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How to Recover Deleted Contacts from iTunes Backup

Q: "Just lost my iPhone last week, I am planning to buy a new iPhone 6s. but wonder if I can get my old iPhone backup files on my iTunes? If the answer is positive, is there any tips that I can restore my lost contacts from iTunes backup? "

-- A User from Forums

Many reasons can get your iPhone contacts lost, such as delete unintentionally, iOS ( particularly iOS 9, 9.1 ) upgrade failure, phone damage or even iPhone get lost like the above user. Generally, if you have created backup via iTunes before, you can easily restore your lost iPhone contacts from the iTunes backup.

This guide will show you two simple ways to restore contacts from iTunes backup. One is restoring contacts with iTunes; the other is with an iPhone Data Recovery.

Method 1: Restore Contacts from iTunes Backup via iTunes

restore contacts from iTunes backup

Step 1. Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone/iPad/iPod to the computer.

Step 2. Right-click your iPhone, iPad, iPod under the Devices list and click "Restore Backup".

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

Note: Restore iPhone, iPad, iPod contacts from iTunes backup will erase all media tracks currently existing on your device with the contents from the iOS backup files.

Method 2: Recover Contacts from iTunes Backup with iPhone Data Recovery -- Syncios Data Recovery

To avoid losing your existed contents on iPhone, Syncios Data Recovery will be your best helper to retrieve lost contacts from iTunes backup. You are also able to retrieve other types of iPhone data such photos, messages etc.

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How to Extract and Recover Contacts from iTunes Backup:

Run this iPhone Contacts Recovery tool and begin to recover your iPhone contacts from iTunes backup file.

Step 1. Scan and preview the iTunes backup File.

If you have synced different iOS devices with iTunes before, more than one backup files will be listed in the primary window after you clicked Recover from iTunes Backup File. Just choose the one for your iPhone and click "Start Scan". It will take you a few seconds to scan. All contents from the iTunes backup file including contacts, messages, call history, notes, photos and videos will be displayed in detail. You can read them right now.

scan iTunes backup file

Step 2. Extract and recover contacts from iTunes Backup file.

To bring back lost iPhone contacts, just check the Contacts box, then all contacts will be displayed, simply choose those contacts you'd like to recover, and press "Recover" button.

recover lost contacts from iTunes backup file

Now, you will get two options, "recover to computer" or "recover to device". Just select as you need.

Supported Apple Devices and iOS Versions

iPhone iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 3GS
iPad iPad Pro, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3/2/1, iPad with Retina display, The New iPad, iPad 2, iPad
iPod iPod touch 6, iPod touch 5, iPod touch 4, iPod touch 3, iPod Touch
iOS iOS 5 - iOS 13

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