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Der56

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Aug 8, 2014
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May God's curse be upon you Apple!!! Despicable! No idea how I'm going to get it all back now.
 

Der56

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 8, 2014
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Thanks! I went to the iCloud settings and turned the "contacts" on, lo and behold! All my contacts are back! I can't remember when I gave permission for iCloud to store my data, but it certainly proved useful, for now at least. Thanks again.
 
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cynics

macrumors G4
Jan 8, 2012
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I was just about to be your saving grace. My phone will just randomly do that. I even tried to restore as new but it still does it. Turning contacts and everything back on temporarily fixes it.
 

chupachup

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Sep 1, 2013
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Thanks! I went to the iCloud settings and turned the "contacts" on, lo and behold! All my contacts are back! I can't remember when I gave permission for iCloud to store my data, but it certainly proved useful, for now at least. Thanks again.

Have to have it on for contacts, calendar and notes at least.
 

Der56

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 8, 2014
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I was just about to be your saving grace. My phone will just randomly do that. I even tried to restore as new but it still does it. Turning contacts and everything back on temporarily fixes it.
It's the thought that counts! Thanks a lot for the info. I hope it doesn't happen again to either of our phones!

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Have to have it on for contacts, calendar and notes at least.
Good point. Thanks! I kind of like my privacy, I've heard rumours about iCloud being hackable and I have no idea if it means that the data will be on it forever. I don't have a choice though, I will have to use it for my contacts at least.

Gosh, this community is so helpful, I only signed up to rant against Apple because of my frustration and instead I've received a lot of valuable help very quickly! You guys are amazing! God Bless and God willing you guys will get all the help you need too!
 

PhilomenaAdams

macrumors newbie
Oct 24, 2014
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Launch iTunes
iTunes > Preferences > Devices
See if there is an entry with the date of the restore.
If a backup exists, you can restore contacts on iPhone with one of two methods:
Restore your phone using that backup; or
Use an application to extract the contacts out of the backup file.
 
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Newtons Apple

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Mar 12, 2014
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Thanks! I went to the iCloud settings and turned the "contacts" on, lo and behold! All my contacts are back! I can't remember when I gave permission for iCloud to store my data, but it certainly proved useful, for now at least. Thanks again.

I think you owe Apple an apology a couple of years ago!
 

posguy99

macrumors 68020
Nov 3, 2004
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This is just one of the ways Apple's forcing you into buying a newer phone.

Except that it isn't, of course. The information has nothing to do with the phone whatsoever. The idea that in 2015/2016 the *phone* (or any end-point device) should be authoritative is idiotic.

It's simply the OP's fault that information they think is important isn't backed up when multiple methods are provided.
 

rowdt1

macrumors regular
Feb 18, 2015
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The Netherlands
Except that it isn't, of course. The information has nothing to do with the phone whatsoever. The idea that in 2015/2016 the *phone* (or any end-point device) should be authoritative is idiotic.

It's simply the OP's fault that information they think is important isn't backed up when multiple methods are provided.
Oh, you failed to see I was being sarcastic?
 

Kiyomi1

macrumors newbie
May 5, 2015
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Launch iTunes
iTunes > Preferences > Devices
See if there is an entry with the date of the restore.
If a backup exists, you can restore contacts on iPhone with one of two methods:
Restore your phone using that backup; or
Use an application to extract the contacts out of the backup file.
Steps
1. Recover iPhone data from iTunes backup

(1) Connect the iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

(2) Open iTunes.

(3) If you have a new or erased iPhone, iTunes will prompt you to restore from backup.

(4) Otherwise, Control-click on your iPhone under DEVICES in the left menu.

(5) Select Restore From Backup...

(6) Choose the backup you wish to sync and click the Restore button.
 

GrandeLatte

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Jul 2, 2016
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iCloud is a life saver. As much as I was really against it when it was first introduced, now I can't live without it.

But in all seriousness, don't you also realize Apple has SO much information on everyone? Other than a high technology company, it's almost like the world's biggest intelligence company.
 

akash.nu

macrumors G4
May 26, 2016
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Good point. Thanks! I kind of like my privacy, I've heard rumours about iCloud being hackable and I have no idea if it means that the data will be on it forever. I don't have a choice though, I will have to use it for my contacts at least.
Just a quick note on privacy. The word privacy is misunderstood by general population on so many levels. By not providing iCloud access to your contacts you're not just making your life difficult, you're also not really saving much on the privacy front. Companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook are already tracking everything you do on the web. At least Apple doesn't use your data for advertisement purposes. Also sharing the data you upload on iCloud against your Consent without a warrant is against Apple policy. So that should give you the peace of mind.

Now about hack ability of iCloud. Every system in the world can be hacked. There's nothing called invincible system. Having said that most of the hacks are actually down to user error and is not actually related to the security integration of the platform. Most of the hacking all over the world is low scale where users give up their own data either knowingly or unknowingly. For the record, so far, the security infrastructure of iCloud has never been compromised.

The famous celebrity picture leak was due to the hackers obtaining the actual passwords by other means and not by breaking the security of iCloud.
 
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