“I restored my iPhone from iTunes using shift-click on restore and chose a file with ios 8.4. After the restore, a part of my contacts came back on, i guess from iCloud or something, but the recent ones are gone! (recents, more precisely from the last 10 months). Shouldn't they always sync with iCloud? I don't know what to do... How can I get ALL my contacts back? iPhone 4S, iOS 8.4 from Apple Support Communities
The scariest thing when you try to upgrade the iOS for your iPhones is data loss, especially important data like contacts, notes or messages loss. As more and more people have updated their iPhone or iPad to the latest iOS 8.4, data loss complain arise.
Can I recover the lost contacts from my iPhone directly?
To tell the truth, if the contacts were lost in the process of iOS 8.4 updating
, there is no way to get them back directly from your iPhone or iPad. You need to restore the lost contacts by restoring your iPhone or iPad with the iTunes or iCloud backup file.
In case of disabling the automatic backing up and failing to create iTunes backup file or you are not interested in iTunes any more, you’d better switch on the contacts by go to Settings>iCloud>Contacts, so that the iCloud can always sync the contacts. By doing so you can try reclaiming the lost contacts on your with your iPhone or iPad.
Turn off iCloud Contacts syn by going to Settings>iCloud>Contacts, tap it off and then you will be presented with a popup asking what you would like to do with the preciously synced iCloud contacts on your iPhone or iPad? Click to choose “Keep on My iPad”. And then turn ON the contacts again and tap “Merge”; wait till you you should see the deleted contact back on your iPhone.
Can I recover the lost contacts from iCloud backup file selectively?
The answer is definitely yes! As restoring lost contacts from iCloud need to erase all content and settings firstly, you can choose an easier and faster way. iFonebox, as specialized iOS data recovery software, it is capable of recovering lost contacts selectively from iCloud backup file. Besides, it can also recover other kinds of data like notes, messages, reminders, whatsapp messages, voice memos and photos etc from iCloud backup file without worrying about data erasing.
You can download a free trial version of iFonebox to have a try, but you need to pay the full version with registration code to successfully transfer the exported contacts to your iPhone or iPad or to the computer.
Now lets get down to the detailed steps about how to recover the lost contacts from iCloud backup file selectively with iFonebox.
Step 1: Install and run the full version of iFonebox, choose the recovery mode of “Recover from iCloud Backup” and then you will be asked to sign with an Apple ID. Please do remember to sign with the Apple ID with is involved in your iCloud account.
Step 2: Choose an iCloud backup file as you need.
Step 3: Choose the contacts only if you want to save time on downloading the backup file.
Step 4: Wait till the download process finishes, and then choose the contacts to recover on the interface listing all the supported data types by clicking on the icon of Contacts.
Step 5: Preview and choose whatever contacts to recover to your iPhone or iPad or you can choose to transfer all the exported contacts to computer. You can also do some modifications before the recovering.