Recover deleted contact?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Fernandez21, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. macrumors 68030


    Jun 16, 2010
    So, I accidently deleted a contact and was wondering if there was anyway to get it back? The delete already went through icloud so the contact is gone from all my devices, would it be possible to roll back to a previous backup of my contacts list? Thanks.
  2. macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2008
    If you have Time Machine on your Air, that should do it.
  3. thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jun 16, 2010
    hmmm.... well I haven't back-up to time machine in over month, so I guess the contact would still be there, but then wouldnt I lose all the changes Ive made on my mac since then? Or is there a way to just roll back my contacts?
  4. macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2008
    It would just roll back your contacts. But you shouldn't even do that.

    I would:

    1) manually backup your address book to your desktop or something.
    2) roll back your address book to your time machine version. export a vcard of the person you've deleted.
    3) delete the 'roll-backed' address book file and put your current one (that you backed up to your desktop) back in the correct place.
    4) import the vcard for the missing contact.

    You can Google the location of the Address Book database.
  5. macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Are you doing iCloud backups as well?

    You could probably restore one of your devices to your last iCloud backup and get it back that way. That's how I regained all my texts to my
    gf after accidentally deleting them.

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