Top 3 Ways to Recover Contacts from Broken iPhone

Updated by Brian Davis on Jun 7, 2022 06:31 AM.

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Imagine if your iPhone got frozen suddenly because of falling from the ground and could not respond no matter how you tap on it. At this time it appears clearly that you are not able to access your contacts, which may definitely influence your work badly. There's no need to be worry and anxious as there exists several solutions to solve the issue. Whether the screen of your iPhone gets damaged or the device can't be opened properly, you are capable of restoring those contacts from your broken iPhone with little effort as long as using the appropriate tool. Now let's take a look at the method on how to recover contacts from broken iPhone in the following tutorial.

Part 1: Recover Contacts from Broken iPhone Using iCloud
Part 2: Recover Contacts from Broken iPhone with Third-Party Tool
     2.1: Recover Broken iPhone Contacts from iCloud Backup
     2.2: Recover Broken iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup
Part 3: The Bottom Line

1. Recover Contacts from Broken iPhone Using iCloud

If you have backup your data on the iPhone to iCloud before the broken incident happened, then you can try exporting the vCard to get all your contacts back. Here's how to do.

Step 1. Visit the website Log in to your iCloud account as required.

Step 2. Find Contacts and tap the "gear" icon on the upper-left corner.

Step 3. Tap on Select All option and then click "Export vCard…" At this point all the contacts stored on your broken iPhone will be back to your computer in the .vcf folder.

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2. Recover Contacts from Broken iPhone with Third-Party Tool

The question of "Can you recover contacts from a broken iPhone?" is common from our website community. In fact, the problem is not difficult to fix as an efficient iOS data recovery tool – TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery will satisfy your needs to recover lost data by providing 3 smart recovery modes, namely, Recover from iOS, Recover from iTunes Backup as well as Recover from iCloud Backup. In addition to contacts, it is also capable of retrieving other files such as call history, text messages, calendar, photos, notes, videos and others adding up to 20 kinds of data from your device. The functions of preview data and selectively recovery guarantee the flexibility and accuracy of the data retrieval. What's more, it supports both Windows and Mac operating system so that you can use the comprehensive tool to perform recovery according to your needs.

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Key Features of TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery

  • Recover data from different iOS device like iPhone,iPad and iPod.
  • Retrieve data under various scenarios including mistaken deletion and software update failure.
  • Restore diverse types of data like contacts, videos, photos, etc.
  • Fully compatible with all iOS versions including the latest iOS 15.
  • Rescue encrypted files.
  • Support Previewing and selecting required data before recovery.

2.1. Recover Contacts from Broken iPhone via iCloud Backup Selectively

As it known to us all, the official way Apple offers to complete the restoration using iCloud needs erasing all the current files on your device, which may bring other data loss issue inevitably. With TunesKit iPhone data recovery, you don't have to worry about this problem. Simply follow the step-by-step guides below to recover contacts from broken iPhone via iCloud backup selectively.

Step 1Log into iCloud account

Launch the program and set the recovery mode as "Recover from iCloud Backup" from the window. Then enter your Apple ID and password to log into the iCloud account.

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Step 2Download iCloud backup file

The software will begin to find all your iCloud backups after you logging to the account. Then choose the specific iCloud backup file that contains the lost contacts of your iPhone. Click Download button, then select Contacts and click on the Next button to download them from the iCloud backup.

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Step 3Recover contacts from iCloud backup

When the scan finishes, almost all lost and existing data will be shown in the main interface. Choose the contacts you want after previewing them, finally tap the Recover button to save them back to your computer as expected.

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2.2. Recover Contacts from Broken iPhone via iTunes Backup Selectively

This method is highly recommended if your iPhone can neither open normally or detected by the computer, but you have synced your device to iTunes before it broken. Now let's start taking a look at how to recover contacts from broken iPhone via iTunes Backup Selectively.

Step 1 Choose iTunes backup file

Open TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery and select the second mode "Recover from iTunes Backup". Wait for a few minutes while the recovery software is detecting all iTunes backup files on your computer.

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Step 2Scan lost contacts from iTunes backup

Choose the correct iTunes backup file and tap the Scan button, then the program will extract all deleted or lost files from the backup. You can also select Contacts only by clicking the "gear" icon of the backup file.

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Step 3 Recover contacts from iTunes backup

When it completes scanning, all recoverable data in the iTunes backup will be listed in different categories. You are allowed to preview them separately and choose the exact ones you want. Click Recover button after selection to get them back to your computer instantly.

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The Bottom Line

With the professional data recovery tool, you can easily recover contacts from iPhone with broken screen via iTunes or iCloud backup. However, if your device can still be recognized by computer when connected to a USB cable, then you are also able to recover deleted contacts from broken iPhone without backup using the program. Last but not least, the software is fully compatible with almost all iOS devices ranging from the old iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone XS Max, all models of iPad and iPod Touch 5. Just give it a try now.

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