Retrieving contacts from lost iphone via itunes to new phone.

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by aapaul, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. aapaul macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2011
    Hi guys,

    I've lost my old iPhone3GS in a taxi. It had 10 years worth of contacts. I'd previously synced the phone to iTunes in the past but couldn't find the contacts there.
    I've just bought a 4S and attached it to my Mac, hoping it would sync to iTunes and restore all my contacts that I used to have.
    Unfortunately this did not work. It just added some random details from my email account but not the 100's of numbers I had on my old phone.

    If anyone could help, I would be immensely grateful.

  2. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    You need to restore from a backup from the old phone.
  3. aapaul thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2011
    Thanks for your reply. Can I find the backup without having the old phone? If so, how do I do it?

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