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How to Backup iPhone Contacts

For many iPhone users who have encountered data loss of iPhone or have a strong sense of preventing data loss prefer to backup their iPhone data previously. Among all the data, contacts seem to be a hit. When talking about backup, iTunes backup flashes across our mind. We have no access to the entire data in iTunes backup files, which is the big blemish of iTunes and also cause a little inconvenience to us.

How can we backup iPhone contacts without iTunes?

iPhone Data Recovery software can give us a clue. It enables us directly backup contacts from iPhone to computer, Mac or external drive in just 3 steps. You can get a general idea about it below.

Download the free and trial version of it and have a try!


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Tutorial 1: How to Backup Contacts Directly from iPhone


Step 1.Install software on your computer and connect your iPhone with it

Install iOS Data Recovery on your computer, run it and connect your iPhone with it, choose the right recovery mode. Then you will get a new interface, please "Recover data from iOS device" mode.

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Note: Make sure that you choose the right device model, once you choose the wrong model, you can reselect your iPhone model with one click of "Reselect Device" button at bottom of the window.


Step 2.Scan the device for your files

In order to scan your device, you need to follow the specific instructions below.

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ⅰ. Hold your iPhone, and then click the "Start" button.
ⅱ.Hold the "Power" and "Home" buttons on your gadget at the same time for about 10 seconds. This program allows you to see the countdown.
ⅲ. After 10 seconds, release the "Power" button, but keep holding the "Home" button for another 15 seconds. Then you can successfully get into the scanning mode.
ⅳ. Release the "Home" button and hit the "Start Scan" button to scan files on your device.
Note: If you're using iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S, there is a difference from the process of iPhone 4/3GS. There will be only a "Start" button on the window below, and you only need to click it, wait for a while (scanning), and then you can preview recoverable data.


Step 3.Preview and back up messages on your device

When you finish the scanning, you can get a list of all the files displayed in clear categories. You can see they are classified as "Camera Roll", "Photo Stream", "Contacts", etc. To recover messages, you should tick off "Contacts" and move to the bottom of the interface and click the "Recover" button. Then you can make it in just a few minutes.

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After doing as the steps show, you can successfully backup your data of your iPhone, thus you can recover your data like: music, videos, notes, voice memos, etc. at any time. It is safe and convenient in your daily life.

Tutorial 2: How to Backup Contacts from iTunes


Step 1.Connect your iPhone to your computer and run it

You can see the following interface where all your data including the lost ones will be listed. Choose you’re the suitable device and click "Start Scan".

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Notes: please do not sync your iPhone with iTunes at the same time, which will easily overwrite your lost files.


Step 2.Within a few minutes, the scan will be finished

Your files that have been backed-up with iTunes will be listed as follow:

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You can preview all files found in the scanning result. Click "Contacts" and then click "Recover" to save them on your computer.
With the help of iOS Data Recovery software, you can make a good backup of your iPhone. Consequently, you can recover your lost ordeleted data of iPhone whenever you want.

Tutorial 3: How to Backup Contacts from iCloud


Step 1.Install the program and sign your iCloud account

First of all, activate the program after downloading it on your computer and choose "Recover from iCloud Backup File", then sign in your Apple ID and password to have access to your iCloud account.

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Step 2.Download and export your iCloud backup

After entering the program, you are shown the backup files of your iCloud backup account automatically and orderly. Choose any data you want to recover by clicking "Download" button. The whole progress of downloading depends on the total amount of your data.

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When it's finished, click the same button to start extracting, and you'll get an interface as below.

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Step 3.Preview and restore contacts from iCloud

You can take a preview of the data you get after the scanning, such as contacts, photos, messages, notes, videos, etc. You can choose "Contacts" that you’d like to restore by ticking it.

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When you finish the above three steps, you are supposed to recover all the contacts from iCloud, if you are in need of recovering other data at the same time, you can just tick the button of what you want to recover, so that you can recover whatever you want.

Here I highly recommend iPhone Data Recovery software for your reference. It is acknowledged as one of the most popular software for iPhone customers' use. It is a mighty recovery software designed for iDevice users to recover deleted photos from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, empowers you to recover deleted photos, text messages, contacts, notes, videos from your devices. Providing that you are in need of finding a suitable and practical software to help you recover photos, videos, contacts from your iPhone, iPhone Data Recovery is your final appeal beyond doubt.


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