How to Fix iPhone Contacts Missing Names after iOS 12 Update

09/26/2018 Posted by FoneGeek

"My iPhone contacts suddenly missing — showing only phone numbers, no names (except for Facebook contacts). I have tried everything, toggled the Contacts button, restore backups, etc. and nothing has changed. Anyone have a fix? Thanks in advance!" 

Are you facing with the same issue? You pick your iPhone to call your best friend but suddenly notice that only phone numbers appear instead of names in your contact list. You remember not deleting them. So what could possibly go wrong here? Actually, many Apple users have encountered this situation where iPhone contacts missing names, showing only numbers. It does happen for various reasons, such as iOS 12 update, software crash, or something like that. Nevertheless, don't panic. It can be fixed in no time. In this article, we'll show you how to fix the problem of contact names missing on iPhone X, 8/8 Plus, 7/7 Plus, 6s/6 Plus, etc. Keep reading to know more. 

1. Ask Siri to Restore the Contacts 

If your iPhone not showing contact names, you can ask Siri to bring them back. As a virtual assistant, Siri may help you find specific details store in your Contacts and restore the missing contact names on your iPhone. 

iPhone Contacts Missing Names

2. Check iCloud Settings 

Another easy way to bring back your iPhone contacts missing names is to turn on Contacts in iCloud. Here's how you can check if your contacts are synced to iCloud: go to Settings > your name > iCloud and make sure that Contacts toggle is on. In case it is turned off, turn it on. 

iPhone Contacts Missing Names

3. Turn Contacts in iCloud Off and On Again 

Sometimes even if the Contacts in iCloud is turned on but your iPhone are still showing phone numbers instead of names. In this scenario, you can try to disable contacts sync with iCloud and enable it again to fix the issue. Here's how you can do it:

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > your name > iCloud and turn the Contacts toggle off. 
  2. When prompted to delete or keep previously synced contacts, choose "Delete from My iPhone". 
  3. Now turn the Contacts toggle on again and your missing contacts names should be back on your iPhone. 

iPhone Contacts Missing Names

4. Check Your Google Account 

It is likely that you may synced iPhone contacts to your Google account, then the above iCloud solution might not work for you. In such case, you can check your Google account to get back the missing iPhone contact names. Follow the simple steps below: 

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings and click the "Accounts & Passwords" tab. 
  2. Now click the "Gmail" tab and check if the "Contacts" toggle is switched on. If not, switch it on to get back your missing contacts. 

iPhone Contacts Missing Names

5. Change Contacts Settings 

If your iPhone contact names disappeared, you can browse your contacts settings and change it to get back the contacts missing names. Here's how to do it: 

  1. Launch the Contacts app on your iPhone and hit the "Group" option on the top left corner. 
  2. Pick the "All on My iPhone" option instead of "All iCloud". Then check if your missing iPhone contact names are back. 

iPhone Contacts Missing Names

6. Refresh Contacts Database 

Did you know – you can try to refresh contacts database to fix the problem of contact names missing on iPhone. This one is very simple to execute. All you need to do it open the Contacts app on your iPhone and make a minor edit to any random contact, or just add more contacts. 

  1. Launch the Contacts app on your iPhone, and tap on any contact name. 
  2. On the contact info screen, tap on the "Edit" option and make any small change. 
  3. Save the contact and this will refresh the contacts databases on your iPhone to fix the problem of missing contact names. 

iPhone Contacts Missing Names

7. How to Recover iPhone Missing Contacts after iOS 12 Update 

If your iPhone contacts and contact names are still missing, don't panic, you can depend on a third-party data recovery tool to get them back. Here we recommend FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery. The software provides you a safe and super-fast way to recover deleted/missing contacts on iPhone. Also, you can use it to recover deleted text messages on iPhone, as well as WhatsApp messages, notes, voice memos, Safari history, voicemail, photos, videos, etc. It works on all iOS devices and versions, including iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8/7/6s/6 Plus, iPad and iOS 12. 

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Here's how you can get back your missing contacts on iPhone: 

  1. Run the iPhone Contacts Recovery software on your computer and click the "Recover from iOS device" option. 
  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable. Once your device has been detected, hit the "Start" button. 
  3. Choose "Contacts" or any other data you want to recover and click "Scan" to begin the scanning process. 
  4. When the scanning is finished, preview the found contacts and choose those you need, then click "Recover" to save them on your computer. 

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In Conclusion 

That's all for how to fix iPhone contact names missing and showing only phone numbers. Next time if you have run into this issue, don't panic, just try the methods mentioned above to get your missing contact names back. To keep your iPhone contacts safe and avoid any future loss, you'd better make a backup of your contacts regularly. Here we'd like to recommend you another efficient tool – FoneGeek iOS Data Backup & Restore. You can use this program to selectively backup and restore contacts on your iPhone, as well as other data like text messages, WhatsApp, Wechat, notes, photos, videos, music, and much more. 

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