You may probably want to know:
1. Will I lose my contacts if I update my iPhone to iOS 8?
The fact is this is an uncertainty event. Statistics shows that, more than 80 percent users who updated iOS 7 lost all contacts, and contacts missing also happened to some users who have upgraded iOS 8 version. Moreover, some of them are not only lost contacts, but other files like photos, text messages, notes, calendar etc. Therefore, you have better to backup data before update iPhone to iOS 8.
2. Contacts have all disappeared since I downloaded iOS 8, is there any way to get them back?
Sure! This guide will take you through the process of iOS 8 lost contacts recovery.
NOTE: If you forgot to backup your iPhone, please stop using your iPhone as much as possible to prevent the lost data being overwritten.
Generally speaking, iPhone data can be recovered through iTunes backup, via iCloud backup and even without backup. However, the backup file created on iOS 7 can’t be restored to iOS 8 devices that the backup restore instruction on Apple support doesn’t work. Then should we still back up data on iTunes or iCloud? Yes, a third-party tool is able to restore data from backup without limitation of iOS version. Tenorshare iPhone Data Recovery is the best data recovery software to rescue data lost on iOS 8/7 update, accidentally deletion, factory reset, jailbreak etc. Below I will state how to restore iPhone contacts lost on iOS 8/iOS 8.1/iOS 8.1.1 update with Tenorshare iPhone data recovery program with 3 ways.
Run program and you can see the interface as below (Windows version):
Part 1: How to Recover iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup After iOS 8 Update
Don’t sync your iPhone with iTunes until get your contacts back. Now, what you need to do is:
- Switch to the recovery mode of “Recover Data from iTunes Backup File”, and check the iTunes backup file need to extract contacts from all the found backup files, and then click “Start Scan”.
- No need to waiting, all the data in backup will be scanned immediately. Navigate to the left, and click on “Contacts” list, preview contacts before recovery.
- Mark those missing contacts on iOS 8, and click “Recover” button to save contacts on computer.
This recovery mode offers 3 free contacts recovery in trial version, please try it first before decide whether to get the full version.
Part 2: How to Restore iPhone Contacts Lost on iOS 8 Upgrade from iCloud Backup
Using iPhone data recovery to restore iCloud backup is save much time and trouble. Let’s see how simple it is.
The first step: click on “Recover Data from iCloud Backup File” recovery mode, and then enter your iCloud username and password. After sign-in you’ll be taken to the iCloud backup file list page.
The second step: hit the iCloud backup file which contains the lost contacts, click “Next” button to download this iCloud backup. After the backup file is totally downloaded, this program will start to scan data automatically.
The last step: Preview and select any contacts you need to recover and just check “All” and click “Recover” to finish.
Part 3: How to Retrieve iPhone Contacts after Updating to iOS 8 without Backup
Most iPhone users hardly ever thought they would lose data after iOS upgrade that they haven’t backed up. Never mind, Tenorshare iPhone data recovery is powerful. Here is how it works:
-Select the first recovery mode “Recover Data from iOS Device”.
-Connect iPhone with computer via data cable, and the program will start to scan once the phone is distinguished. It may take you few minutes and more to scan the phone.
-When the scan is over, preview and retrieve lost contacts.
Prompt: If you have missed to back up data before iOS 8 update, then don’t forget to backup your iPhone before Jailbreak. And if unfortunately your lost iPhone, iPad contacts again after jailbreak, then the ways above is also applicable to recover iPhone data after iOS 8 Jailbreak.