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Recovering lost contacts after syncing with iTunes

by adeallenby / February 3, 2010 8:18 AM PST

I recently bought an iPhone 3g.
I had around 250 contacts on the phone.
However, after syncing with iTunes, I appear to have lost almost all of my contacts and need to know how to retrieve them. I have read that iTunes backs up your iPhone when you first connect but I can't fin the file/folder.
I am desperate to retrieve my lost phone numbers etc. - can anyone help?

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iPhone backups location - Recovering deleted data
by JBranstead / February 5, 2010 12:13 PM PST

iPhone backups are located as follows
Mac --> Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup
PC --> c:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup



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To Jake,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 5, 2010 10:39 PM PST

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Lost contacts
by 808bailey / March 17, 2011 7:32 PM PDT

I have a Hp Pavilion dv7-3065dx laptop with windows7 and "I" just did the same thing.. The only difference is... my laptop doesn't have a "Documents and Settings\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" option as you mentioned above. I can't seem to find itunes backup file anywhere.. it's so frustrating that you have to constantly sit and watch every move itunes makes while sync's... EEeerr!!! I lost over 200 contacts!! Please help!

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Have found Backup folder but can't import
by adeallenby / February 6, 2010 3:50 AM PST

Thanks for this. However, when I try to add the folder to my Address book it says 'No cards found' - 'No importable cards were found.'
Is there a way for me to convert the information contained in the Backup folder to v-cards and then iport them or is there another way?

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For future reference
by techguy866 / April 8, 2010 4:06 AM PDT

I may not be able to help with your current problem, but I can definitely help prevent it from occuring in the future.

If you don't have a gmail account, sign up for one. Then put all your contacts into your gmail. Google sync allows you to have your calendar, contacts, and email all sync to your phone. Google is one of the most reliable companies on earth and your contacts will be stored with them. I buy a new iPhone every time it is updated and all I do is enter my info into the phone and everything is populated for me.

Beyond that, if you like using a calendar, your gmail calendar and your phone calendar sync. If you add, change, or remove an event on one it does the same thing on the other. This will un-complicate your life.

Just watch this video and enjoy! http://www.google.com/mobile/sync/

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Lost iPhone4S and how to find its backup for iPad.
by somewanderer / January 23, 2012 3:03 AM PST
In reply to: For future reference

I keep loosing my iPhones. Before the latest incident (4S) I backed up everything on my MacBookPro (OSX 10.6.8). Now I'm short of money and won't be able to get a new iPhone. I'd be glad just to recover the contacts - on my iPad2 (or a Nokia E7). Could anyone tell if I can dig out the contacts from somewhere inside MacBook Pro? Or do I need an iPhone to get the data back? Thank you.

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Start a new thread
by birdmantd Forum moderator / January 23, 2012 4:07 AM PST

Do not post to old threads if you need immediate help, this thread was started in 2010 and the last post (prior to yours) was on April 2010. Start a new one next time. This thread is now closed.

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