I have an iTunes backup of an iPhone, and I want to extract the contacts from there as a file, e.g., vcf or csv.
There are many advertised paid software packages. Is there any free option?
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Well, you can use this simple script I made half a year ago, but decided to publish when saw your question.
It renames all files to their normal names.
After that you can find AddressBook in
It's not CSV, but quick look through it show that you should take a "person" from
ABPerson table (
Last are the most interesting).
After that you look up persons in
ROWID acquired in previous step links to
value has the actual value, and
label seems to be really weird for me. I'd recommend you to take all values looking as numbers.
Hope you have some programming skills or know someone who can help you.
If not, I could look into making some kind of helper script for it, but can't promise anything.
Those shitty paid apps always made me angry, and I can't understand why is there no FOSS apps for recovering data from iTunes backups. Meh.
There is no difficulty,from iTunes Backup to recover iPhone contacts ,
Open iTunes. First go to Edit > Settings > Devices to disable automatic syncing.
Connect your iPhone to computer. Wait for a while, right-click your iPhone in the devices list and click “Restore from Backup”.
Stay in the backup file contains contacts, click “Restore”.
After a few seconds, the lost contacts can be recovered back on iPhone