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iPhone Contacts Disappeared? 4 Tips to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone

I installed iOS 15 beta on my iPhone 12 and all my contacts are gone. How do I recover them?

We rely too much on contacts to keep in touch with our friends, colleagues and family. So there is no doubt that how painful it is to delete or lose these indispensable contact information for a variety of reasons, like upgrading to iOS 13, factory reset, jailbreak, iPhone is broken or stolen, etc. Nowadays, there is no need to feel overwhelmed any more. Keep reading as we summarize 4 practical ways on how to recover deleted contacts from iPhone with ease.

Way 1. Save Your Contacts via Message App

Few people know that deleted contacts can be returned via Messages App on iPhone. Through this way, you can find the contacts that you frequently keep in touch with.

Step 1. Open up the Messages App on the iPhone and click to create a new message.

Step 2. Type the name of the deleted contacts on the “To” field. Generally, the contact name and the phone number will pop up automatically. Then you can note down on your Note App.

save contacts via message app

Way 2. Recover Lost iPhone Contacts from iCloud Backup

Chances are that you can log in icloud.com and click on contacts option to verify whether the deleted contacts still exist in the iCloud account or not. If you can find that on this account, congratulations, you’re in good luck.

Step 1. Go to Settings - iCloud on your iPhone to disable Contacts. Ignore it if it is turned off already.

Step 2. The The system prompts that “What would you like to do with the previously synced iCloud contacts on your iPhone”, just select “Keep on My iPhone”.

Step 3. Now keep the Contacts enabled, select “Merge” then your contacts will be merged with iCloud.

Step 4. After the merging process, your deleted contacts will be back to your iPhone.


Way 3. How to Recover Contacts on iPhone without Backup

If the method above is of no use, never fret, iPhone Data Recovery helps users recover deleted or lost contacts directly from iPhone or from iTunes/iCloud bakcup. Not only contacts, other types of iPhone data, such as messages, iMessages, photos, videos, WhatsApp messages, KIK history, Viber chat history, notes, voice memos, safari history, etc. are also supported to be retrieved with the program. In addition to data recovery, this program even offers free trial version to help users verify whether they can preview deleted and existing data files. It is worth to try.

Steps to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone without Backup


Step 1: Download and install the latest version of this application on PC. Here are three recovery modes available from the left window of this iPhone Data Recovery. Choose “Recover from iOS Device” mode and you will be prompted to connect device to computer.

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Step 2. When iPhone is connected with this program, the deleted contacts will be scanned directly. The scanning process will last for a moment and it mainly depends on the data size of your iPhone.

Step 3. After the scan, all the deleted and undeleted contacts will be displayed. You have the chance to preview these files in detail. After the browsing, click “Recover” in the lower right-hand corner to save the selected files in any folder on your computer.

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Way 4. Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone from iTunes Backup

The official tutorial to recover from iTunes is to choose a backup that you created before to restore. It’ll restore not most of the data rather than contacts to your iPhone. As far as I’m conserved, it is not recommended as it won’t allow users to preview before the restore. And the previous iTunes backup will be overwritten. Thus this is also the reason why the 4th way is offered: a better choice to preview and selectively recover from iTunes backup. You can follow up the steps as below:

Step 1. From the main window of this iPhone Data Recovery, select the option of ‘Recover from iTunes Backup’. After the selection, you’ll find all the iTunes backup listed. Choose the most relevant one and click ‘Start Scan’.

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Step 2. The iTunes backup will be analyzed after you click ‘Start Scan’. Once the analyzing process has done, you should view the contacts information as well as other types of data in detail. The last step is to click the ‘Recover’ button to save the contacts on your computer.

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Edwin J. Parke

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.

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