Solution to recover iPhone 4/4S/5/5S/5C deleted/lost contacts

I had my iPhone stolen and now I need to retrieve my contacts without my phone. I had to switch to another phone, since I could not afford to pay for another iPhone and I just need to see the contacts that I had on the iPhone. I synced the iPhone to iTunes constantly on my computer. Is there a way to retrieve the contacts from iPhone?

An iPhone may store dozens of business and personal contacts on its internal memory. Once the contacts lost, your work and life would be affected more or less. One of the benefits to use iPhone is that iTunes can automatically back up your iPhone contacts and update it every time you sync it. So you really have a big chance to recover contacts from iTunes backup.

Part 1: Extract iTunes backup to recover iPhone contacts

This Coolmuster Data Recovery for iPhone iPad iPod program enables you to recover contacts on iPhone from the backup files on iTunes, no matter you are using iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone4, or iPhone 3GS, or you just lost it, Coolmuster Data Recovery for iPhone iPad iPod can help to find the contacts back on your computer. Besides contacts, it also can help you to recover previous SMS, Call History, Notes, Calendar, as well as lost photos and videos, etc.

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Step 1: Scan the backup file

No matter you just lost your iPhone or you still hold it in your hand, don’t connect or sync it with iTunes after you lost your contacts, to prevent the backup file from being updated and replaced by the contacts on your iPhone now.

If you have synced different iDevices with iTunes before, there will be more than one backup files, after you click “Recover from iTunes Backup File” on the top of the primary window. Choose the one for your iPhone and click “Start Scan”. Then move further.

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Step 2: Recover your iPhone contacts

Easily, the scan only take 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.

The contacts you find in the scan result contain those existing in the backup file and those deleted from your iPhone before you made the backup. Both of them have their own color. You can use the button on the top to separate them: Only display the deleted items.

Part 2: Directly scan and recover contacts from iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer

If you didn’t lose your iPhone, you can also use this way to recover your contacts. Connect your iPhone and run the Coolmuster Data Recovery for iPhone iPad iPod program on your computer.

Ⅰ. For iPhone 5S/5C/5 or iPhone 4S users, you’ll see the main window as follows.

Only a “Start Scan” button on the main window. After connecting your iPhone, you only need to click the “Start Scan” button to scan your iPhone. You’ll see this scanning window immediately after clicking the “Start Scan” button.

Ⅱ.For iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users, you can choose to go to the Advanced Mode to get a deeper scan for your iPhone. Just click on the button at the lower right-corner.

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Step 2: Enter the device’s scanning mode and scan it

iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S users don’t need to do this step. You only need to click “Start Scan” to directly scan your iPhone for deleted contacts on it.

For iPhone 4/3GS users, you need to follow the steps below to enter the device’s scanning mode to scan it:

1) Hold your device and click the “Start” button.

2) Pressing the “Power” and “Home” buttons at the same time for exact 10 seconds.

3) Then release the “Power” button, but keep holding “Home”  for another 15 seconds until you get the message of successfully entering.

Whatever the device you use, the Coolmuster Data Recovery for iPhone iPad iPod program will automatically begin scanning your iPhone for lost contacts after you doing the steps accordingly.

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Step 3: Preview and recover iPhone contacts

When the scan is finished, you can preview all found data before recovery. Choose “Contacts” to preview, mark it and click “Recover”, you can save all the contents on your computer with one click.

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