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How to Recover Contacts from Dropped/Broken iPhone

"Last night, my little son dropped my iPhone 5S to the ground. The screen is cracked and I can still see the display. I have used the phone for almost 3 years, so I want to buy a new one instead of get it repaired. But there are almost 200 contacts on the device, I need to get them off the phone. Any good advice on how to recover contacts from broken iPhone?"

Are you suffering the same trouble as well? Duing to our carelessness and unattention, we may just get our precious mobile phones broken unexpectedly. If the iPhone is still in warranty, the user can go to the Apple Store to replace a new iPhone. But the data in the iPhone will be completely erased. Therefore it's of great necessity to retrieve the data from the iPhone, expecially the important contacts on the iPhone. Do you know how to get them back?

Don't worry about that. You can recover contacts as well as all types of data including text messages, photos, videos, calendars, notes, apps and more from your broken or lost iPhone, via your iTunes or iCloud backup files without wiping any data on your iPhone, as long as you have a powerful iOS data recovery tool called iRefone, which can help you recover your lost contacts on your broken or lost iPhone easily and quickly. During recovery, it allows you to selectively scan & preview, and recover only needed contacts. It supports all the models of iPhone, including the latest iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus. For Mac users, please turn to iRefone for Mac.

Method 1. Recover iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup

Note: To prevent the backup file from being updated and replaced by the contacts on your iPhone now, please do not connect or sync your iPhone on iTunes after you lost your contacts.

Step 1. Scan the backup file

Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup" on the main interface. All the iTunes backup files of your iOS Device which has ever synced with iTunes on this Windows will be automatically found and listed here. You can choose the one you want and click "Select" to access the data interface.


Step 2. Preview the data in iTunes Backup

Enter into the interface to show you all the data categories in your backup. Select the Contacts to preview. The scanning time depends on the database in your iTunes Backup.


Step 3. Restore your contacts from iPhone

To recover the contacts, check the box in front of the Contacts and click the "Recover to PC" or "Recover to Device" button, then you are successfully save the content on your computer or directly restore on your iPhone.

Tip: Form the scan result, you can see those existing in the backup file and those deleted from your iPhone showed in different colors. You can separate them by clicking "Only display the deleted items".

Method 2. Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts from iCloud Backup

Recovering contacts from iCloud is very easy if you backed up your iPhone to iCloud at least once or twice. It's recommended that you backup contacts as often as possible, especially if you tend to add lots of contacts on a regular basis.

Step 1. Sign in iCloud

Run iRefone and choose "Recover from iCloud Backup" as the recovery mode. Then you'll see the window below. Enter your iCloud account and password to login.


Step 2. Download and scan your iCloud backup

When you logged into iCloud, the program can find all iCloud backup files in your account. Choose the one where you're going to recover data and click on the "Download" button.


In the pop-up window, you can choose the type of files Contacts you would like to download. This will reduce the time of downloading the iCloud backup file. After that, you can scan the iCloud content now. Click on the "Next" button to begin. It will take you some time. Just wait for a moment.


Step 3. Start recover Contacts from iCloud Backup

The scan will be complete in a few minutes. Once it stops, you can either choose "Recover to PC" or "Recover to Device" for transferring these recovered Contacts to your PC or directly back to your device.

This is the whole process to restore contacts selectively from iPhone direclty, iTunes backup or iCloud.

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