3 Ways to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone 12/11/XS/XR/X/8/7

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Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to call someone urgently but couldn't find the contact on your iPhone? Well, we've all been there. It is extremely frustrating to lose important contacts on your iPhone, especially in an emergent situation. So, how will you deal with this? What will you do to restore contacts on iPhone? Don't worry if you're clueless, we'll tell you what you need to do in this article. Read on to know more.

Part 1. Common Causes for iPhone Contacts Disappeared

There are lots of reasons may cause iPhone contacts disappeared or missing suddenly. Below are some common causes:

  • Deleted your iPhone contacts by mistake.

  • iOS 14 update error or iPhone factory reset.

  • Jailbreak failure on iPad or iPhone.

  • Phone stuck in recovery mode, DFU mode, etc.

  • iPhone damaged due to water, sudden fall, etc.

Part 2. Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone from iCloud

Things will become relatively easy with iCloud. As long as you have enabled iCloud Contacts sync on your iPhone, you'll be able to restore contacts from iCloud. To do this, first login to iCloud.com with your iCloud account to check whether the deleted contacts are still on it. Once you've found the contacts, follow the steps given below to restore them to your iPhone:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone. Tap on your name and click on the "iCloud" tab.

  2. Turn off "Contacts" and choose the "Keep on My iPhone" option in the pop-up message.

  3. Now switch on "Contacts" again and choose the "Merge" option. Your disappeared contacts will be restored to your iPhone.

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If the above steps doesn't work, you can delete your iCloud account but keep all data on your iPhone, then re-add the iCloud account to the device again. Merge all data and wait for a while, iCloud will have merged all contacts to your iPhone and sometimes the deleted ones should be back.

Part 3. Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone through Google

If you're unable to retrieve deleted contacts from iPhone using iCloud, you can try to get them back using Google Contacts. Before you go on to restore contacts from Google, please make sure that you have complete access to your Gmaill account and you have synced your contacts with Gmail before. Also, ensure that your iPhone is connected to the internet correctly. Then follow the steps below:

  1. On your iPhone, open Settings and tap on "Accounts & Passwords".

  2. Click "Add Account" and choose Google, then login using your Gmail account.

  3. Click "Sign in" and tap on "Allow to proceed", then slide the Contact button to the right side to enable it.

  4. Now choose "Keep on My iPhone" option to protect your existing contacts on iPhone, then tap on "Save" and wait for lost contacts to be restored.

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Part 4. Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone without Backup

Above we've discussed how to restore contacts on iPhone from iCloud or Google account. What if you haven't synced contacts to iCloud/Google before losing them? Don't get hassled. You can still recover deleted contacts on iPhone without backup. All you need is a powerful third-party data recovery tool known as FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery. Using this software, you can easily recover deleted or lost contacts, text messages, WhatsApp, Viber, Kik, photos, videos and more from iPhone 12, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus (even running on iOS 14).


Follow the steps below to recover deleted contacts on iPhone without backup:

  1. Run FoneGeek iPhone Contacts Recovery software and choose the recovery mode "Recover Data from iOS Devices", then connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable.

  2. Wait for the program to recognize your iPhone. Once the device is detected, choose "Contacts" from the listed data types and click "Scan" to begin scanning.

  3. When the scanning is complete, you can preview the found contacts and check those you want to restore, then click "Recover to PC" to save them on your computer.

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The Bottom Line

Whether you have an iPhone 12/11/XS/XR/X or iPhone 8/8 Plus, you can easily restore lost contacts using any of the 3 methods mentioned above. However, based on the user's choice, we'll recommend the last method i.e. using the FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery tool to bring back your lost iPhone contacts. If you still failed to find your deleted contacts, it usually means they have been overwritten and cannot be recovered anymore. To avoid iPhone contacts missing in the future, you'd better backup your iPhone regularly. FoneGeek iOS Data Backup & Restore is a great alternative to iCloud/iTunes that enables you to selectively back up contacts, messages, and more on your iPhone or iPad. Just have a try and you won't be disappointed.

Saturday on Aug 29, 2020, 21:21:09 GMT / Post By FoneGeek to iPhone Recovery

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