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How to recover contacts from iPhone without backup

by Dennis Mathu
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We have all had the misfortune of deleting something accidentally, sometimes the deleting is done by your friend or your younger sibling unknowingly, other times a virus or a system crash is to blame. When this happens, worry not, there is a handy solution called ‘dr.fone Recover’ (pronounced as Doctor Phone) that can bring back all your lost data.

dr.fone can recover data from your device, iTunes and even iCloud. It is not only an iPhone photo recovery software, but it can also handle all types of files including contacts, reminders, notes, WhatsApp, KIK and Viber content. All this is done in 3 simple steps; connect, scan, recover. Here’s the procedure in detail.

Step 1: Connect Your iOS Device with Your Computer

After you download and install the dr.fone software, connect your iPhone to the PC using the USB cable. Once that is done, launch dr.fone then click “Recover”; you will get the inteface below.

Here’s the interface you get once the iPhone gets detected

Tip: Before launching dr.fone , you should be having the latest iTunes installed and the auto-sync feature turned off. To turn off auto-sync, launch iTunes> Preferences > Device – tick the option labelled “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically”

Step 2: Scan your Device for Lost Data

Once dr.fone connects to your iPhone, it will provide you with categories of all data that can be recovered, simply click on “Start Scan” to let the software scan your device for deleted data.

Note: the duration of the scanning process will vary depending on the amount of data you have on your iPhone, the bigger the data, the longer it takes.

Tip: In case you notice that dr.fone Recover has already scanned through the data you are looking for, you can click “Pause” button to stop the scanning process.

Step 3: Preview and Recover Scanned Data

Once scanning is complete, data that was existing and the once that was deleted will be displayed. dr.fone Recover allows you to filter out the results by swiping on the option labelled “Only display the deleted items”. You can sieve further by clicking selecting the specific file type you want on the left column. If you want to be more exact, you can enter the name of the item you are looking for at the search box on the top left. Once you have selected the items you want to recover- by checking the box on them- you can now go ahead and click “Recover to Computer”

Tip: After you click the “Recover” button, the data is saved to the computer by default. However, items such as text messages, iMessage, contacts, or notes can be saved to your device. To do this, click the recovery button, a pop up will appear, from this pop-up, select “Recover to Device” and the dr.fone software will route them to your device.

Try it for free

As you have seen, dr.fone Recover goes far beyond iPhone photo recovery. It is a powerful solution whose ease of use is unrivaled. So grab yourself the software and recover those lost moments. The company is gracious enough to give you a free trial version for you to check out today.


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