Loss of iPhone Contacts could occur because of any reason such as iOS update, damaged or broken device, accidental deletion of contacts, factory reset, files corruption, jailbreak and so on. You must be alarmed to find your iPhone contacts missing or lost, especially when you didn’t backup your contacts. We will provide perfect solution to recover your iPhone contacts from any situation.

In this article, we are going to introduce 4 ways to restore iPhone contacts from iTunes and iCloud backup entirely or selectively.

Part 1: Two Ways to Restore Contacts from iCloud Backup

If you have backed up your lost contacts to iCloud, congratulations, you will have 2 ways to get them back! The recommended way is to recover contacts from iCloud bakcup using iSkysoft Toolbox - iOS Data Recovery. It allows you to preview and selectively restore the contacts that you want. It will do NO harm to the existing data on your iPhone.

While the second method is to restore contacts from iCloud backup directly. It won't need any other third part software and it is a free way to restore contacts. However, this will require you to reset your iPhone, which means you will get back contacts at the cost of losing all of the data on your iPhone. And you will have no chance to preview the contacts before restoring.

Knowing the differences of these contacts recovery methods, now let me show you the detailed guides to do it! Let's start with the iSkysoft Toolbox!

#1. How to Restore Contacts from iCloud Backup with iSkysoft Toolbox

Step 1: Sign-in your iCloud account

Install iSkysoft Toolbox for iOS on your computer. Lanuch it and Open lick "Data Recovery". Choose "Recover from iCloud backup file" from the left panel. Now login your iCloud account with Apple username and password.

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Step 2: Scan and Preview Contacts

In this step, download the iCloud backup that contains your contacts by clicking "Download" button. Then you will see a pop-up window appearing to ask you to select file types. Check "Contacts" and click on the "Next" button after the selection, so iSkysoft iPhone Contacts Extractor can scan and extract the data in the backup file.

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Step 3: Restore iPhone Contacts from iCloud Backup

You will be presented with a list of previews of the files in the download. On the menu on the left, select on the contacts option in order to see all the contacts stored in the iCloud backup file. Select the contacts that you want to extract and then click on "Restore to Device" to get back contacts to iPhone or click "Recover to Computer" button to save them to your windows PC/Mac.

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#2. How to Restore Contacts from iCloud Backup Directly

Step 1: Open your iPhone > Go to iPhone "Setting" > Click "General" > Click "Reset" and then select "Erase all Contents and Settings".

Please note that this will wipe data on your iPhone.

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Step 2: Next you need to set up your iPhone. To retrieve contacts from iCloud backup, you need to select "Restore from iCloud Backup" option. Then choose your latest iCloud backup and comfirm it. This will restore the while backup files to your iPhone!

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Part 2: Two Ways to Restore Contacts from iTunes Backup

To recover contacts from iTunes you are required to connect your iPhone to the computer. You could easily recover lost contacts from recent iTunes backup files. Also, we are going to introduce 2 ways to restore contacts from iTunes backup. Let's start with the best solution: retrieve contacts from iTunes backup with iSkysoft Toolbox.

#1. How to Extract Contacts from iTunes Backup using iSkysoft Toolbox

Step 1: Launch the Program and Select iTunes backup

On the primary window, you will see all tools menu in this toolbox. In this case, you need to click "Data Recovery" menu from them. Then you can select the "Recover from iTunes backup file" mode in the next window, which will give you access to the backup files in your iTunes account. Click on the "Start Scan" button to get a list of backup files.

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Step 2: Preveiw and Extract Contacts from iTunes Backup

After the scanning process is complete, you can preview and then mark the contacts which are needed. Click "Restore to Device" button to retrieve the contacts from iTunes backup. Or you can click "Recover to Computer" and choose a file location in your computer to save the recovered contacts. That's it!

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#2. How to Restore Contacts from iTunes Backup Directly

Note: This method will remove all of the old data from your iPhone and download the backup contacts from your iTunes backup.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer and then run iTunes application. Click "Device" or go to Files and click "Devices".

Step 2: Right-click on your iPhone device which is connected and then select "Restore from backup" option at the bottom right corner of the interface. The steps are very simple to follow:

Connect you device and Open iTunes > Go to "Files" > Choose "Device" > Click "Restore from backup".

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About iSkysoft Toolbox - Best Software to Restore Data from iTunes, iCloud Backup

iSkysoft Toolbox - iOS Data Recovery is like a boon when it comes to recovery of any lost data from iPhone. It comprises of many amazing features with wizard-style interface. You don’t have to do anything if you have this software as it does everything automatically with just one click. You could do selective recovery of contacts from your iPhone. There is no need to restore all the files from backup. Even if your iPhone is not booting up, this program could recover any data easily. After recovery of contacts you could save it in your computer and then restore it in your iPhone directly.

Why Choose This iPhone Contacts Extractor:

  • Multiple files extraction: iSkysoft Toolbox allows you to extract contacts, images, text messages, video, music and a lot more from backup.
  • Multiple extraction methods: You can extract contacts from your iPhone device, iTunes and iCloud to your PC/Mac.
  • Flexibility: Allows you to restore any form of data from iTunes and iCloud with relative ease.
  • Supports all iOS devices: With iSkysoft iPhone Contacts Extractor, you can extract contacts from iTunes or iCloud with any device that runs on iOS; one tool can handle multiple devices so there is no need to have several versions of the tool.
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