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Old Dec 12, 2010, 08:05 PM   #1
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Is it possible to restore ONLY contacts from a back up?

I'm downgrading my old iphone 3G to 3.1 so that angry birds works smoothly for my mom, but in the process of downgrading I realized I'm going to lose the contacts.

Any ideas?
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Old Dec 12, 2010, 08:14 PM   #2
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Backup the contacts to your computer and wether your on a mac or pc you should sync your information once your completely downgraded and your contacts will be restored


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Old Dec 12, 2010, 08:20 PM   #3
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Several ideas:

Sync them to G-Mail now, then sync back to the restored phone.

Sync them to MobileMe now, then sync back to the restored phone.

Sync them to Yahoo now, then sync back to the restored phone.

Sync them to Apple's Address Book over USB now, then sync back to the restored phone.

Sync them to Microsoft Outlook over USB now, then sync back to the restored phone.


Sync them to...well...you get the idea. Whatever you have available to you, sync it with the phone now, then restore, then sync the phone with that particular thing again.
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Old Dec 13, 2010, 12:53 AM   #4
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Old Dec 13, 2010, 05:33 AM   #5
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Like "Small White Car" said, storing your contacts outside of the iTunes backup is pretty simple.

I've used Yahoo and Gmail for this exact purpose. Just go to your phone in iTunes (connected by USB), and select "Info". Enable "Sync Contacts" and select what service you want to use. Enter username and password to that account and sync.

At this point, I'll often go to Gmail or Yahoo on the desktop to make sure that the contacts have been uploaded properly.

When you hook up the new phone, just repeat the process and sync. Sometimes I'll have to sync one more time.

This is also nice since it gives you an easy cloud backup of contacts should you ever loose your mind and decide to buy a non-Apple smartphone.
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Old Dec 13, 2010, 05:57 AM   #6
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There's an app for that

The app's name is PhoneCopy (free)

1.- Create a quick account on the app
2.- Press the button to back up your contacts
3.- Restore your iphone
4.- Reinstall the app on your restored iphone
5.- Open the app and login
6.- Press Synchronize

And as with Yahoo and Gmail, you have a "cloud" back up. I found Gmail and Yahoo a bit too much for what I needed (maybe I didn't understand how to make it work), because they synced all of my contacts from Gmail (E-mail addresses from persons I don"t need in my phone), which I didn't want. So I found the phonecopy version much better and easy to use. Choose what suits you best.
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Several ideas:

Sync them to G-Mail now, then sync back to the restored phone.

Sync them to MobileMe now, then sync back to the restored phone.

Sync them to Yahoo now, then sync back to the restored phone.

Sync them to Apple's Address Book over USB now, then sync back to the restored phone.

Sync them to Microsoft Outlook over USB now, then sync back to the restored phone.


Sync them to...well...you get the idea. Whatever you have available to you, sync it with the phone now, then restore, then sync the phone with that particular thing again.
Why do people not sync what they can sync?
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1.Connect your iPhone to the computer using the supplied USB cable; if you have a Wi-Fi connection, your iPhone does not require a connection. Launch iTunes if it does not launch automatically. The iTunes software displays your iPhone on the left panel under "Devices."

2.Select "Restore" from Summary tab.

3.Decline the option to make a backup by selecting "Don't Back Up."

4.Select "Restore" to confirm you wish to restore your iPhone. Your last backup, including restore contacts to your iPhone from backup. Your iPhone will re-start and display the Apple logo.

5.Follow the steps offered by the iOS Setup Assistance for iOS 6 and later to clear the "Connect to iTunes" message. For earlier versions, leave your iPhone connected via your USB or Wi-Fi until the message "iPhone is activated" appears.
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