So I removed an Exchange account from my iPhone not realizing that the phone had been saving new contacts there by default (instead of to my gmail account). I no longer have access to that Exchange account, so re-adding it is not an option.

Is there any way to recover the contacts (and export them to a CSV or some other format so I can add them to Gmail)?

Also, the phone was never upgraded to iOS 6, so it's still running iOS 5


If I am understanding the question correctly:

  • You had an Exchange account set up on iPhone.
  • Contacts were being saved to the Exchange account instead of your Google account (also set up on the phone)
  • You removed the Exchange account and no longer have access to it
  • You need a contact you added to the Exchange account

Assuming all of the above is accurate, then no, there is no way to retrieve it.

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