How to Extract iPhone Contacts from an iTunes Backup File

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From your iPhone Contacts app you can send messages, share a contact or fill your call Favourites. Just like an advanced address book you can register the mobile number home number, and email address of your pals. Not too long ago, to recall a phone number we had to memorize it or turn to an address or note book. Thanks to a term called digital amnesia most of us depend on our digital devices to hold much of the information that years ago we would have retained in our memory banks.

There are now many suitable tools in existence that can help you retrieve or extract contacts from the backup of your phone. iTunes and iCloud are both excellent choices for backing up your iOS device. Learn how to extract important contacts from your iCloud backup here.

Retrieving phone contacts

If your iPhone or iPad was ever lost stolen or broken, would you know how to retrieve you contacts? You can do so without the help of your device as long as it has been backed up to iTunes or iCloud.

Enigma Recovery

Enigma Recovery is an iTunes backup extractor tool that can extract various data types from your iPhone, iCloud or iTunes backup. Once you click the download button above you will receive the trial version. The trial will extract contacts, messages, photos and more form your backups revealing only 20 existing items per feature. The full and unlocked version of the software will show all data retrieved. Follow the tutorial below to extract contacts from your iTunes backup file.

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Extract iPhone Contacts from your iTunes Backup File

To extract and gain access to all the contacts in your iTunes backup file, you will need the third-party tool Enigma Recovery. Follow these steps:

Step 1 – Download Enigma Recovery

Enigma recovery software install screen

Click the download button above to download Enigma Recovery. Once the program is installed, open the software to the start page.

Step 2 – Recover from iTunes

Connect device to recover from iTunes backup

From the start page, select the iTunes option in the menu

Step 3 – Select backup file

Select iTunes backup file

Select the iTunes backup file that you would like to extract

Step 4 – Select contacts

Step 4 - Select Contacts

Now select Contacts from the feature type list and start the scan. The software will now extract contacts from your backup file.

Step 5 – View & save Contacts

Export iTunes contacts file

You may now view and save the contacts extracted by the software. Select the ‘Export’ option to do this.

Deleted contacts

Enigma Recovery is the complete iPhone data recovery software with three options through which you can retrieve data. Connecting your iPhone or iPad to the computer once the program is open, will allow you to recover data straight from the device. You may also scan your iTunes or iCloud backups to retrieve data using the Enigma Recovery iCloud extractor and iTunes extractor tools inbuilt into the software. All three options combined create a powerful recovery and transfer tool that will help you gain more access to your iOS files.


Victor Hernandez, Marketing Manager helps new and old customers to get the most out of our products. His interest in emerging tech trends have made him a trend seeker when it comes to mobile and recovery solutions

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