How to Restore Contacts from iTunes

By Emily Watson, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
I left my iPhone 6s on the backseat of a taxi yesterday and didn't find it back. I traditionally synced my iPhone with iTunes and never enabled iCloud. Actually, I want to get all data on that lost iPhone back, but the contacts are desperately needed. Any advice?

Apple is so considerate that it provides iTunes for us to backup iPhone data. By default, iTunes can automatically backup iPhone contacts and update it every time when you connect it to the computer. It is possible for us to retrieve contacts without iPhone because we can extract contacts from iTunes backup. All you need is a tool that can help you extract iPhone contacts from iTunes backup.

Here we would humbly recommend FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery. It is magic software that can restore contacts which includes numbers, names, emails, job titles, companies from iTunes backup. This software can browse and extract all files from your devices' iTunes backup, which includes contacts, photos, notes, videos, messages etc. By the way, iPhone Data Recovery supports iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s and the latest iOS 10 fully.

Free download the trial version here and have a try.

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Extract iTunes Backup to Restore iPhone Contacts

Step 1: Run the program

Run the program after installation. The software will load all available backups automatically. Choose one of them.

Recover Files from iTunes Backups

Step 2: Extract iTunes backups

Click "Start Scan" to let the program extract backup files.

Extract iTunes Backup Files By Scanning

Step 3: Preview backup files

Preview all data on backup files after extracting. To save time and efforts, you can choose "Contacts" only and click "Only display the deleted item(s)" to preview and mark down what you want.

Preview and Restore Contacts from iTunes Backup

Step 4: Retrieve contacts from iTunes backup

Click "Recover" finally, you can get contacts on the computer.

By the way, I highly recommend you to enable iCloud. For one thing, it offers you one more way to backup iOS devices data. For another, if you have enabled iCloud, you can go to https://www.icloud.com/ on a computer and click on Contacts to find back the lost contacts even when your iPhone is stolen/lost/damaged.

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery helps to recover contacts as well as many other types of data such as messages, call history, notes, photos, bookmarks, videos, voice memos and so on. It supports recovering data from iTunes backup, but iCloud backup and iPhone itself as well.

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