How to Restore Contacts From iCloud Backup

Are you finding it difficult to restore contacts from iCloud backup on your Mac or iPhone ? Well, read on to find the easy solutions to get back the contacts from iCloud quickly.

There is no doubt that contacts are the most important element in a smartphone which helps us to keep in touch with our family, friends and colleagues. And, it wouldn’t be anything less than a horrible nightmare to lose them. Fortunately for Apple users, those terrifying dreams are no longer a reality with the invention of iCloud. Apple has designed its devices to be synced with an iCloud account whenever it gets the chance to do so. This way, a backup of your device, including contacts is being stored somewhere on the cloud servers, safe and secure.

If you wish to restore contacts from iCloud Backup, there are simple methods to do so, and there are much easier than the previous iTunes backup method on your iMac computer. iTunes did have a lot of issues with regards to data sync and restore, but that problem has been fixed with the introduction of iCloud. Here are some ways to restore contacts from iCloud Backup.

Also Read: Here are ways on How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone.

Quick and Simple Steps on How to Restore Contacts from iCloud Backup?

This feature is mainly used when a contact is deleted by mistake or lost into oblivion. As iCloud automatically syncs with your device whenever it is connected, there is no reason to fear. If you want to manually initiate the sync process of your device and iCloud account, you can always access the settings of iCloud and toggle between Off and ON. This will initiate force sync between iCloud and iPhone.

Also Read: How to Delete Backup From iCloud

How to Restore Contacts from iCloud Backup – Check for Backup

Your contacts can only be restored if the contacts were backed up in the first place. The steps to check your contacts back up are:

Step 1. Open your preferred browser and in the address bar on the top, type, and it will lead you to the iCloud website. Website link for

Step 2. Enter your Apple ID and password and click on the arrow. This will open your iCloud account.

Step 3. Click on Contacts. The page will load to display your contacts. If you see them, then they can be restored to your iPhone.


How to Restore Contacts from iCloud Backup – using iCloud Website

Now that we have confirmed that your contacts had been backed up on your iCloud account, follow these steps to restore contacts:

Step 1. If you have just checked your contacts, then you probably are signed into the iCloud account. Navigate back to the home page, and click on Account Settings.

Step 2. Locate Advanced and beneath it will be Restore Contacts. Click on it.


Step 3. A popup menu will open, listing many copies of your contact backups. Choose the file, you wish to be restored by viewing the date of the backup.

Step 4. This will start the process of restoring contacts from iCloud backup.

Note: When a restore of contacts is done from iCloud backup then all the contacts existing in the device are deleted and replaced by the contacts stored in the backup file.

Step 5. You will get a prompt warning to confirm the restore of contacts from iCloud backup. Click on Restore and wait until the process completes.

Step 6. The iCloud is programmed to create a new backup of the archive each time a restore of contacts from iCloud backup is attempted.

Also Read: Are You Facing Problem In Backing Up iPhone Data To iCloud?

That’s all there is to it. This method will restore lost contacts to all devices that are using iCloud, which means every device you have your iCloud account synced to will be restored with the Contacts backup. This convenience of iCloud allows you to restore contacts across all of your devices within a few minutes.

Also Read: 5 Best Duplicate Contact Remover Apps – Delete Duplicate Contacts in iPhone

How to Restore Contacts from iCloud Backup – using iPhone only

This is the simplest method to restore contacts from iCloud backup. It has worked many times, but the success rate is not 100%.

Step 1. Navigate to Settings on your iPhone.

Step 2. Access iCloud option.

Step 3. Locate and turn the toggle button for Contacts off. At the same time select the option ‘Keep on my iPhone‘.

Keep on my iPhone

Step 4. After 10 secs, Turn the toggle switch on for Contact and now select Merge.

Wait for some time, and your deleted contacts will be restored back.

Also Read: How To Delete iCloud Backups From Your iPhone

How to Restore Contacts from iCloud Backup – by vCard File

This method only works if you have exported a vCard file from iCloud and stored it on your computer. It is also a recommended way to transfer contacts between cross-platform devices. Apple has allowed its users to export contacts stored as iCloud backup to a vCard file. Once you have the file from a different source, you can sign in your iCloud and import this file and then sync with your current iPhone.vCard file

How to Restore Contacts from iCloud Backup – the final word

I believe now that you have understood all the methods to restore contacts from iCloud Backup, you have realized how quick and simple it is as well secured with a 100% chance of recovering all your contacts. I recommend using the iCloud Backup method as it has many archives stored in the cloud storage, and you are bound to get the right one. Do share your thoughts on which method you think is the best and also suggest if there are other ways of restoring contacts from iCloud Backup.

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    Mansi Vijay
    How do I transfer everything to a new iPhone?

    4 years ago
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      Dheeraj Manghnani
      Hi Mansi, first of all, congratulations on your new iPhone!. There are two ways you can transfer all your data to your new iPhone. The first way, if you have the old device with you, then you can use Apple’s Migration Tool to facilitate a smooth transfer. For more information on how to do that, you can read this article. ( The other way, if you no longer have the older device with you, is to take a complete backup of your iPhone on iCloud and then log in with the same account on the new device, and it will automatically restore all the data from the backup. Hope that helps and to stay updated about technology, do subscribe to our notifications, and follow us on social media.

      4 years ago
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    Is there any free way to increase icloud storage without paying monthly and annual subscription

    4 years ago
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      Dheeraj Manghnani
      Hi Christy, Unfortunately, there is no way to increase the iCloud storage for free. As per the current prices, the cheapest monthly plan is 50Gb for $1, followed by 200GB for $3 and finally 2000GB for $10. Apple does offer free storage and discounts to its existing users during the festive season. There is no specific date determined to avail these offers and all we can do is to wait and watch.

      4 years ago

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