How do I open my contacts with a file extension .abcdp recovered from lost iPhone data?

Donny August 4, 2011

I recently had to recover lost data from an iPhone 3G that was never backed up. I created an image of the iPhone (about 8GB). I used Photorec to parse the image and it seems like it did the job.

I have one problem though. The contacts look as though they are in vcard format, but have an extension of .abcdp. I tried to open them in textedit, but had no luck. Just a bunch of gibberish when opened. Please help!! Thanks!

Tutorial (method 1) I used:

  1. Wah
    January 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

    How do I open my contacts with a file extension .abcdp recovered from lost iPhone data?

  2. N J Pinney
    October 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I have a bunch of old junk on my contacts for mac email that i try to take to the trash but they pop back again on  the contacts window. How to get rid of them?

    • Tina
      October 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      N J, 

      the above question is several weeks old and as you see you have not received a response to your comment. I'm afraid I cannot answer your question, however, I recommend you to ask a new question. It will be published on the Answers frontpage and you will receive replies for sure!

  3. Audiolink21
    October 12, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Try a program called iPhone Browser.  It will only work with jailbroken iPhones though.
    It lets you see what you have in your iPhone and you can change loads of things.

  4. Donny
    August 11, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Hey Dave,

    I tried but had not luck with that.


  5. Dave LeClair
    August 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Try this if you are using a Mac:
    Quit Address Book. 
    Make a copy of folder ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook in case anything goes wrong. 
    Delete AddressBook-v22.abcddb from ~/Library/Application Support/. 
    Put your abcdp files in folder ~/Library/Application Support/MetaData. 
    Restart Address Book.

    • Jack
      May 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      @ Dave Thanks a lot, It Worked.

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