How to Restore Contacts from iCloud? - 4 Easy and Effective Ways


"Somehow, I lost some of my contacts (or I went back to the older version of contacts). The contacts were lost even from iCloud. I tried going to the account settings and restoring to an older contacts archive, but nothing happened. Any solution please?"

- Posted by Ziden in Apple Discussions

iPhone contacts are paramount for greeting friends, negotiating business, or booking VIP services. What if you lost important contacts from your device or switched to a new iPhone 15? How to get my contacts from iCloud? Don't worry. Here's what you can do to restore contacts from iCloud.

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Way 1. How to Restore iPhone Contacts from iCloud via Settings

One easy way to restore contacts from iCloud is through Settings. By default, contacts are configured to synchronize with iCloud. If needed, you can navigate to Settings to toggle the sync feature off and then back on to reestablish synchronization with your iPhone. It's free, but you will not be able to preview and get back only the wanted contacts. Here is how to restore contacts on iPhone via Settings:

Step 1. Navigate to "Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud".

Step 2. Disable the "Contacts" option and choose "Keep on My iPhone".

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Step 3. Re-enable the "Contacts" option and opt for the "Merge" setting. Allow some time, and you should observe the restored contacts back on your iPhone.

how to restore contacts on iphone via settings

If the Contacts toggle is not immediately visible, tap "Show All" to access the "Apps Using iCloud" screen. You should be able to locate it there.

Way 2. How to Recover Contacts from iCloud Website

Another way to restore iCloud contacts is via icloud.com. You can operate from any browser. Here is how to restore contacts from iCloud via the iCloud website:

Step 1. Visit icloud.com from a computer browser and sign in with the Apple ID credentials you use to back up your contacts.

Step 2. If you have enabled the two-factor authentication, enter the code you receive on a credible device.

Step 3. On icloud.com, click "Account Settings" > "Advanced" > "Restore Contacts".

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Step 4. Select an archive of contacts to restore and tap the "Restore" button next to it.

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Way 3. How to Retrieve Contacts from iCloud Backup

If you've created a backup of your iPhone in iCloud, your contacts are automatically included. To restore your contacts, simply initiate the restoration of your iPhone using the iCloud backup.

However, it will perform a factory reset on your iPhone, replacing the current data with the backed-up data. Additionally, it will restore all the data from the backup rather than selectively restoring specific contacts. If you don't mind, follow the steps below to restore contacts from iCloud backup:

Step 1. Go to "Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud" > "Manage Storage" > "Backups" to ensure that you have the most recent backup file first.

Step 2. Return to the "Settings" screen and click "General" > "Reset" > "Erase All Content and Settings". Then, confirm the operation with your passcode.

erase all data to restore old contacts from icloud

Step 3. Your iPhone will restart once it finishes resetting. Follow the on-screen prompts to set it up as new until you reach the "Apps & Data" screen.

Step 4. On the "Apps & Data" screen, click the "Restore from iCloud Backup" option and enter your Apple ID and passcode. After that, choose a backup file and hit the "Restore" button to restore the full iCloud backup content to your device.

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Way 4. How to Restore Contacts from iCloud Without Losing Existing Content (Preview Allowed)

Apple provides several official approaches to help you recover contacts from iCloud without a hassle. Nevertheless, you will find that you cannot restore only the desired contacts to your iPhone nor keep the existing iPhone data secure. Therefore, a more user-friendly way is needed at the moment.

Coolmuster iCloud Backup Recovery is ideal for restoring contacts from iCloud without overwriting the existing iPhone content under various data loss scenarios. What's more user-friendly is that it allows you to preview everything in the iCloud backup file and restore the wanted items only.

Key Features:

  • One-click to restore contacts and other data from iCloud backup to a computer in a readable format.
  • Directly select detailed files from your iCloud backup without connecting your iPhone.
  • Preview contact info and select the desired contacts to restore.
  • No loss of quality in the recovery process.
  • Support various file types, including contacts, photos, note attachments, reminders, and calendars.
  • Support Windows 11/10/8/7.

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Here is how to use Coolmuster iCloud Backup Recovery to restore contacts from iCloud:

01Install and launch the recovery software on your computer. Then log in to your Apple ID, enter the code that you received on your iOS device for the verification, and hit "Verify".

sign in with your apple id

02Pick the data types and tap "Next". The program will scan your iCloud backup data.

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03After that, choose "Contacts" on the left panel and tick off the contacts you wish to restore after the preview. Finally, tap the "Recover to Computer" button at the bottom-right corner to restore them to your computer.

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Video Tutorial:

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Wrapping Up

You can use any way above to restore contacts from iCloud. Since Apple's solutions don't let you selectively restore the wanted contacts without data loss, you can select Coolmuster iCloud Backup Recovery if you prefer to preview the contact list before restoring any items from iCloud. Moreover, you can also get them from the iPhone without backup if you cannot find them in the iCloud backup file. It's all up to you.

If you have anything to let us know, don't hesitate to leave a comment below.

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