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4 Easy Ways to Restore Contacts from iCloud [100% Working]

Losing the contacts on your iPhone can be devastating, especially if you need to call someone urgently. Luckily, if you have a backup of the contacts in iCloud, restoring them back on to the device should be an easy process. Ready to retrieve contacts from iCloud but don’t know the detailed steps? Here this post will show you 4 easy ways to restore iPhone contacts from iCloud.

Way 1: Selectively Recover Contacts from iCloud Backup

If you have deleted only a few contacts on your iPhone, it doesn’t make sense to restore the entire iCloud backup on to the device. It may be more prudent to find a way to gain access to the backup file and then select only the missing contacts to restore. While this process may seem complicated, there is a third-party tool that is designed to make the process very easy - FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery. It allows you to access your iCloud backup file and restore only needed contacts.

This iPhone Recovery software has numerous features that make it an ideal solution. Some of them include the following:

  • It can extract and recover data from both iCloud and iTunes backup files.
  • You are able to preview the data on the backup before recovery and selectively recover what you need.
  • It can scan your iPhone/iPad directly and recover contacts without backup.
  • Not only contacts, it can also recover deleted messages, photos, notes, WhatsApp, Viber, voice memos, Safari history and much more data.
  • It is very easy to use and requires no tech knowledge. You can complete the recovery process in a few simple clicks.
  • The program is compatible with the newest iOS 13 and works for all iOS devices including iPhone 11/11 Pro, iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, etc.


Follow these steps to recover contacts from iCloud selectively:

Step 1: The iPhone Backup Extractor is available for both Windows PC and Mac. Download the right version to your computer and install it, then launch it and click on “Recover” in the main window.

iphone recovery

Step 2: Choose “Recover from iCloud Backup File” and then sign in using your Apple ID and password. Once you’ve signed in, the software will detect and list all backup files in your account.

sign in icloud

Step 3: Select the backup file that contains the contacts you want to restore and click “Download”. In the popup that appears, select “Contacts” as the type of file to download. Then click “Next” to continue.

select icloud backup

Step 4: All the contacts in that backup will be populated on the next window. Preview and select the contacts you would like to restore, then choose to either “Recover to Computer” or “Recover to Device”.

preview photos icloud

Way 2: Restore Contacts in iCloud Settings

If you’ve enabled iCloud Contacts, all contacts on your iPhone will be automatically archived in iCloud. When accidentally deleted them on your device, you can easily get them back by restoring from an earlier version of contacts in iCloud. Here’s how you can do that:

  • Step 1: Go to iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID and password. Once logged in, click on the Settings (gear) icon.
  • Step 2: In the Advanced section, click “Restore Contacts” and you will find all archived contacts listed by the date and time.
  • Step 3: Select the version you would like to restore depending on the date they were archived and then click “Restore”.

restore iphone contacts from icloud

If you’ve added new contacts to your iPhone, they will be lost and replaced. Luckily, these new contacts are archived in iCloud when you restore from an earlier version. And you can follow the steps above to restore the most recent version.

Way 3: Sync All Contacts from iCloud to iPhone

Another free way you can try to restore the contacts back on to your iPhone is to sync all contacts from iCloud to the device. You can directly go to Settings and turn the contacts off and back on again. Follow these simple steps to do it:

  • Step 1: Open the Settings on your iPhone and tap on [your name], then select “iCloud”.
  • Step 2: Turn off “Contacts” and select “Keep on My iPhone” when prompted.
  • Step 3: Now turn on “Contacts” and choose “Merge” to merge the contacts on the device with the backup available in iCloud.

sync contacts from icloud to iphone

In a few minutes you should see new contacts on your iPhone which will hopefully include the missing ones.

Way 4: Fully Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

And of course you can choose to restore the whole iCloud backup on to your iPhone. While this method may get your contacts back on to the device, you will have to erase the device to complete the process which may cause new data loss problems. Here’s how to fully restore your iPhone from an iCloud backup file:

Step 1: The first thing you need to do is erase all the contents and settings on your iPhone. To do that, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings. Enter your passcode and wait for the device to be erased.

erase all content and settings

Step 2: When the device restarts, follow the on-screen instructions to set it up as new. Select “Restore from iCloud Backup” and then sign in to your account. Choose a backup to restore and then keep the device connected to a Wi-Fi network until the process is complete.


If you have lost some important contacts on your iPhone, you can use one of the methods above to restore the contacts back. We recommend selecting a solution that is both easy to use and effective for your particular situation and then follow the instructions we’ve laid out to implement the restore fully.

Meanwhile, we suggest you try to backup iPhone data with FoneGeek iOS Data Backup & Restore. Compared with iTunes, this tool enables you to flexible access the backup files and selectively restore backup to your device. Anyway, please feel free to share your thoughts on this subject and any other iOS related issues in the comments section below and we’ll do our best to help.

Edwin J. Parke

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.

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