Retrieve iPhone Contacts from a Backup

If you're unable to access contacts on your iPhone, perhaps because your device has been lost or stolen, or has a broken screen, you may be able to extract them from a backup of your device.

iTunes (or Finder in macOS Catalina or higher) creates a backup of your iPhone whenever your device is connected to your computer and unlocked. Your contacts will be saved as part of this backup, so that you can restore your iPhone from backup should you need to in the future. iBackup Extractor allows you to view contacts in your iPhone backup and extract them to your computer, ready to copy to your new phone or Outlook.

How to Extract Contacts from your iPhone Backup

  1. If you don't already have iBackup Extractor installed, download and install it by clicking the link below.
  2. Start up iBackup Extractor by double-clicking the iBackup Extractor icon on your desktop.
  3. Select a backup from the list which you would like to access.
  4. To view and retrieve contacts from your backup, click "Contacts" in the iBackup Extractor category list.
  5. Select the contact you would like to extract, and click "Copy as VCard"(PC) or "Copy to Mac".
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With iBackup Extractor, you can view and copy contacts from backups of any iOS device - your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. You can even copy contacts to Windows Contacts, Microsoft Outlook (PC), or Address Book (Mac) directly. Continue reading through the guide below to find out how to transfer contacts copied by iBackup Extractor to another iOS device.

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Retrieving your iOS Device Contacts

iBackup Extractor allows you to export your contact information from a backup as vCards, so that you can import and use your contacts in other programs. vCards are files which store contact information about a person or company. These files can be read and used by just about any Address Book or E-Mail program available. For example, vCards can be generated or imported into Windows Address Book, Outlook Express, Yahoo address book etc.

To copy your contacts from a backup of your device, select contacts from the list of contacts in iBackup Extractor and click the "Copy as vCard" button on PC or "Copy to Mac". If you'd like to select all of your Contacts, use the Ctrl+A (or cmd+A on Mac) key combination shortcut. Then, simply select the location and folder you want to save your vCards into. With iBackup Extractor you can create a separate Contacts folder to save your contacts to.

How to import saved vCards to a different iPhone, iPod or iPad

Once you have copied your contacts as vCards using iBackup Extractor, you can import these vCards to your email or your address book program. To import to Microsoft Outlook, open the folder where iBackup Extractor saved your contacts to and select them all using the Ctrl+A (or cmd+A on Mac) key combination. Finally, you can drag and drop them to Contacts in Outlook. Outlook will open each contact so that you can click on the Save and Close button to save each contact to your Outlook Contacts.

Now, to transfer your saved contacts from your computer to your iOS device, you can use the iTunes or Finder sync function. To do this, connect your iOS device to your computer, open iTunes (or Finder if you are using macOS Catalina or higher) and select your device. Click on the Info tab and make sure "Sync Contacts" is checked, choose your address book program and click on the "Sync" button.

Copying Contacts to Windows Contacts

To copy contacts directly to your Contacts folder on a Windows computer select the contacts required and click, "Copy to Windows Contacts". iBackup Extractor will export the selected contacts to your Windows Contacts.

Copying Contacts to Microsoft Outlook

To copy contacts to Microsoft Outlook directly, please select the required contacts from the list in iBackup Extractor and click, "Copy to Outlook".

Copying Contacts to Mac Address Book

Copying contacts directly to your Address Book on Mac is just as easy. Select the contacts you wish to copy and click the Copy to Address Book icon Copy Contacts to Address Book icon . iBackup Extractor will export the selected contacts to your Mac Address Book.