Ask any phone user and you will be told that the loss of contacts is one of the most disheartening things that can happen to anyone, especially iPhone users. So, it is important to make it a custom to be backing up the data on your iPhone to avoid sudden loss of vital information and contacts. By simply doing this, your contacts will be kept safe if your iPhone ever gets stolen, lost, or broken.
Moreover, having the data backed up means that you’ll never experience any contact information-related issue when changing devices since you can have everything available instantly at your fingertips no matter the kind of iOS device you have. While there are many ways to restore iPhone from backup, we will outline two of them below with easy-to-follow steps.
Backing up data and device information has become very easy and straightforward nowadays, thanks to the introduction of iCloud. iCloud is mainly designed to enable users to safely store their information in the cloud, with the true objective being to make that information or data accessible across multiple iOS devices. To perform this backup, and restore the backed up data afterwards, the device has to be running at least iOS 5.x. Below are the simple steps you need to follow to backup and restore iPhone contacts using iCloud.
Step 1: Turn on the contacts toggle.
Step 2: Open the stock settings application on your device and click on the iCloud icon that is found in the Settings menu structure.
Step 3: If you have never performed an iCloud backup, click on the Storage & Backup icon from the bottom.
Step 4: Ensure you have turned on the iCloud Backup toggle before clicking on the Back Up Now option. Once this option is selected, an initial iCloud backup will be initiated and an estimated time to complete the backup will be provided. Keep in mind that a Wi-Fi connection is required for this backup.
Step 5: To restore the information on a new iOS device like a different iPhone, iPad, or iPod, all the user needs to do is turn the Contacts toggle on to sync the already backed up data and contact information with the same Apple ID.
Besides using iCloud, you can also backup and restore your iPhone contacts using an email address. While we will use a Gmail account for the purpose of this article, this method should work with any email account that can sync through Microsoft Exchange.
Step 1: Open the Settings Application and click on the Mail, Contacts, Calendars option.
Step 2: If there are no active accounts on the device, click on Microsoft Exchange from the list. But if there is an active email account on the device already and you want to simply add a new email account from which your data or contacts information is – then click on Add Account from the interface, then select Microsoft Exchange.
Step 3: Type the appropriate email address into the field before adding the relevant account password.
Step 4: Now click on Next from the top right hand corner, then add m.google.com in the server field and re-add the email address as the username of the account.
Step 5: Click on Next again from the interface and ensure that you turn on the Contacts toggle on the next page on. This will back up your contact or restore them when performed on a new iOS device.