How to Restore iPhone Contacts from Backup for Free

Like most mobile phone users, iPhone users now rely heavily on their phone to communicate with others via phone calls, text messages, and email. All of these tasks are very dependent on the contact list, so this file usually becomes critical. However, losing the contacts from your iPhone can happen for lots of reasons, including:

– Accidentally click the wrong number.
– Restore iPhone to default factory settings.
– Failed iPhone upgrade or sync.
– Unsuccessfull jailbreak.
– iPhone crashes and erases all contacts.
– Your iPhone is infected by viruses or malware.
– Your iPhone goes missing or become unusable.

Losing your iPhone contacts can be frustrating, especially if you do not have important numbers committed to memory. Fortunately, given iTunes’ ability to automatically create backups, you can use a recent backup to restore your iPhone contacts.

Restoring iPhone contacts from backup created in iTunes saves you the time and effort, yet, you will notice that, it will delete any media tracks currently existing on your iPhone and overwrite contents on the iPhone with the data from the backup file. To overcome the limitation, we have developed a free but useful tool – Jihosoft Free iTunes Backup Extractor. By using it, you can extract and restore contacts from iTunes backup with ease. Also, you are allowed to preview the contacts before recovery and selectively recove contacts from iPhone backup.

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Things You’ll Need:

– A computer with latest iTunes installed.
– A recent iTunes backup file
– Free iTunes Backup Extractor


1.Run this free iPhone Backup Extractor and select the backup file containing your lost contacts, then click “Next”.
2.To save you time, select only “Contacts” from the listed file types and then click “Next” to scan contacts saved in the backup.
3.After scanning, preview the scanned contacts in detail. Then mark those you want and click “Recover” to restore contacts from iPhone backup.

Extra Tips

If you lost your iPhone contacts before backing them up with Apple iTunes or iCloud, don’t despair, there is still a way to try. iPhone Data Recovery can help to scan your iPhone directly and recover lost contacts.

By Jihosoft
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