Lost all contacts

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  1. cynics, Mar 20, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2014

    cynics macrumors G3

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    I was in the middle of a text convo and my contacts turned to numbers. Check contacts and it's just my phone number no names, emails, etc.

    I still have my contacts on my Mac. How do I transfer them to by iPhone.

    iCloud contacts is still on so it should be refreshing them.

    I never even heard of this happening.
     
  2. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

    osofast240sx

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    Restart your phone
     
  3. mattopotamus macrumors G5

    mattopotamus

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    This, or just turn icloud contacts off and then back on.
     
  4. cynics thread starter macrumors G3

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    Restarting the phone and resetting the phone did not help. I tried turning on and off contacts in iCloud.

    Finally I gave up and restored the phone from new. I had already saved my contacts as a PDF and I was going to reenter them manually. However once I restored and turned on contacts in iCloud all my contacts repopulated.

    I've been meaning to restore as new for a while now so now was as good as time as any. A little bit confused to why I just suddenly lost ALL my contacts though. Not very reassuring thats for sure, luckily I wasn't away on a business trip. I'll need to carry around a list of my contacts now at work....
     
  5. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    Well the good news is you got them back. I guess it makes sense to always keep a copy stored locally. I would sign into icloud.com and export a copy to your computer just in case.
     
  6. cynics thread starter macrumors G3

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    Ya I even printed off a PDF just in case.

    Strange that happened though. I was in the middle of a text when all of a sudden boom all the names turned to phone numbers. No contacts at all.

    I probably could have figured it out but I've been looking to do a full restore anyway. Went fairly smoothly, except now my Mac refuses to sync messages. Figure that one out later.
     
  7. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    I wouldn't recommend manua entry on the device as such contacts are a pain to manage. Syncing from and account is definitely the way to go unless one has an overriding reason to do otherwise.

    Printed PDF is a good safety precaution but you might want to consider an electronic backup that doesn't require manual re-entry for restoring as well.
     
  8. mofunk macrumors 68000

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    You do know that you can access iCloud (aka MobileMe) Online. There you can click onto your Address Book. Open Safari - go to www.icloud.com I've been backing up my Address book for a long time too. I don't want to loose my numbers.

    I've had a few friends that this has happened to. weird very weird.
     

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