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    Default Backup and restore Just Contacts?
    I want to wipe my iphone but want to make sure I can restore my contacts, anyone know how I can do this? I don't want to choose backup when I restore it, as I don't want anything else including the file structure which was modded by bosstool.

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    Manually backup the file ,
    but make sure your restoring to the exact firmware to avoid risks!

    The directory the has your contacts is "/private/var/mobile/Library/AddressBook"...
    Copy the files within the directory to your new wiped iphone .

    Hope I helped

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    Quote Originally Posted by alghawas View Post
    Manually backup the file ,
    but make sure your restoring to the exact firmware to avoid risks!

    The directory the has your contacts is "/private/var/mobile/Library/AddressBook"...
    Copy the files within the directory to your new wiped iphone .

    Hope I helped
    Thanks Bro, this is exactly what I needed, and it worked. Now I can finally use snapture without it crashing on me

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    The aptbackup does not work for me. It just sits there spinning when you try to restore after installing new firmware. Yes, I waited long enough to see if it would finish...27 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alghawas View Post
    Manually backup the file ,
    but make sure your restoring to the exact firmware to avoid risks!

    The directory the has your contacts is "/private/var/mobile/Library/AddressBook"...
    Copy the files within the directory to your new wiped iphone .

    Hope I helped
    I used this method before when updating from 2.0.1 to 2.0.2 and last time from 2.0.2 to 2.1, it works fine, the only problem i can´t change or erase the photo from an existing contact, any idea why?

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    just get into the directory where you copy the addressBook file and change permission to 0775 and that all same for photo

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    how do u get the contacts from a previous backup onto an iphone without restoring it

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    Quote Originally Posted by frontflipking14 View Post
    how do u get the contacts from a previous backup onto an iphone without restoring it
    If the backup was made by iTunes, that's not easy. You have to locate the backup (on Windows it's in CDocuments and Settings\[user]\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup) and then use mdhelper on a Mac to find the right backup file and extract it.
    Windows tool to edit .plist, .strings and .nib files: pledit.
    Or use a website that will convert the binary form to a readable format.
    On iPhone you can convert those files in a terminal with plutil (installed with Erica Utilities from Cydia), or edit them with iFile (from Cydia).

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    how do you change the permission?

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    Is there any way of doing this without being jailbroken?

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    If you use a mac, you can set it so the contacts sync back to you address book application on your comp. Then you can sync them through the info tab in iTunes.

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    Contacts aren't part of the backup. Contacts are meant to be synched to your computer (Outlook, Address Book) or a Cloud service so that they can be safe should something happen to your phone.
    Restore Deleted Contacts on iPhone
    Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts
    Last edited by collisonpage; 06-03-2013 at 09:52 AM.

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    Sync to your gmail account.

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    On a Mac computer, Contacts live in the Applications folder called “Address Book”. I remember a couple years ago I had to delete old contacts from there so it wouldnt add to my iPhone when syncing. I have to do a computer backup and not iCloud now, because Wi-fi doesn’t work in my phone anymore since I dropped it (until I can get iPhone5).here is any chance of at least some of the photos to be recovered: how do you restore lost contacts from iPhone 4/4s/5 without backup file. this is my expereince I used.
    Last edited by RTscreen11; 07-01-2013 at 09:38 PM.

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    As we know, every time you sync iDevice with iTunes, it will automatically make a backup of your iDevice contents including photos, SMS, reminders, contacts and more. Therefore, as long as you have ever synced your iPhone 4/4S/5 with iTunes, you can get the lost messages from iPhone 4/4S/5 backup files created by iTunes.

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    Default if you never backed contacts up
    I used enigma recovery to retrieve all my lost iphone message and contacts internet history etc they was really supportive and not expensive, it may be worth contacting them and asking the question. unless you have sorted this.

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    You can extract your contacts from the iTunes backup when you lost your iPhone. iTunes can automatically back up your iPhone contacts and update it every time when you sync it. So you really have a big chance to recover contacts from iTunes backup.
    If you don't synced, you can directly scan and recover deleted contacts from your iPhone.

    Solution 1: Scan and extract iTunes backup to recover iPhone contacts (without iPhone)
    Step 1: Scan the backup file
    Step 2: Recover your iPhone contacts

    Solution 2: Directly scan and recover contacts from iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS
    Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer
    Step 2: Enter the device's scanning mode and scan it
    1) Hold your device and click the "Start" button.
    2) Pressing the "Power" and "Home" buttons at the same time for exact 10 seconds.
    3) Then release the "Power" button, but keep holding "Home" for another 15 seconds until you get
    Step 3: Preview and recover iPhone contacts

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    Hello Friend,

    Just Follow Some Steps Are :

    >> Firstly Tap The Setting
    >> Than Tap The iCloud Option
    >> Than Sign In The iCloud Using The Apple ID And Password
    >> Than Click On The Storage And Backup
    >> And Restore The Backup Which You Have Made
    >> Than Your Contact Are Back In The List.

    I Hope That Info Is Usefully

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    You can manually backup the files. To restore deleted iPhone contacts without itunes backup, you can directly scan and recover contacts from iPhone in a simple way. The steps of directly scan and recover contacts from iPhone:
    Connect your iPhone to the computer, then enter DFU mode and scan iPhone. Preview and recover iPhone contacts.
    If you still can't get your photos back, you should consider to use a 3 party tool such as FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery to recover deleted contacts from iPhone.

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