My mom just got a new iPhone 4S today, so she wanted me to transfer the contacts on her old iPhone 3G to the 4S. However, I screwed up.

And I don't have a single backup, so now, all I have is a copy of the contacts on her computer, and no real contacts.

Do any of you know how to fix this? Restore the old data?

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    What kind of computer does she have, Mac or PC? What are the contacts stored in (e.g., Microsoft Outlook, Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, etc.)?
    – user10355
    Oct 15, 2011 at 7:45
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    Was the iPhone synced with the computer at all?
    – forrest
    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:53
  • It was the first time I installed iTunes on her computer after a restore, so I had no previous backups. All the old contacts are lost.
    – iAndr0idOs
    Oct 16, 2011 at 4:56
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    Sorry to say: Zero backups equal zero restoration opportunities.
    – johnsyweb
    Oct 17, 2011 at 2:16
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    What does this statement mean? "all I have is a copy of the contacts on her computer" If you have a copy then you have the contacts.
    – ArchonOSX
    Dec 23, 2013 at 15:40

1 Answer 1


Check if she's stored the contacts anywhere else, such as in Hotmail, Gmail, Outlook, Apple Mail, etc. You can pull them into the phone by linking an account in Settings, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Add Account..., or you can synchronize with the PC by going through the iPhone options in iTunes.

Otherwise, start typing...

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