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How to Restore Contacts to an iPhone from iCloud?

Axel Nash

Written By Axel Nash |

For almost all of us, our contacts are important for us. This is because we save details of our family and friends along with work contacts. It contains the number of the plumber or the electrician. If we end up losing these contacts, we are unable to complete day to day functions without struggling.

So, what should you do when you want to restore iPhone contacts from iCloud?

There are multiple methods that help you achieve this with or without losing data and settings on your iPhone.

In this article, we have discussed every possible method to achieve this. Check out and see what works for you:

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Part 1: Fully Restore iPhone Contacts from iCloud

The first section discusses how to restore contacts on iPhone from iCloud fully. Here, you will find four simple methods, all of these work perfectly when used right.

Method 1: Restore iPhone Contacts from iCloud with MobileTrans

The first method is our favourite, using MobileTrans. It is a robust tool with a range of features, such as the ability to transfer data from iPhone to Android, backup/restore data to the computer, etc. You only need to follow simple instructions to get work done.

Here are the steps to sync contacts from iCloud to iPhone:

Step 1: Open the Software

On your computer, download and install MobileTrans. This will take some time but you need MobileTrans on your laptop to proceed.

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On the home page of the app, you need to select Phone Transfer and go to iCloud to Phone.

Step 2: Sign in With iCloud

With the above step, you will be asked to sign in to iCloud. You need to enter the same Apple ID as your iPhone to download contacts from iCloud to your iPhone.

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After this step, you need to verify your Apple ID with the code on your iPhone. This will help MobileTrans show your contacts.

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Step 3: Select Data or Contacts to Transfer

The following window will show data that can be transferred to the iPhone from iCloud. You need to go to Contacts and select all to import contacts from iCloud to your iPhone. Under Contacts, you will also find deleted contacts of the iPhone, if you removed them from iPhone only. If you want to restore these as well, select them too.

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Lastly, as you start the process, your contacts will start moving to your iPhone. 

Method 2: Sync iPhone Contacts from iCloud

Most of your contacts are synced to your iCloud automatically. If you have accidentally deleted a contact, this is how you can sync iCloud contacts to your iPhone.

  1. Visit Settings
  2. Click on your name and go to iCloud
  3. Here turn Contacts off and Keep On My iPhone
  4. Now, turn Contacts on and Merge your contacts

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Method 3: Download Contacts on iPhone from

One of the methods to import contacts to the iPhone from iCloud is to download them from

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  1. On your computer, open com
  2. You need to use your Apple ID and password. The same one on your iPhone
  3. Go to Settings
  4. Visit Advanced > Restore Contacts
  5. Go through different archives and Restore relevant file

Method 4: Transfer Contacts from iCloud Backup to iPhone

The last method in this list is to import iCloud contacts to the iPhone using iCloud backup.

Remember that this will entirely restore data on iCloud, which means erasing current settings and data. Therefore, this is not a recommended choice if you have an option to restore contacts with other methods. But, if you choose this, remember to backup data using MobileTrans.

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  1. Go to Settings
  2. Visit iCloud
  3. Now, go to Manage Storage> Backup. See if you have a recent backup
  4. After this, visit Settings> General
  5. Reset and Erase All Content and Settings

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Part 2: Selectively Restore iPhone Contacts from iCloud

It is possible that you may not want to restore every contact on your iCloud to your iPhone. For this, you can selectively transfer contacts from iCloud to your iPhone. MobileTrans helps you with this:

You have to follow all of the above steps. In the last step, where we select all contacts, you need to select particular contacts instead. There’s a checklist near every contact. You can click it for contacts you need to restore on your iPhone.

Part 3: FAQs

We have tried answering most of the questions related to how to get iCloud contacts on an iPhone. Read FAQs for more details:

1. Can I restore my iPhone contacts from iCloud without losing existing iPhone data?

The best way to achieve this is by using MobileTrans. Previously when we were discussing how to sync contacts from iCloud to iPhone, we explained the method to use MobileTrans. It will retain current settings and data and also allow you to restore contacts to your iPhone.

2. What can I do if the contacts disappear on my iPhone?

If your contacts have disappeared, then chances are you have toggled iCloud sync on and off. You can try doing it again to see if you get your contacts back.

It is also possible that there’s a corrupted app or bug in your iPhone. For this, try deleting recent apps and updating your iPhone.


How to restore contacts on iPhone from iCloud?

Throughout this discussion, we have offered several methods to partially or fully restore your contacts to your iPhone. You should try these methods in order, as we have created the order as per most preferred to least preferred.

Also remember that if you are resetting your iPhone completely, you need to take a backup of data, for which MobileTrans can help you.

If you need to know more about how MobileTrans can improve the chances of partially or fully restoring contacts from iCloud without losing data in a quick manner, then you can go through the details on our website.

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Axel Nash

Axel Nash

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