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How to get contacts from broken screen iPhone with/ without backup

Lucas Seltzer Updated on Apr 15, 2022 4:54 PM

Imagine this: You dropped your iPhone down and the screen is cracked, leaving no respond when you touch it. You can't seem to access the contacts, especially the phone numbers used for works. Well, before you panic, there are several ways to fix this. Whether your iPhone won't turn on, or was damaged with a broken screen or other situations, with the right tool and some efforts, you may be able to get contacts off broken iPhone and transfer to new phone or just save them locally.

Of course, you can first get the broken iPhone to Apple Store or Authorized Apple Service Center, and find out how to repair it at a least loss of data. Alternatively, try on your own with these tricks to recover contacts from broken iPhone, together with the information of phone number, contact name, email, and more details you've saved.

Way One: Retrieve Contacts from Broken iPhone via iCloud

If you've enable iCloud sync on the iPhone before its screen was damaged and can't input passcode, your contacts were stored in iCloud. You can visit icloud.com using your PC's web browser and retrieve your contacts from there.

  • Go to icloud.com, log into iCloud account you synced the broken screen iPhone with.
  • Select Contacts, open Gear menu on the bottom left.
  • Click Select All to highlight all the contacts.
  • Press Export vCard...

All contacts will be saved in .vcf file to your computer. You can then transfer all the contacts to your new iPhone or Android phone.

Export broken iPhone contacts from iCloud as vCard

Scenarios: broken, cracked, damaged, dead, screen stopped working, unable to display anything on screen, the screen is black and blue, colored lines on screen, smashed, etc.

Way Two: Restore Contacts from Broken iPhone Storage

If, fortunately, the iPhone is not completely broken or damaged and can be recognized by your computer, you can stick with something like iOS Data Recovery program and get back the contacts easily from broken iPhone internal memory. The program covers three contacts recovery modes for your choice according to your particular situation. All of the modes are easy to operate.

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Here's how to restore broken iPhone memory and get contacts back.

  • Run the program and click on "Recover from iOS Device" module.
  • Plug the broken iPhone into computer.
  • If the device isn't detected successfully, you need to unlock the device and tap "Trust" to trust the computer first. If you cannot do this with broken iPhone, this method won't work for you and you have to turn back to Way One or Three to retrieve the contacts.

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  • Select Contacts option and press Next to start a deep scan of the iPhone.
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  • From the results window, select the contacts you want to restore, hit the Recover button. You will given a save dialog: you can save the contacts from broken iPhone to your desktop.
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Congrats! As you can see in the window, aside from extracting contacts from iPhone with broken screen, this software supports retrieving a list of other data files from the device.

Way Three: Extract Contacts from iTunes Backup

Every time you sync your iPhone with iTunes, a backup is created on computer automatically. If that's the case, you can get contacts off dead iPhone using iTunes backup without a hassle. This is a surefire way that always works regardless of the extent of damage of the iPhone—whether it's broken with serious damaged screen or system glitches, or it's unresponsive, or even it won't turn on.

The software integrates useful feature that is able to scan iTunes backup of damaged iPhone and give you an overview of what files it contains. You then can either recover just contacts and other individual files, or the whole backup.

How to Get Contacts Off a Broken iPhone Using iTunes Backup

Step 1: Open iOS Data Recovery program, choose "Recover from iTunes Backup Files" mode, and the program will search for all iTunes backups made in the computer and display on the list.

Choose a backup that contains contacts you want, then press Start Scan button.

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Step 2: Once the scanning is finished, select the contacts you want to retrieve in the result pages, and then click Recover button to export them to computer.

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Something Useful - How to Fix Broken iPhone

In fact, you can get the broken iPhone fixed in the following scenarios using iOS Data Recovery's built-in iOS System Recovery utility. Here will list some and you can click on any of the link to learn how to fix the broken iPhone when it's in an abnormal state.

The tool offers two troubleshooting modes—Standard and Advanced—to get the broken iPhone out of the trapped. It doesn't require a lot of technical knowledge for a successful recovery. One thing that you should be aware of is that using the Advanced mode will erase all of your data on the device.

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