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How to Restore iCloud Contacts to iPhone and iPad


A lot of people use iCloud to back up their contacts hoping that iCloud lets you bring back your contacts to your new iPhone or iPad quickly. But it sometimes ends as a frustrating task as some people have been facing problems like missing a few contacts after getting them back from iCloud. If you are facing a similar problem or any other problem concerning iCloud backed up contacts, here is a method to restore all your contacts from your most recent iCloud back up in a few steps.

How to Recover Deleted iCloud Contacts to iPhone, iPad

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to iCloud

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  • Turn on the Contacts option in iCloud (if it’s already turned ON, turn it OFF then turn it ON again). This will start the re-download process.

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  • After this a dialog box appears asking whether to keep the existing contacts on your iPhone, iPad or Delete them.
  • Tap on the Delete option.

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  • Sometimes an additional option appears in this dialog called Merge the Contacts. If this appears for you choose this instead of Delete.
  • Now tap the Contacts app or the Phone app and check whether all of your contacts have been recovered.

This process might take a few minutes to make all your contacts appear on your phone. This fix works for the users who have the problem of missing contacts after having restored them to their iPhone or iPad using iCloud.


  1. Well, copy contacts via outlook is a kind of good way. However, you can also take an easy-handle method to recover your contacts via iTunes or iCloud backup files with the help of FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery.

    The whole process is easy and guaranteed.

  2. There’s a great possibility that some sync to cloud service is used, and the contacts on the cloud are gone. After the restore, the sync happens, then the contacts on iPhone 4 are also gone.
    So, try to disconnect the network, and then disable all the contact sync apps. When the app is found, reconnect the network.
    In addition, there are at least 6 ways to recover iPhone contacts:
    Using iPhone data recovery software to scan the iPhone or extract contacts from iTunes backup;
    Copy from old phone’s SIM card;
    Restore with iCloud;
    Sync with Google contacts…

    How to restore contacts on iphone

  3. I think restore iPhone contacts from iCloud backup files via iPhone Data Recovery is a good idea as well.
    iCloud data can be downloadedwith some specific steps. If you don’t know these steps, it is impossible to download your contacts. I also don’t know the way, iPhone Data Recovery can do for this. I once downloaded Photos from iCloud with it and it worked well.
    How to Restore Contacts from iCloud ?


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