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 iDevice.
[Last Updated: June 29, 2017]
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 >
Q: “Owing to I have lost all my contacts after update to iOS 9.2.1, 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.”
— A User from Cnet Forums
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 iTunes backup?
Therefore, in this guide we will recommend you an iOS data recovery tool named PhoneRescue for iOS, which allows you to restore only contacts from iTunes, and offer you a detailed guide about how to selectively extract contacts from iTunes (backup). Absolutely, we also offer you the tutorial about how to restore contacts from iTunes backup in tradition way. Let’s get it started!
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Method 1. How to Restore Contacts from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue for iOS
PhoneRescue is a comprehensive data recovery tool working well for both Android and iOS devices. With PhoneRescue for iOS you are fully capable of retrieving almost all the commonly used personal data and multimedia files directly from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.
More than anything, PhoneRescue for iOS is compatible with all the models of iPhone iPad and iPod touch, including the old iPhone 4/4s/5/5s, the latest iPhone 6s/SE and iPad Pro. And it also supports both of Windows and Mac operating system. Now Download PhoneRescue for iOS, and start to restore contacts from iTunes backup.
Step 1. Open PhoneRescue for iOS> Select Recover from iTunes Backup > Click on Right Arrow.
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
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
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”.
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 >