Easiest Way to Restore Contacts from iCloud

Using iCloud to back up contacts and other iPhone data is the choice for most Apple users. If you have saved many important iPhone files, or you are the one who love to record daily life with iPhone, then you can turn on iCloud Backup to make a copy automatically. The only thing you need to check is how much iCloud cloud storage space you have owned. So when you delete iPhone contacts by mistake, you can restore contacts from iCloud entirely or selectively. No matter you need to restore contacts from iCloud to a new iPhone, or get deleted contacts back without factory reset, this article will always show you the best solution.

Restore Contacts from iCloud

Part 1: How to Restore Contacts from iCloud with iCloud Contacts Recovery

Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery offers three contacts recovery methods. You can get deleted contacts back from any iOS device, iTunes backups or iCloud backups selectively. As for restoring contacts from iCloud backup, iPhone Data Recovery enables users to preview and select which contact to restore freely. What's more, all latest iPhone models are supported including iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/SE/6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus/5c/5s/5/4S, iPad Pro, iPad Air/mini and iPod. To figure out what the iCloud contacts recovery app can do for you, read the following descriptions.

iCloud Contacts Recovery

  • Selectively restore contacts from iCloud backup without resetting
  • Restore contacts and other iOS data from any iOS device
  • Get deleted or lost contacts back from your iTunes backup
  • Preview iCloud and iTunes backup files before restoring contacts
  • Highly compatible with iOS 10.3 and iOS 11
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How to Restore Contacts from iCloud Backup on Computer

Note: Do not connect iPhone to computer during restoring deleted contacts from iCloud process, or else your iCloud backup file will be modified or updated.

Step 1. Sign in your iCloud account

Launch iPhone Data Recovery on your Windows or Mac computer. Enter "Recover from iCloud Backup File" mode. Use your Apple ID and password to sign in to iCloud. Then you can see all your previous iCloud backup files. Click "Download" button besides the latest iCloud backup.

Sign in to iCloud

Step 2. Download iPhone contacts from iCloud backup

You can see many file types listed in the popping-up window from iPhone Data Recovery. Choose "Contacts" under "Message & Contacts" menu to restore contacts from iCloud to iPhone. It is also available to select other files types to download from iCloud backup together if necessary. Press "Next" to keep downloading or scan contacts from downloaded iCloud Backup.

Download iPhone Contacts

Step 3. Restore contacts from iCloud backup selectively

Choose "Contacts" category in the left panel. Select the certain iCloud contact and then preview related information carefully. If you want to restore all deleted contacts from iCloud backup, trigger "Only display the deleted item" into "On" state. After you have selected iCloud contacts, press "Recover" button below. Do not forget to set which folder you want to save restored iPhone contacts, and choose output iPhone contact formats from CSV, HTML and VCF.

You can use the above iCloud contacts recovery app to get other deleted iPhone files back including photos, videos, messages, call logs and other 19 kinds of data. If you fail to back up iPhone contacts with iCloud, then try "Recover from iOS Device" mode to restore iPhone contacts without iCloud backup.

Pros and Cons of Restoring Contacts from iCloud Contacts Recovery

  • Selectively restore contacts from iCloud backup to computer
  • Preview deleted or lost iCloud contacts before restoring
  • No iPhone factory reset and remain other iPhone files intact
  • Charge certain fees to get the full version of iCloud contacts recovery

Part 2: How to Restore iCloud Contacts on iPhone Directly

If you need to transfer contacts from the old iPhone to the new one, then you can restore contacts on iPhone from iCloud backup directly. Both and iCloud settings are available to get deleted iPhone contacts back. And this part will show you steps to restore contacts from iCloud without computer.

How to Restore Contacts from iCloud Backup to New iPhone

Step 1. Erase all content and settings on your iPhone

Turn on your iPhone and open "Settings" app. Choose "General" and scroll down to click "Reset". Tap "Erase All Content and Settings". Type your passcode and hit "Erase iPhone" to factory reset your iPhone.

Step 2. Restore iCloud contacts on iPhone entirely

Your iPhone will restart automatically. Select "Restore from iCloud Backup" in the "Set up your iPhone" page. Sign in to iCloud and choose one iCloud backup file to download. Wait until iCloud contents restoring process completed.

How to Restore Contacts from iCloud Backup on Current iPhone

Step 1. Turn off contacts on your iPhone

Open "Setting" and then select "iCloud". Sign in your iCloud account and password. Turn off "Contacts" and choose "Keep on My iPhone".

Step 2. Merge iCloud contacts to iPhone

Make sure you have a good Internet connection. Turn on "Contacts" on your iPhone. And then tap "Merge" to merge both your iCloud backup and current iPhone contacts.

Pros and Cons of Restoring Contacts from iCloud on iPhone Directly

  • Restore contacts from iCloud to new iPhone entirely
  • Totally free to get deleted or lost contacts back to iPhone
  • No preview window to check iCloud contact information
  • Only restore contacts from iCloud entirely


If you just bought a new released iPhone X/8/8 Plus and need to transfer contacts to the new iPhone, then you can use both above methods to achieve. However, for other situations, using iPhone Data Recovery to restore contacts from iCloud backup is better. Just as mentioned above, you have more choices to customize and select iPhone contacts to output to computer. No data loss and iCloud contacts recovery limitations you will suffer. So using iPhone Data Recovery to restore iCloud contacts to iPhone is obviously the easiest method.

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