How to backup contacts on iphone

Contacts are one of the most important types of data that we keep on our iPhones. What’s the point of having an iPhone if you can’t communicate with anyone, right? So keeping them safe should be on everyone’s priority list. If your iPhone gets stolen or broken beyond repair, having a recent backup file will definitely save you. That’s why it’s vital to regularly backup your iPhone contacts. It will save you from a lot of stress.

Most people have hundreds of contacts saved to their phone. It’s worth taking a few minutes of your time to consider your backups options. It’s pretty easy to re-install all of your apps on a new iPhone but you may never recover all of your contacts if your iTunes backups are not up to date.

iTunes will create automatically these backup files if you didn’t change the default settings. So here are the steps that you need to go through for creating a backup of your iPhone contacts with iTunes. Keep in mind that the backed up contacts can’t be accessed or restored selectively.

What you need in order to backup your iPhone Contacts to iTunes:

  • Your iPhone and computer
  • iTunes installed on your PC
  • A USB cable

How to back up apps, contacts, photos and media files on the iPhone 8 Plus

Backing up your iPhone means that you will create a copy of your information to use in case your device gets damaged, lost, or replaced. You may opt to back up your iPhone through iCloud or iTunes, as you would prefer.

Creating backup through iCloud will require a Wi-Fi connection. With that said, make sure that Wi-Fi is enabled and that your device is connected to the Internet. After ensuring that your device is connected, proceed with these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Home screen.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. If prompted, sign in with your Apple ID.
  4. Tap iCloud to continue.
  5. Tap the slider next to the apps you want to backup.
  6. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and then tap iCloud Backup app.
  7. If disabled, tap the iCloud Backup option to enable it.
  8. Tap Back Up Now to start backing up of the selected apps.

Wait until the backup is finished. Your apps will then be available on iCloud.

Back up iPhone 8 Plus apps through iTunes

Another alternative media storage for you to select when backing up your iPhone apps in iTunes. This method requires a computer that runs the latest version of iTunes app. Then follow the steps to proceed with the apps backup creation.

  1. Open iTunes on the computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone 8 Plus to the computer using the supplied USB cable.
  3. If prompted, enter the correct passcode for your iPhone or select Trust This Computer then follow the onscreen instructions.
  4. Select your iPhone 8 Plus from the list of available devices in iTunes.
  5. Navigate to the Summary section and then tap Apps from the list.
  6. Select This computer to create the backup of your selected apps on the computer. Otherwise, click iCloud to backup the contacts to iCloud.
  7. Click Back Up Now and then wait until the backup is successfully completed.

How to backup iPhone 8 Plus contacts

Contacts are among the most important contents on your iPhone that you should create backup for. Backing up of contacts on your iPhone 8 Plus can be done through iCloud or iTunes, as you would prefer. Here’s how it’s done.

Again, you will need a Wi-Fi connection to carry out the process. Proceed with the following steps after making sure that your device is connected to the Internet.

  1. Navigate to the Home screen.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap your Apple ID at the top of the list.
  4. If prompted, sign in with your Apple ID to proceed.
  5. Tap iCloud.
  6. Tap Contacts to toggle the switch to ON.
  7. If prompted, select the option to Merge contacts with iCloud.
  8. Tap the iCloud Backup app located at the bottom of the list.
  9. If disabled, tap to turn on iCloud Backup option.
  10. Tap Back Up Now to continue.

Wait until the backup is finished. All your contacts should now have a separate backup on iCloud.

Back up iPhone 8 Plus contacts through iTunes

If you prefer to use iTunes to backup your contacts information on your iPhone, you will need a computer (Windows or Mac) that has the latest version of iTunes app installed. Then follow these steps once everything ready.

  1. Open iTunes on the computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone 8 Plus to the computer using the supplied USB cable.
  3. If prompted, enter the correct passcode for your iPhone or select Trust This Computer then follow the onscreen instructions.
  4. Select your iPhone 8 Plus from the list of available devices in iTunes.
  5. Navigate to the Summary section and then tap Contacts from the list.
  6. Select This computer to create the backup of your selected contacts on the computer. Otherwise, click iCloud to backup the contacts to iCloud.
  7. Click Back Up Now and then wait until the backup is successfully completed.

How to backup photos and media files on your iPhone 8 Plus

Photos and media files do take up huge space of your iPhone’s internal memory. The more files of these types you store, the faster the memory could become full. This is why it’s highly recommended to backup or move these files to either iCloud or iTunes. Doing so will free up more space on your iPhone’s internal storage, allowing it to accommodate new processes and services without showing performance issues.

You can back up photos and media files through iCloud from your phone for as long as it’s connected to the Internet.

How to backup photos and media files on iPhone 8 Plus through iCloud

  1. Navigate to the Home screen.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap your Apple ID at the top of the list.
  4. If prompted, enter your Apple ID to sign in.
  5. Tap iCloud to continue.
  6. Tap Photos.
  7. Tap the slider next to iCloud Photo Library to enable it.
  8. Tap iCloud to go back to the previous screen.
  9. Scroll to the bottom of the list and then tap the iCloud Backup app.
  10. If disabled, tap iCloud Backup to enable it.
  11. Tap Back Up Now to start the backup process of your photos.

