Restoring contacts using iCloud

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Dec 7, 2011
Miami, Florida
It’s easy to make an archive of all your contacts using the Contacts app on macOS.

But did you know that also makes periodic backups of your contacts automatically?

iCloud also makes periodic backups of your files (those stored on iCloud, obviously), calendars, reminders, and bookmarks.

This appears to be a fairly new feature, as Apple’s support document for this feature was published on December 8, 2016.

Interestingly, there doesn’t currently appear to be a way to create a backup on demand. Notice the dates for my contact backups below. There doesn’t appear to be any rhyme or reason to when they occur, but 5:19’ish PM appears to be a popular time for the backup to take place.

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