New iCloud.com feature lets you restore recently deleted files, contacts, and calendars

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  1. Rafagon

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    Apple has added a new data restore feature to iCloud.com, enabling users to recover accidentally deleted documents, calendar changes and contacts. The new ‘Restore Files’, ‘Restore Contacts’ and ‘Restore Calendars’ features are hidden in iCloud.com Advanced Settings pane.

    Similarly, Contacts restoration shows timestamped snapshots of your iCloud contacts database. Restoring to an earlier version reverts all changes made since the backup date. Note that unlike with files, you cannot individually restore single contacts, and the same is true for Calendars.
     
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  2. Kadelic

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    Wow, that's pretty cool. I hope it "just works" if I ever need it.
     
  3. Rafagon

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    The cool thing is that even though you can't restore a specific deleted contact, before you roll back to an earlier saved state of the contact database it saves a backup of the entire contents of the contact database.

    So, as you probably already figured out, you can roll back to an earlier backup of your contacts, then export the single contact card you wanted to restore to the Desktop. Then, restore to the newly created backup of your contact database, and finally, import the card that you just placed on the Desktop.

    If you want to be doubly sure you don't lose your current contact card database, you can manually create a backup of it right before you begin this entire procedure using File > Export… > Contacts Archive…

    But you already knew that :)

    Hopefully OS X 10.11 "El Capitan" and iOS 9 will bring with them easier ways to restore a single contact, as the article [kind of] suggested might happen.
     

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