can compensate for the limitations of iTunes.

  1. Don’t need to erase anything on your iPhone before restoring. All your previous data will be kept 100% secure.
  2. Allow you to restore only contacts from iTunes backup.
  3. Enable you to preview the iTunes backup files in advance so that you can choose the right backup that stores your wanted contacts.
  4. Support you to selectively extract contacts from iTunes (backup). That’s to say you can choose the contacts you prefer to restore.

PhoneRescue for iOS is compatible with all the models of iPhone iPad and iPod touch, including the latest iPhone XS (Max), iPhone XR. And it also supports both of Windows and Mac operating system. Now, Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer prior (or click the Download button below), and then follow the steps below to restore only contacts from your iTunes backup.

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Step 1 Open PhoneRescue for iOS > Select Recover from iTunes Backup > Click on Right Arrow.

How to Restore Contacts from iTunes Backup – Step 1

How to Restore Contacts from iTunes Backup – Step 1

Step 2 Select the backup that contains the contacts you want to extract, then only tick Contacts and click on OK to scan contacts in your backup.

How to Restore Contacts from iTunes Backup – Step 2

How to Restore Contacts from iTunes Backup – Step 2

If your iTunes backup is encrypted, you need to enter your encryption password to allow PhoneRescue for iOS to scan your data.

Step 3 Preview and select the contacts you want to restore > Click on To Device button to get them to your iPhone directly; also you can click on To Computer button to download them to computer.

How to Restore Contacts from iTunes Backup – Step 3

How to Restore Contacts from iTunes Backup – Step 3

If your iTunes backup doesn’t contain the contacts you want to retrieve, you can try to scan your iDevice (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch) directly with PhoneRescue for iOS that allows you to recover deleted iOS data without any backup. Here is the detailed guide: How to Recover Deleted Contacts from iPhone without Backup >

Method 2. How to Restore Contacts from iTunes Backup with iTunes

With this method, all the current data on your iDevice will be lost and replaced by the contents in backup like photos, videos, messages, notes, calendar, settings, etc. If you want to keep current data safe and restore only contacts from iTunes backup, please move to method 1.

Step 1 Run iTunes and connect your iPhone to the computer.

Step 2 Right-click your iPhone under the Devices list and click Restore Backup…

Step 3 Select the latest backup entry appearing under the most recent date and click “Restore” button.

How to Restore Contacts from iTunes Backup with iTunes

How to Restore Contacts from iTunes Backup with iTunes

The Bottom Line

PhoneRescue manages to recover your contacts and other types of media data and personal info. Besides, you can also download iCloud backup and recover data with PhoneRescue for iOS, such as messages, voice memos, photos, videos, WhatsApp chat history, etc. Any question or comment about this article or PhoneRescue is welcomed. Meanwhile, don’t forget to share this article with your friends. Now Download PhoneRescue for iOS to Start free trial >

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iPhone related issues.