Wait until the backup is complete and your photos now have separate copies on iCloud.

Back up photos and media files on your iPhone 8 Plus through iTunes

Apple offers a dedicated app for iOS device management called iTunes. With iCloud, you can download more contents from the App Store or iTunes Store, upgrade to the latest iOS version, back up and restore iOS on your iPhone. To carry out these things, you need to secure a computer with the latest version of iTunes app installed. Once you have everything set, proceed with the following steps to backup your iPhone 8 Plus photos and media files with iTunes.

  1. Open iTunes on the computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer using the supplied USB cable/high speed connector.
  3. If prompted, enter the correct passcode for your device or select the option to Trust This Computer. Then follow the onscreen instructions to continue.
  4. Select your iPhone 8 Plus from the list of available devices in iTunes.
  5. Navigate to the Summary section and then click Photos from the list.
  6. Navigate to the Backups section on the right panel and then click This Computer. Doing so will create a backup of your selected photos on the computer. Otherwise, click iCloud if you want the backup of your photos to be stored on iCloud.
  7. Click Back Up Now to start the backup process.

Wait the backup process is finished.

Once it’s complete, you can navigate to iTunes Preferences-> Devices, to see if your backup was successfully created. If you are using a Windows computer, you can view this information by choosing Edit-> Preferences-> Devices from the menu bar at the top of the screen. You should then see the name of your device (iPhone 8 Plus) with the date and time that iTunes created the backup.

How to restore backup files on your iPhone 8 plus from iCloud or iTunes

The location of your backup files vary depending on the backup method you used. If you used iTunes to create the backup, you can find it in a specific directory or folder. However, the file path may vary depending on which computer you are using (Mac or Windows).

To restore backup apps, contacts, photos and media contents on your iPhone 8 Plus, you will need to reload the software and complete the initial setup process. You can restore backups through your iPhone settings or a computer through iTunes.

How to restore from an iCloud backup

If you already set up your device, you need to erase all of its contents before you proceed with the subsequent steps to restore from your backup.

  1. Follow the onscreen setup steps until you get to the Apps & Data screen.
  2. Tap Restore from iCloud Backup.
  3. Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID.
  4. Select your preferred backup.
  5. If prompted, enter your Apple ID to sign in to your account and continue to restore your apps and contents.

Wait until the restore process is complete and then finish the setup process to start using your device again. Contents including your apps, photos, music and other information will continue to restore in the background for as long as your device is connected to the Internet and turned on.

How to restore from an iTunes backup

  1. Open iTunes on the computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone 8 Plus to the computer using the supplied USB cable.
  3. If prompted, enter the passcode for your device or select the option to Trust This Computer then follow the onscreen instructions.
  4. Select your iPhone 8 Plus from the list of devices in iTunes.
  5. Click the Restore Backup button in iTunes.
  6. Locate and select the backup file you want to use.
  7. Click Restore and wait for the restore process to finish.

Be sure to keep your iPhone 8 Plus connected after it reboots and then wait for it to sync with your computer. Once the syncing is complete, you can disconnect your iPhone.

A more detailed, separate content on how to backup restore your iPhone 8 Plus with iCloud and iTunes will be covered in our next set of iPhone 8 Plus tutorials. Keep posted.

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Method 2: Rescue Your Contacts via iPhone Messages App

This trick that only few people know can help to recover some of the iPhone contacts – at least the ones you often keep contact with.

  1. Tap on the iPhone Messages and create a new message
  2. In the “To” field, type the name or number of the contact that you deleted from phone book.
  3. Most probably the contact info of number and name will pop and then tap the “i” circle to Create New Contact based on the number.
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Rescue Your Contacts via iPhone Messages App

Method 3: Retrieve Deleted iPhone Contacts from Google Contacts or Other Cloud Services

If you’ve synced your contacts to your Google account or other Cloud Services, follow these steps to restore them to your iPhone.

  1. Tap on “Settings” > “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” > “Add Account” > “Google” or other Cloud Services.
  2. Enter your Google email address and password. Then “Sign in” and tap “Allow”.
  3. Turn on the “Contacts” switch and tap “Save” in the top right corner.

Retrieve Deleted iPhone Contacts from Google Contacts or Other Cloud Services

Method 4: Recover Deleted or Lost Contacts from iPhone/iTunes with Freeware

Contacts disappeared from iPhone but you cannot salvage your phone book via the means above? Don’t worry. Free iPhone Recovery can help you to recover lost contacts from iPhone or iTunes backup. It is a free but useful iPhone data recovery software to recover photos, SMS, contacts, WhatsApp and more data on iPhone 6s(plus)/6(plus)/SE/5s/5/4s/4/3GS. Download it and have a try!win-bt     mac-btTo Restore Lost/Disappeared Contacts on iPhone:

  • Step 1: Launch the free iPhone Contact Recovery and check the “Contacts” in the file types. Go to the next.
  • Step 2: Connect your iPhone to PC. The freeware will detect the matched iTunes backup if you have one.
  • Step 3: Click on “Next” to scan your iPhone/iTunes backup. After scanning, you can recover and export lost contacts to PC as text, html, csv files.

Recover Deleted or Lost Contacts from iPhone/iTunes with Freeware

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