“Lost phone. No numbers. Message me.” It’s just so 2006. Don’t be a Desperate Darcy. If the worst strikes, and your lose or break your phone there’s no need to get all beggy for numbers. Simply reclaim your iPhone contacts up from the handy backup you made before this nightmare began. Too late for that? […]

“Lost phone. No numbers. Message me.” It’s just so 2006.

Don’t be a Desperate Darcy.

If the worst strikes, and your lose or break your phone there’s no need to get all beggy for numbers. Simply reclaim your iPhone contacts up from the handy backup you made before this nightmare began.

Too late for that? Well here’s how for next time, Darcy.

How to back up your iPhone contacts to… iCloud

iCloud: it’s Apple’s built in safety net.  If you have iCloud enabled, chances are you’re backing up your contacts already, but here’s how to check:

– Go to ‘Settings’
– Click on your name/photo at the top of the list
– Click on ‘iCloud’
– Check ‘Contacts’ is toggled to ‘On’

Don’t have access to your iPhone but need to see your contacts? Go to icloud.com and click on ‘Contacts’ to see your address book in its full glory.

How to back up your iPhone contacts to… iTunes

More of a traditionalist? Then an iTunes backup  to your computer could be for you. However we’d strongly recommend doing this only in addition to backing up to the cloud, in case your computer is ever lost to you. Here’s how:

– Connect your iPhone to your computer via your charger cable
– Open iTunes (it may open automatically)
– Allow iTunes to access your phone by clicking ‘Accept’ on your iPhone screen
– Click on the iPhone icon (if the device summary isn’t showing)
– Click ‘Back Up Now’
– Don’t disconnect your phone until the backup is done

How to back up your iPhone contacts to… Google Drive

If you’re thinking of moving to a snazzy new Android device, such as the Samsung S8, you may want to future-proof your backup by choosing a non-Apple backup such as Google Drive. Here’s how:

– Download the Google Drive app on your iPhone
– Open the Google Drive app
– Click on the ‘burger’ menu in the top left (that’s the three lines or dots on top of each other)
– Click ‘Settings’
– Click ‘Back Up’
– Click ‘Start Back Up’

Backing up for the first time can take several hours, so it’s best to do this when you have access to Wi-Fi and a power supply – but you can always pause the backup midway if necessary.