2023 Author: Gordon Kinson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 08:36
Sometimes iOS users face the need to restore their contact list from iCloud to iPhone or iPad. In most cases, this is due to the purchase of a new smartphone (tablet) or resetting the device to factory settings. Also, sometimes you might accidentally turn off syncing for contacts in the iCloud section of your device.
Below are some of the simplest steps required to recover contacts on iPhone or iPad from Apple cloud storage.
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How to properly delete contacts from iPhone or iPad
When you delete a contact from your iPhone or iPad while syncing with iCloud is enabled, it is automatically deleted from the cloud as well.
You need to delete contacts from the device, but at the same time, so that they remain in iCloud. To do this, go to the Apple ID section (the topmost one in Settings) and at the very bottom click on the "Sign out" button.
From the options provided, select Sign Out of iCloud and Store or Sign Out of iCloud.
When asked by the system about what to do with the contacts on the device, answer "Delete", thereby you delete contacts from the iPhone or iPad, but leave them in iCloud.
How to Recover Contacts on iPhone or iPad
1. Check for iCloud contacts by visiting icloud.com from your computer (requires Apple ID input).
The list of available contacts will be located in the Contacts section. If desired, add new contacts in the same place (the "+" button in the lower left corner). All of them will appear on the iOS device after setting up synchronization.
2. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Select the Apple ID section (at the very top), go to the iCloud section and log in with your Apple ID.
Note. If you have already been logged in and the "Contacts" switch is activated, but contacts are not displayed in the Phone application, deactivate it. After that, a message will appear in which the user will be asked whether to save contacts on the iPhone (iPad) or delete them. Select "Remove from iPhone".
If the Contacts switch is already deactivated (off), follow the next step.
3. Activate the "Contacts" switch. A pop-up message will appear. Select Merge contacts to merge contacts on your device with contacts in iCloud, or Delete from iPhone (iPad) to delete them from your device.
Your contacts will begin downloading from iCloud to your device. Please note, contacts will not appear immediately. It may take several minutes to sync.
How to Recover Deleted iCloud Contacts on iPhone or iPad
If contacts have been deleted from iCloud, then Apple allows you to restore them within 30 days. In order to recover deleted contacts, use this instruction.
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