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How to Recover iPhone Contacts

Have you bought a new iPhone and now would like to recover the contacts from your old "apple"? Have you accidentally deleted some contacts from your iPhone and don't know how to recover them? Don't worry, you've come to the right place at the right time.

With today's guide, in fact, we'll see how to recover iPhone contacts by transferring them to a new terminal or taking advantage of the recovery features offered by iCloud, Apple's cloud platform where iPhone contacts are automatically synchronized (unless otherwise set by the user). I assure you that these procedures are extremely simple to complete, you just have to choose the one that best suits your needs and put it into practice.


So, what do you say, are you ready to get started? If your answer is affirmative, take five minutes of free time and try to restore your address book following the instructions below. I made the tutorial using an iPhone 6S updated to iOS 9.x, but the steps to follow are more or less the same on all versions of the Apple smartphone and all the latest versions of iOS. Happy reading and good luck with restoring your contacts!

Recover contacts on a new iPhone

If you want to know how to recover iPhone contacts to transfer them from the old to the new model of "apple phone" that you have purchased, all you have to do is take advantage of the power of iCloud. Apple's cloud platform automatically stores backups of your data and settings online, and you can configure your new iPhone to download a backup of your old phone (including your address book contacts).

To restore a backup from iCloud, all you have to do is turn on the new iPhone and follow the initial setup process until you're asked whether you want to set up the handset as a new phone or restore a backup from iCloud. Select the latter option, choose the most recent backup available for the device and start data synchronization.


Once the sync is complete (it may take a while to download everything!), you will find not only your old contacts in the address book of the new iPhone but also all the apps and data you had on your previous phone.

If your iPhone has already been activated but you want to initialize it to restore an iCloud backup, go to Settings > General > iOS Restore, tap on Initialize content and settings, type in your phone's unlock code and click on the Initialize iPhone button that appears at the bottom.


If you've made iPhone backups on your computer in the past, you can also restore your "applephone" contacts via iTunes. Simply connect your device to your PC/Mac, wait for iTunes to launch, select theiPhone icon located at the top left and choose the backup you want to restore from the Restore from this backup drop-down menu.

If the iPhone has already been initialized, you can reset it and then restore the backups saved on your computer by selecting the Summary item from the left sidebar and clicking the Restore Backup button located at the top right. Then click on the Restore or Restore & Upgrade button, agree to the iOS terms of use, and patiently wait for the latest version of iOS to be downloaded from the Internet and then installed.

For the whole process to be successful, you need to disable the Find My iPhone feature from your phone by going to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone in iOS, turning off the Find My iPhone toggle, and typing in your Apple ID password. For more info on the procedure, check out my tutorial on how to restore iPhone.


Recover iPhone Contacts from iCloud

As mentioned earlier, all iPhones that are associated with an Apple ID sync their address book contacts with iCloud by default. This means that if you need to, for example if you accidentally deleted some contacts from your iPhone, you can use iCloud's restore features to restore your address book to a previous state and re-sync the deleted contacts to your "applephone".

To restore your address book via iCloud, go to iCloud.com from your computer and sign in with your Apple ID. When you're done, click on your name at the top right of the screen and select iCloud Settings from the menu that appears.

Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Restore Contacts on the left. Then locate a recent backup that you would like to restore, click on the Restore button next to its name, and confirm that you want to restore the address book by clicking the Restore button in the middle of the screen. Within a short time, your iCloud Address Book will be restored to the selected date and will be synced back to your iPhone. In case of any problems, you can restore the iCloud address book to its original state using the backup that the service will automatically generate during the restore.



Recover iPhone Contacts from Gmail

If you've decided to sync your iPhone contacts with Gmail instead of iCloud, you can bring back the status of your address book by taking advantage of the restore feature offered by Google.

Don't know what I'm talking about? Then log in to the Google Contacts service right now and click on the More > Undo Changes tab in the left sidebar. Next, choose whether you want to reset your address book to 10 minutes ago, 1 hour ago, yesterday, 1 week ago or a custom date (you can go back up to 30 days). Then click the Confirm button and you're done.


Recover iPhone Contacts from VCF File

If you exported a VCF file with the address book from your old iPhone (there are many apps to do it) or from an Android terminal (same thing), you can transfer the contacts on your "apple" simply by sending yourself the VCF file via email and opening it with the Contacts application of iOS.

After receiving the email with the VCF file, simply open it in Mail, click on theattachment icon and select Add All xx Contacts from the screen that opens. All the contacts in the VCF file will be automatically imported into your iPhone's address book and then synced to iCloud or other online services associated with your device.

If you do not use Apple Mail but another email client (e.g. Outlook for iOS), open the message that contains the VCF file, click on the share icon, select Open in/Open in and click on the Copy to Contacts icon that is located in the first row of the menu that opens.


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