Mojo Presents: Adventures in Restoring Deleted Contacts From iTunes Backup!

ContactsOkay, so in the vein of No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, Mojo bought her Favorite Mother-in-Law a new iPad. (Gosh, what a WONDERFUL daughter-in-law!) Just put it on my account with the eight thousand other devices. Set it up for her, but got distracted by shiny things. Didn’t notice until after the presentation of the gift (“Tah-DAH! Isn’t Mojo WONDERFUL?”) that all of my professional contacts got imported into my MiL’s contacts. We’re talking a LOT, people. Like, MORE THAN THREE.

Not thinking properly about HOW that happened (“Hmmm... cause... effect.... Hmmm... Oh, look, a cookie!”), I decided to delete them. Manually. One at a time. It took a while, but Mojo is a determined lass, especially when she feels she has no other choice in the matter.

Got home and discovered that deleting them off of the MiL’s iPad meant they were now gone from EVERYTHING I OWN. Because Mojo is indeed the Brain Trust of the Future. YESSS!!!111!!



However, due to some utter FLUKE--because Mojo is usually NOT one of those Organized People who religiously backs things up--just THREE DAYS previously I updated my iPhone’s OS to 7, and as a precaution I BACKED UP MY PHONE THEN. So I still had all my contacts SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD. In a backup on my computer, to be precise.

So herein begins The Quest For Backup.

 

Step 1: Plug the phone in, hit the “Restore Backup...” button. Wait forever. When the phone restarts, go to your contacts and see them all restored. Rejoice for half a second, and then watch them cruelly blip back out of existence.

Step 2: After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, eventually have it dawn on you that the iCloud contacts--AKA the BAD contact list--is being restored to my iPhone within seconds of me opening my contacts to admire them. Cunningly turn OFF the iCloud Contact sync in the settings.

Step 3: Essentially a repeat of Step 1.

Step 4: After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, eventually have it dawn on you that the iCloud contacts--AKA the BAD contact list--that you so cleverly turned OFF before restoring the phone to the backup file gets TURNED BACK ON BY THE BACKUP. Because that was how the phone was set up when it was backed up. So once again my contact list is being restored to my iPhone within seconds of me opening my contacts to admire them.

Step 5: Once again turn OFF the iCloud Contact sync in the settings, and go through the now tiresome process of restoring the phone to the last backup.

Step 6: THIS time, hover over the phone like a vulture, and the instant it turns back on run to settings and turn the iCloud sync for the Contacts list OFF. Somehow manage to be successful.

Step 7: The villagers can finally rejoice. And Mojo thinks to herself, “Mojo, this is a good lesson about the importance of regular backups.” Which will last all of a WEEK before I stop doing it again. Because, ya know, life.

 

Oh, and by all accounts the MiL has taken to her new iPad like GANGBUSTERS. But that has nothing to do with ME, so, eh, who cares?

Mojo