Wife lost Contacts in the cloud....

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by gumsrus, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. gumsrus macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2011
    Wife just bought a new Iphone after she lost hers.
    I updated to IOS5 on my Iphone and backed up my contacts etc to the cloud for the first time.
    I set up my wife's I phone to back up to the cloud too for the first time!
    Now she lost her contacts and has my contacts on her phone!!!
    Her Iphone is linked to my daughters computer who is in college so she cannot tether it to restore the contacts since she is not home.
    We only have one Itunes account but I would think the cloud software would be able to discriminate what phone to restore to as they have different names?
    What can I do now? and how do I set this up correctly with the cloud to back up 3-4 different phones in the cloud with the same Itunes account?


  2. GooMan macrumors regular


    May 8, 2006
    There is your problem.
  3. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    You can use the same iTunes account for the store on all phones, but if you want separate contacts, each person will need their own unique iCloud account.
  4. Bigtree macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
  5. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    lol. took me a second, but I got it.
  6. afireintonto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2008
    What is your wife doing with an iPhone?
    It's sure to get wet in the kitchen :D
  7. gumsrus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2011
    Is there a way that my daughter in San DIego can export the the contact file and e-mail it to us and we can import it?


  8. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    That depends on how iTunes was syncing the contacts. If it was through Outlook for example, she would be able to.

    If they weren't synced with PC but in an iTunes backup, you'd need to get the backup from that machine and use 3rd party software to remove the info you need.
  9. jtp098 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2010
    If it's a mac and in address books your daughter can send you the address book file. it is located
    User > Library > Application Support > AddressBook
  10. JRoDDz macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
  11. jman240 macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    If she was using either outlook or Apple Contacts.app to sync contacts then all you have do is...

    Step 1: Have your wife make her own iTunes account
    Step 2: Have daughter log in with said iTunes account in iCloud on her computer and enable contact syncing. http://www.apple.com/icloud/get-started/
    Step 3: Have wife turn on icloud using her account on her phone.

    The contacts will be uploaded by the daughters computer and downloaded to her phone.

    If you were using another service then you may be sol short of just typing them all back into icloud.com.

    If you are referring to a backup made on the computer then you will need to get that backup to you. On windows they are store in the user profile folder, not sure on mac. You would have to copy the mobile backups folder to your computer to use the backup as a restore on the iPhone. http://www.everythingicafe.com/forum/threads/location-of-itunes-backup.13176/

    Good luck
  12. jtp098 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2010
    That's a better idea. :p

    Then you could use the same account on your wife's computer and the contacts would go down to it as well.. Then turn of the sharing on your daughters computer..

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