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iPhone Contact Recovery-Recover Lost or Deleted iPhone Contacts

  2013-04-29 19:32:21/ Posted by CtArs to How to recover iPhone

Today phone contacts are an important part in our life. Your work and life would be affected more or less once the contacts on your iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS are lost. You may freak out when your iphone contacts are accidently deleted or lost because the system is crashed or the iphone was stolen. Then what you’ll do?

Most people would say: “it’s lucky I’ve backed up my iphone contacts on my computer with iTunes.”  But does this always work for you? Let’s see how iTunes back up your iphone contacts.

How iTunes back up your iPhone contacts

As an iPhone user, who tends to manage the content of iPhone with iTunes, must know that iTunes backs up everything of your iPhone first when you sync with it. This will be the warmest thing when you lost your contacts from iPhone. The bad point is that the backup file is not regular file type, but a SQlitedb file, which is not allowed to preview, even access. Sometimes it’s encrypted, just for private safe. So it’s a little hard to retrieve the contacts without an iPhone. But you may have to see the contacts on that iPhone while you don’t get enough time or money to buy a new iphone right now. Then what you’ll do?

Fortunately, we have the iPhone Data Recovery(Mac), an easy-to-use data recovery tool that will help you easily recover contacts, photos & videos, SMS, call logs, memos and calendars, even Safari bookmarks you thought you’d lost forever. Then let’s see how to get contacts from the backup file with the Dr. Fone.

How to recover contacts on iPhone with Dr. Fone in steps

Besides recovering contacts from iTunes backup, the Dr.Fone can help to scan and retrieve contacts directly from iPhone if you didn’t lose it. So you have 2 ways to recover iphone contacts with iPhone/iPad/iPod Data Recovery.

Method 1: Directly scan and recover contacts from iPhone

Method 2:
Scan and extract iTunes backup to recover iPhone contacts

Now free download the iphone contacts recovery program Dr. Fone below to recover your lost or deleted iPhone contacts.


Method 1: Directly scan and recover contacts from iPhone

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer

If you didn’t lose your iPhone, connect your iPhone to the computer and run the data recovery program after installing. An interface as follows will display. Then move to the next step.

Note: If you choose to recover from iTunes backup, switch to the “Recover from iTunes Backup File” option on the top.

Step 2: Enter DFU mode and scan iPhone

From the interface above, you need to enter the DFU mode according to the description in 3 steps.

1. Hold your iPhone and click “Start” button.

2. Pressing “Power” and “Home” buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds.

3.After 10 seconds, release “Power” button, but keep holding “Home” for another 10 seconds until you get the message of successfully entering.

After that, you’ll get a message saying that you’ve successfully entered the DFU mode, and the software begins scanning your iPhone.

Step 3: Preview and recover iPhone contacts

After the scanning was finished, you can preview all found data before recovery. Choose “Contacts” to preview, mark it and click “Recover”, you can save all the contents on your computer with one click.

Note: Data found here includes deleted data and those still on your iPhone. If you only want back your deleted ones, you can refine the scan result by using the slide button at bottom to only display deleted items.

Method 2: Scan and extract iTunes backup to recover iPhone contacts (Including iPhone 5/4S)

This iPhone contacts recovery program Dr. Fone also enables you to recover contacts on iPhone from the backup files on iTunes, no matter you are using iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone4, iPhone 3GS or the previous versions, or you just lost your iPhone. It can help you find the contacts back on your computer. Besides contacts, it also can help to find back your previous SMS, Notes, Calendar and Call History, as well as lost photos and videos.

Step 1: Scan the backup file

No matter you just lost your iPhone or you still hold it in your hand, don’t connect or sync it with iTunes, to prevent the backup file from being updated and replaced by the contacts on your iPhone now.

After installing and running the program, move to “Recover from iTunes Backup File” and you’ll get the interface as follow. If you have synced different iDevices with iTunes before, then all the backup files will be listed out. Just choose the one you lost, or the one on which you lost your contacts, and begin to “Start Scan” to move on.

Step 2: Preview and Recover iPhone contacts

The scan only takes you a few seconds. All the content contained in the backup file will be extracted and displayed in categories as Contacts, Photos & Videos, Messages, Call History and Notes. You can preview the detailed content of any of them before you perform the SMS recovery for iPhone.

To recover the contacts, check the box in front of the Contacts and hit on the “Recover” button, then you can save the content on your Mac now. And you also can recover the other data, if you need.


Now you’ll find to recover lost or deleted iphone contacts, notes or videos is easy when with Dr. Fone. Then why not try it free now.


More information of iPhone Data Recovery

This iPhone Data Recovery not only can help you recover photo&video,but also recover sms&contacts.The Data Recovery for iPhone is the world’s 1st iPhone data recovery software that can recover data directly from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch,or recover data from iTunes backup.Support recover content including contacts, SMS, photo, video, call history, notes, reminders, voice memos, etc.

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