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How to Recover iPhone lost Contacts from iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS?

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sophia L yad at
March 10,2015

HELP!! How can I recover iPhone contacts without backup?

I use two iPhones share a itunes account.I upgrade iPhone to ios5 upgrade yesterday,I did not find any problems. Noon today, I upgraded to another,it is completed, I found two iPhone’s Contacts and then after the upgrade that phone, I one by one manually deleted. Sad reminder of what happened, and so on to work in the afternoon when I found an updated phone acontact into the phone. How does this iPhone Contacts can restore it? Anxious ah!

There are two ways to recover iphone lost contacts

Part 1: Directly recover deleted contacts from iPhone 4/3GS

Part 2: Scan and extract iTunes backup to recover iPhone lost contacts
Recover Lost iPhone Photos, Contacts, Messages and More from iTunes Backup Files for iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS


iTunes will automatically backup your iPhone/iPod and iPad files,but this files is an SQLite database that you can't access,you must use a iTunes data recovery software or all-in-one iPhone Data Recovery software to extract this SQLite database to preview and get the content when you accidentally deleted or lost your iPhone iPad iPod data.

How to recover contacts with or without your iPhone?

Then how to get contacts from the backup file? You need an iPhone contacts recovery tool, and you can have my recommendation here: Dr.Fone for iOS (for Windows users) or Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac) (for Mac users). Besides recovering contacts from iTunes backups, The Dr.Fone for iOS can also help to scan and retrieve contacts directly from your iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS, if you didn't lose your iPhone.

Part 1: Scan and extract iTunes backup to recover iPhone contacts

--Recover Lost iPhone lost or deleted Contacts from iTunes Backup Files for iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS

Step 1: Scan the backup file

If you have synced different iDevices with iTunes before, there will be more than one backup files. Choose the one for your iPhone and move further

recover iphone contacts from iTunes

Step 2: Recover iPhone contacts

The scan only takes 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.

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.

iphone contact recovery


How iTunes backs up your iPhone contacts?

iTunes backup your iPhone when you sync with it. When you lose your contacts from iPhone. The bad point is that the backup file is not an ordinary file types, but a file SQlitedb, this preview is not allowed, and even access. Sometimes it is encrypted, only for personal safe,you need to use a iTunes data recovery software to preview or recover them from iTunes!

Part 2: Directly recover iPhone contacts from iPhone without backup

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer

If you didn't lose your iPhone, you can also use this way to retrieve your contacts. Connect your iPhone to the computer and run the Wondershare Dr.Fone to your computer, then an interface as follow will appear.

recover iphone contacts

Step 2: Preview and recover iPhone contacts

Choose "Contacts" to preview, mark it and click "Recover", you can save all the contents on your computer with one click.

restore iphone lost contacts

Tips: you can also preivew and recover iPhone Messages,Photos,Videos, Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library, Message Attachments, Call History, Calendar, Notes, Voice Memos, Reminders and Safari Bookmarks

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.


If you want to recover iPhone lost SMS messages,you can read this use guide about how to recover iPhone Text Messages from iPhone.

If you use Mac and iPhone,and you need to recover iPhone SMS messages from Mac,you can read this use guides about how to recover SMS from iphone on Mac?