Do you lose contacts when you restore?

Discussion in 'iOS Software' started by amiroo79, Dec 21, 2007.

  1. amiroo79

    amiroo79 New Member

    I was wondering if you lose your contacts list when you restore your phone. Anyone know? I ask because I only have 5 GB of stuff on my iPhone but my phone thinks I have about 8GB. This is a bug that I got from the swap tunes app. I've tried syncing, resyncing, removing the app, etc... not working so I'd like to just restore but I don't want to sit there typing in my contacts list again.

    Anyone know? Thx.
  2. Lincoln

    Lincoln New Member

    No, I don't loose any contacts, or anything else, when I Restore.

    However, I do have all of my Contacts backed up on my computer in Address Book. They are synced back to the phone after the Restore. If something is not backed up on your computer prior to the Restore, you will loose it.

    - John
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  4. meiphones_brill

    meiphones_brill New Member

    Your iTunes should be backing up your iPhone for you - check in the preferences pane under synching - it says "iPhones backed up on this computer" and should have your iPhone in there. If that's there, and Up to Date you should be fine.
  5. amiroo79

    amiroo79 New Member

    Sorry, but more questions now...

    2 questions:

    1.) how do you back up your contacts on your computer as you mentioned?

    2.) i have the TZones proxy hack on my phone as well. Would I have to redo the hack after the restore or would all those settings still be there?

    I guess I'm trying to figure out if it's worth all the hassle or should I just pretend like I have a 4GB iPhone instead of an 8GB.
  6. meiphones_brill

    meiphones_brill New Member

    It seems like iTunes just does it automagically
  7. forkee

    forkee Member


    open iTunes program and dock iPhone with computer. if it does not automatically sync your contacts, do it manually within iTunes by pressing sync.

    you would have to redo all hacks because the restore/upgrade firmware option reflashes your phone to original specs.
  8. acosmichippo

    acosmichippo Genius

    make sure you have these boxes checked with whatever program you use for your contacts. If you don't know what i'm talking about and have a windows computer, just pick windows address book. Then you'll be set.

    [​IMG]
  9. eufo

    eufo New Member

    I've only restored my iPhone once and I lost EVERYTHING, so I don't know how these other people didn't lose anything. Use with discretion.

    I was, however, able to get all my contacts and music back after syncing with iTunes.
  10. KNK

    KNK New Member

    Always sink on iTunes a couple of times, then restore. Also you can always access the backup files that were saved in iTunes.
  11. acosmichippo

    acosmichippo Genius

    well, yeah. you WILL lose everything when you restore. but like you said, as long as you're syncing your contacts with your computer, iTunes will put them back on.
  12. Griffinaz

    Griffinaz Zealot

    I don't know if you already restored your phone or not but if the only problem you are having is the loss of room due to a problem with the swaptunes program that is easily fixed using an ssh connection.
    All that program does it rename your /var/root/media/iTunes_Control directory to /var/root/media/iTunes_Control_2 and creates a new /var/root/media/iTunes_Control folder. Then when you activate swaptunes it just switches the two back and forth.
    If you need to recover the room from the program messing up you can remove the software and then SSH into your phone and remove the /var/root/media/iTunes_Control_2 directory that is no longer needed. It will have all the music, video and audiobooks from the swap that no longer works.
    You can also save it to your main computer before deleting it so that you can recover the files for use and then delete it.
  13. amiroo79

    amiroo79 New Member

    YOU ARE DA MAN! It worked great! THANK YOU!
  14. KNK

    KNK New Member

    You have to remember to make sure you sync the phone before you restore. The restore virginizes the phone to make it fresh....and new like the first...mmmmmm
  15. Griffinaz

    Griffinaz Zealot

    Glad it worked for you. I am also sorry the program messed up on you. I have been using it since it first came out and have never had a problem with it. It is really helpful for people like me that sync music and videos at home but also sync at work to get my calendar, contacts, etc..
  16. DazFrost

    DazFrost New Member

    I have copies of and old iPhone backup that im trying to restore to my iPhone, Ive done a fresh backup of contacts and calendar etc BUT when i overwrite the new backup files (in users > Daz > Library > MobileSync > Backup) with the old ones I want back on the iPhone it doesnt seem to put my SMS or notes back!?
  17. acosmichippo

    acosmichippo Genius

    yeah, i don't think texts or notes get backed up... same with youtube bookmarks. sorry.
  18. KNK

    KNK New Member


    When I restored, everything was there, text, notes, no bookmarks, and had to reset wifi and email passwords.
  19. acosmichippo

    acosmichippo Genius

    nevermind then... maybe it was syncing i was thinking of...
  20. ddd

    ddd New Member

    Could some one explain step by step how to find the back up of my contacts, I have 2 iPhones and an ipod that lost the contacts after upgrading .
  21. MileHighRob

    MileHighRob Zealot

    Are you using mac or windows?

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