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How to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone 6

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March 10,2015

"Before upgrade my iPhone 6 plus to iOS 9.2,I just back up my iPhone 6 with iTunes before updating for the new update.After back up from 900+ contacts it became 142.so i lost 800+ contacts.how can i recover my lost contacts from iTunes backups?"--Ask by Aaron in apple

"Help! My iPhone 6 was stolen yesterday,all of important phone numbers stored on my iPhone,I remember I have back up to iTunes before,but I don't know how to extract contacts from iTunes backups,is it possible to extract and restore iPhone contacts from iTunes backup files? Thank You!"-- Ask by Canton

Many iPhone users search in google about “how to recover contacts without iPhone”, “recover contacts when iPhone was stolen”, “any way restore iPhone contacts from iTunes”,ect. Actually,when your iPhone was lost or stolen,you can get back contacts in 3 ways!

Do new iPhone 6 update and lost all your contacts and other important data? Don't worry,no matter data lost or deleted on your iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus with iOS 9/iOS 8, you still have chance to get deleted contacts back from iPhone 6. Generally speaking, if you have synced iPhone to iTunes before,the iTunes will help you back up iPhone.However,you can restore contacts and other data from backup file (iTunes or iCloud),no matter your iPhone was stolen, broken or lose, what if yet haven’t any backup file, then you can also use a iPhone 6 data recovery to scan and recover contact from iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus directly.

Knowledge: How iTunes backs 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.

iTunes can automatically back up your iPhone contacts and update it every time when you sync it. So you really have a big chance to recover contacts from iTunes backup.So you can extract your contacts from the iTunes backup when you lost your iPhone.

You can Recover Contacts with or without your iPhone

The iPhone Contact Recovery: iPhone 6 Data Recovery provides you 3 recovery mode to recover iPhone contacts:
1)Scan and extract iTunes backup to recover iPhone contacts (without iPhone)
2)Directly scan and recover contacts from iPhone (with iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS)
3)Recover iPhone contacts from iCloud Backup Files (without iPhone)


Restore iPhone Contacts in Three Recovery Modes:

To recover iPhone contacts direcctly,or get contacts from the backup file. You need an iPhone contacts recovery tool, and you can have my recommendation here: iPhone 6 Data Recovery(Mac). Besides recovering contacts from iTunes backups, both of the software can also help to scan and directly recover deleted contacts from iPhone 6s/6s plus, iPhone 6/6 plus and iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS, if you didn't lose your iPhone.

You can download the free trial version below to have a try.

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Let's this article teach you how to extract iTunes backup to recover iPhone 6 contacts,you can also follow other recovery mode (recover iPhone contacts from iCloud Backup files, directly recover contacts from iPhone) to get all lost contacts back!

Scan and Extract iTunes backup to Recover iPhone 6 Contacts

This iPhone 6 contacts recovery program: iPhone data recovery enables you to recover contacts on iPhone from the backup files on iTunes, no matter you are using iPhone 6/6 plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, or iPhone 3GS, or you just lost it, iPhone/iPad/iPod Recovery can help to find the contacts back on your computer. Besides contacts, it also can help you to recover previous SMS, Call History, Notes, Calendar, as well as lost photos and videos, etc.

Step 1: Scan the backup file from iTunes

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

 If you have synced different iDevices with iTunes before, there will be more than one backup files, after you click "Recover from iTunes Backup File" on the top of the primary window. Choose the one for your iPhone and click "Start Scan". Then move further.

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Step 2: Scan all data from the iTunes
Easily, the scan only take you a few seconds. All the contents from the backup file will be displayed in details. You can read the content right now, no matter from the Contacts, but also from the Messages, Call History, Notes, and you also can preview the photos & videos contained on your iPhone.

scan iPhone 6 contacts

To recover the contacts, check the box in front of the Contacts and click the "Recover" button, then you can save the content on your computer. You also can recover the other data, if you have a need.

Step 3: Begin to
Extract and Recover your iPhone contacts from iTunes backups

recover iPhone 6 contacts from iTunes

The contacts you find in the scan result contain those existing in the backup file and those deleted from your iPhone before you made the backup. Both of them have their own color. You can use the button on the top to separate them: Only display the deleted items.

If your iPhone in hand,you can directly recover contacts from iPhone 6

Note: If you want to import recovered contacts back to your iPhone, you can use iPhone Data Manager to do it in a few clicks.

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What's More about iPhone Data Recovery:

The iPhone Data Recovery is the World’s 1st iPhone, iPad & iPod touch Emergency data recovery software for personal users recover Lost Contacts, Messages,Photos, Videos, Camera Roll, Photo Library, Message Attachments, Call History and more.

-Selectively browse and retrieve data from iOS devices, iCloud backup and iTunes backup (including encrypted one).
-Retrieve data up to 18 types like photos, videos, contacts, messages, notes, call log, voicemail, voice memos, calendars, reminders, etc.
-Recover App data like WhatsApp, Instagram, Flickr, iPhoto, iMovie, Kindle, Keynote, etc.
-Recover lost data for any iPhone/iPad/iPod device due to deletion, device crashed, smashed or broken, device loss, jailbreak, iOS upgrade or factory settings restore.