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How to restore lost iPhone contacts from iCloud in 2 ways

apple smart phone iphone 11 proYou can restore lost contacts on your iPhone in a few ways.

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  • You can restore lost contacts on an iPhone from a recent backup using the iCloud website.
  • Your existing local contacts on your iPhone will be backed up and replaced with the ones from iCloud.
  • To restore contacts without losing data, merge your iCloud contacts with the ones on your phone.

If your iPhone is your central communication hub, responsible for voice calls, text messages, email, as well as all sorts of other messaging apps as well, then your contacts are no doubt critical. 

Whether you accidentally delete some contacts or lose your entire address book through a catastrophic mishap, all is not lost. You can easily tap into iCloud and restore your contacts from a recent iPhone backup.

How to restore lost iPhone contacts from iCloud

1. Open in a web browser and sign into your account.

2. Click on the profile picture icon in the top right corner of the screen and select iCloud Settings.

iCloud website, with the “iCloud Settings” option highlighted.Click “iCloud Settings” on the website.

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3. Select the Data Recovery tab in the top menu.

The iCloud settings page, with the “Data Recovery” tab highlighted.Go to the “Data Recovery” tab.

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4. Click on the Restore contacts card.

The "Data Recovery" tab on the iCloud website, with the "Restore Contacts" card highlighted.Click “Restore contacts.”

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5. In the pop-up window, find a recent backup that you want to restore and click the Restore button next to it.

The "Restore Contacts" tab on iCloud website, with the "Restore" button next to a backup highlighted.If there’s more than one backup, choose the one you want to restore.

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6. In the next pop-up, confirm your decision by clicking Restore again.

Your selected backup will replace all the contacts on your iPhone — it’s not possible to selectively restore just a selection of contacts from iCloud to your device. Any existing contacts on your iPhone will be backed up in a new backup archive to iCloud, though, making it possible to restore them again if you need to.

Important: To restore your contacts, your iPhone needs to be configured to back up regularly to iCloud.

You should also wait for the restore to complete on your iPhone before you make any additional changes to your contacts. If you add, remove, or edit any contacts while the restore is taking place, those changes could be overwritten or replaced by the restore process.

How to restore contacts without losing data after the latest backup

If you want to keep both your existing contacts and restore the ones from a recent backup, you can simply merge the contacts on iCloud with the one on your iPhone.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap your name at the top of the Settings screen to go to the Apple ID page.

The Settings app on iPhone, with the name of the user highlighted.Tap your name to go to the AppleID page.

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3. Tap iCloud.

4. In the Apps Using iCloud section, tap the toggle next to Contacts to turn it on – it will go from having a gray background to a green one. If it is already on, toggle it off – make sure you select Keep on My iPhone in the pop-up so your contacts are not erased – and then toggle on again.

The iCloud page on iPhone, with the "Contacts" toggle highlighted.Tap the toggle next to Contacts.

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Quick tip: If you don’t see the Contacts toggle right away, tap Show All to go to the Apps Using iCloud screen. You should be able to find it there.

The iCloud page on iPhone, with the "Show All" option highlighted.Tap “Show All.”

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5. In the pop-up, tap Merge to sync the contacts on iCloud with the ones on your iPhone.

Once the merge is complete, you should see the contact from iCloud appear in your contacts list on your iPhone, along with your existing contacts.

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