How to Recover iPhone Contacts

Bought a new iPhone and now want to retrieve contacts from your old mobile? Have you accidentally deleted some contacts from your iPhone and don't know how to retrieve them? Don't worry, you've come to the right place at the right time.

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


So, what do you say, you ready to get started? If so, take five minutes off and try restoring your address book by following the steps 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. Have a good read and good luck 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 "melafonino" model you 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 backups of your old phone (including your phonebook contacts).

To restore a backup from iCloud, simply turn on your new iPhone and follow the initial setup process until you're asked whether you want to set up your terminal 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.


At the end of the operation (it could take quite a while to download everything!) you'll find not only your old contacts in the address book of your new iPhone but also all the apps and gifts 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 > Restore iOS, tap the Initialize content and settings item, type in the phone unlock code and press the Initialize iPhone button below.


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

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

For this to work, you must disable the Find My iPhone feature from your phone by going to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone in iOS, moving the Find My iPhone tab to OFF and typing in your Apple ID password. For more information on the procedure, see my tutorial on how to restore iPhone.


Retrieve 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've deleted some contacts from your iPhone by mistake, for example, you can take advantage of iCloud's restore features to restore the address book to a previous state and sync the deleted contacts back to your "melaphone".

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

Now scroll down the page that opens to the bottom and click on the Restore Contacts item on the left. Then locate a recent backup to restore, click on the Restore entry next to its name and confirm the restore by pressing the Restore button in the middle of the screen. The iCloud phonebook will soon be restored to the selected date and will be synced back to your iPhone. In case of problems, you can restore the iCloud phonebook to its original state using the backup that the service will automatically generate during the restore.



Retrieve iPhone contacts from Gmail

If you've decided to sync your iPhone contacts with Gmail instead of iCloud, you can restore your phonebook status using Google's restore feature.

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


Retrieving iPhone contacts from a VCF file

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

Once you've received the email with the VCF file, simply open it in Mail, tap on the attachment 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 address book and then synced to iCloud or other online services associated with your device.

If you are not using Apple Mail but another email client (e.g. Outlook for iOS), open the message containing the VCF file, press the share icon, select Open in/Open in and press the Copy to Contacts icon in the first line of the menu that opens.



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