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Recover Deleted Contacts from iPhone or iTunes Backup

Nov 18, 2012 18:27 pm / Posted by Fitch to iOS Topics
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Quick Start: Two Recovery Modes:

Mode 1: Directly recover deleted contacts from iPhone 6/6 Plus/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS ( without iTunes backup )

Mode 2: Extract and scan lost contacts from iTunes backup ( without iPhone 6/6 Plus/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS )

iPhone is the most complex but an all-in-one multimedia phone, which sets in both entertainment and business style. It is also a professional data management device, but like so many digital potable devices, iPhone is no exception and the important data also may be lost if your iPhone is stolen, damaged, failed to jailbreak and out of sync, If you can read this article, your contacts, text message, ebooks, photos, calendar, notes and purchased songs may be already put at risk. Due to its complex data files and data structures, many people and developer think that it is almost impossible to recover deleted iPhone contacts, SMS, photos if the iPhone device was damaged, they regard this sort of destruction as “Lost Forever”.

Why General Recovery Tool cannot Recognize iOS System File:

Not many people realize that iPhone adopts a built-in NAND Flash memory to memorize massive data efficiently; it runs silently and does not require more power to retain data, and memory and hard drive space is not the main limiting factor when it comes to iPhone performance. NANS flash memory is a unique storage device rather than the storage in a phone because it allows differentiation with mechanical disk. On the other hand, iPhone, iPad, iPod doesn't use a SSD; it has NAND flash soldered directly to its logic boards just as any Android device has. Due to NAND has a limited write cycles. So NAND failure is usually gradual as individual cells fail and lead to slow down overall performance. So, firmware of most commend data recovery tool cannot recognize the boot disk, it is hard to recover deleted contacts from iPhone NAND Flash memory.

Under What Circumstances You need to Recover iPhone Contacts

2 Modes: How can I Recover Deleted Contacts from iPhone or from iTunes Backup

In all this discussion, moreover, we have so far omitted a central consideration that it seems like there was no easy but effective solution for individual and business to restore deleted contacts from iPhone 6S/6S Plus/6/6 Plus/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS without iTunes backup. Fortunately, Vibosoft all-in-one iPhone Data Recovery has successfully completed recoveries on a large of number of iPhone3/3GS/4/$S/5 devices that lost data due to deleted files, hard damaged and corrupted systems. It can recover lost data like contacts, text message, photos, music, video, note, call list, books mark and more. You can get the free trial version by clicking the below button.

(Tips: In terms of iPhone contacts recovery, you can also rely on Vibosoft iPhone SMS+Contacts Recovery and Vibosoft iPhone SMS+Contacts Recovery for Mac program. This program is functional and practical, aiming at helping iPhone users to quickly recover lost contacts and messages without any loss.)


iDataRescuer is a powerful program to help users easily recover lost data from iPhone/iPad/iPod device or iTunes backup file without any loss.

Mode 1: Recover Lost Contacts from iPhone 4/4s/5 without iTunes Backup

1Install Program and Connect iPhone to Computer

Make sure you've download and installed Vibosoft iPhone Data Recovery on your computer. Be aware that it has flexible interface that make it easy on your eyes as well as to navigate with great set of features, and it is a stand-alone program which does not require iTunes be installed on your computer. Then connect your iPhone device by plugging the cable into your computer. It has setup wizard that takes you step by step through simple process.

install vibosoft iphone contacts recovery tool

Note: Use this mode, you need to set your iPhone into DFU mode before scanning.

2Scan iPhone, Preview and Selectively Recover Deleted Contacts

When your iPhone connection is successful, you'll see all items scanned by the iPhone Contacts recovery application. Of course, including the contacts that stored in your iPhone devices. This tool is capable of automatically scanning all data stored on your iPhone 3, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5; the whole process will be finished within seconds depend on size of your data. It's possible to restore individual files or folders according to your needs. After confirmation, hit the "Recover" to start.

scan iphone and preview

Mode 2: Extract iPhone 4S/5 Contacts from iTunes Backup without iPhone

Before you attempt to extract iPhone contacts from iTunes backup files, you must ensure that you've made a backup with your iTunes before, If not backup, you can use the Mode 1 to recover contacts from iPhone directly.

1Connect iPhone via USB, Scan the Backup File:

Once the program has started it can be able to automatically scan all iOS devices backup files from iTunes, you can opt to specify a backup as you need and it may take seconds to list all of your items including: music, photos, movies, contacts, text message, call history, notes.etc. Then hit "Start Scan".

extract iPhone 4/4s/5 contacts from backup file

2Preview the Contacts and Recover iPhone Contacts Selectively:

As the screenshot showed bellow, all desired contents will be listed in a tree view and display details with an intuitive way. When you click the "Contacts" option on the left-hand list, the contacts details will show on the right-hand side. Each contacts corresponds to display text message, the Human-based design must let the user feel be convenient.

scan iphone and preview

You can preview and then select the contacts you want, if your contacts too many, try the "search" function to find what you want. In the meanwhile, you're allowed to preview and recover other items like photos, music, movies, text message, note and more. As soon as everything was ready. click the "Recover" button to begin to recover lost contacts from iTunes backup files. Vibosoft iPhone Data Recovery (iPhone Recovery Mac version) is a powerful but unquestioning iPhone contacts recovery tool.

Some advice: It is highly recommend implementing a regular backup plan in order to minimize any chances of permanently losing data.

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How to Recover Deleted Text Message from iPhone 4/4s/5/6
How to Extract iPhone Backup from iTunes on Mac/Windows
How to Recover Lost Photos from iPhone 4/4s/5 on Mac/Windows

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