How to Recover iPhone Contacts on Mac after iOS 8.2/8.1/8 Upgrade
iOS 8 Update Problems: Contacts are Lost!
"I just updated my iPhone 5s to iOS 8 over Wi-Fi. In short, the update bricked my iPhone and put me in Restore mode. I had to reset to Factory Settings, which caused me to lose data that I hadn't backed up. I had a lot of important contacts on my iPhone address book; can I recover iPhone contacts on MacBook after iOS 8 update?"
Contacts are an essential part of your iPhone data and it forms your network. If your contacts are lost after updating iOS, the contacts are not gone for good. Maybe you could try the following solution which uses a third party program, iPhone Data Recovery for Mac, to recover iPhone contacts on Mac after upgrading iOS 9.3/9/8.2/8.1/8.
How to Recover Lost iPhone Contacts after iOS 8 Upgrade without Backup
The iPhone Data Recovery for Mac tool is designed to help iPhone users retrieve lost contacts, text messages, photos, notes, etc. easily. As a lot of reasons could lead to iPhone data loss (iOS updates, jailbreak and factory reset, just to name a few), such a tool could come in handy. Good news for those who always forget to backup is that iPhone Data Recovery for Mac is capable of recovering data directly from your device without using backup files, so is iPhone Data Recovery, the Windows version. Get a copy of the free trial version and read on to see how to recover iPhone contacts on Mac after installing iOS 8.
- To start with, get your iPhone connected to MacBook and launch iPhone Data Recovery for Mac on this Mac computer.
- Set recovery mode to "Recover Data from iOS Devices" and scan iPhone.
- Preview the scan result and select the contacts you want to recover.
- Click on "Recover" and browser for a destination folder to save the recovered contacts in a .txt, .xls, .xml or Vcard file.
You might have noticed that iPhone Data Recovery for Mac totally offered you with 3 recovery modes. The other 2 modes are for those who have iCloud or iTunes backup. To recover iPhone address book on Mac after iOS 8 update with other 2 modes, go to iPhone Data Recovery for Mac guide page for details.
How to Keep Your Address Book Private on iPhone
You might worry about malicious use of your iPhone contacts, especially when your iPhone is lost. Besides the iPhone screen-lock, you could enable a feature in "Find My iPhone" that allows you to delete the iPhone contacts as well as other data once your iPhone is lost or stolen.
- On your iPhone, tap Restrictions > Enable Restrictions. And then enter a numeric passcode twice.
- Go to Location and then tap Don't Allow Changes. This could protect your location services so that thieves cannot disable them and make the "Find My iPhone" locating feature useless.
- Tap General at the top left and then tap iCloud. Enter your Apple ID and password when prompted. Toggle the "Find My iPhone" slider to "On." Tap "Allow" and this feature will be enabled.
Additionally, you can sync iPhone contacts with Google and let Google keep the contacts for you. By doing this, even you have no backup and iPhone is stolen, you still have all the contacts with your reach.