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Losing or accidentally deleting iPhone contact is a scary experience. This article is here to tell how to retrieve contacts that were deleted, lost, missing, or disappeared from iPhone.
Your phone numbers and other important information stay quietly within Contacts app which you take for granted until when entire contact list get lost from iPhone someday.
It's not a good feeling when you realize your iPhone contacts missing or deleted, especially you're not able to retrieve the contacts from somewhere like Recently Deleted folder. Fortunately, there are a couple of things you can try to recover deleted contacts on iPhone.
The recovery solutions could be something as simple as needing to restore contacts from iCloud & iCloud backup, iTunes/ Finder backup, or Gmail account you synced your contacts with, or could be something needing a 3rd-party tool like iPhone Data Recovery that promises to not only recover contacts from iPhone memory without backup but get contacts from iPhone backup without deleting any data since the time of the restored backup.
Let's dive in each way of how to recover deleted contacts from iPhone.
As "iPhone contacts disappeared or deleted" is frequently the case, this is the first way you should go with to restore the contacts. If you've recently backed up your contacts to iCloud before they are missing, try restoring an earlier version of the contacts from icloud.com. To check if you have an iCloud backup of your deleted contacts or not, you can go to Settings > iCloud > iCloud Backup and see the date and time of the last successful backup.
If you're lucky, follow these steps to retrieve the deleted contacts to your iPhone by restoring iCloud Contacts:
Wait until iCloud finishes restoring contacts backup, and your accidentally deleted contacts should get back to iPhone's Contacts app. You will receive an email from iCloud notifying the successful contact recovery.
Please note that this process will erase existing contacts on the iPhone. But don't need to worry, your current contacts will be archived automatically firstly before it does the contacts restore from iCloud. If you change your mind, you can restore iPhone and go back to the previous state.
iCloud, in addition, offers two feasible methods to recover iPhone contacts when accidentally deleted or gone, even you don't have a computer.
Apple's iCloud offers the built-in Contacts sync option on iPhone to access your contacts across your devices such as iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC's, and if it's enabled to sync contacts with iCloud from the time before they're missing, then restoring contacts from iCloud is a simpler task.
By going to iCloud and turn Contacts off and on again to re-sync or merge iCloud contacts with the iPhone, you might get back contacts to your device. Here's how to do.
Of course, you have the option to restore the iPhone from iCloud backup to recover deleted contacts, without a computer required. So, if you have a habit of performing iCloud backups for your iPhone, you're able to retrieve your lost or deleted contacts from iCloud by erasing all data and settings, and then restoring the most recent iCloud backup.
This is a total restore process, meaning that when you restore the iCloud backup, you will lose the data that is added to iPhone since after you take an iCloud backup.
When the iPhone has been erased, set it up and get contacts back on your device from iCloud.
Let your iPhone restores the backup from iCloud. If don't want any existing iPhone data erased and replaced by backup files, you may go back and try Option 1 above.
Can't restore contacts from icloud.com, or you don't have an iCloud backup to recover deleted contacts to iPhone? Try the next solution.
This is a solid way for retrieving deleted phone numbers on iPhone, without a backup. For those who haven't back up their iPhone for quite a while or failed to sync with iCloud, or you don't want your most recent data lost while restoring your iPhone from iCloud, it still might be possible to recover contacts from iPhone storage through specialist software.
That's where iPhone Data Recovery comes in. It's one of the most popular file recovery software applications given its high recovery rate and user-friendly design, and even you don't have an available backup to restore, it recovers contacts, photos, messages, notes, call logs, calendar, reminder, bookmarks, voice memos, WhatsApp, documents and more.
Here's how to recover deleted contacts on iPhone without backups.
Alternatively, you can also hit the Recover button to recovered contacts on your computer. The program will start retrieving deleted iPhone contacts from the device memory and save them in a HTML, CSV, or VCF file. When you need to transfer the contacts to your iPhone's address book, you could use Import vCard function in icloud.com., or use Sync Contacts via iTunes.
A video tutorial for recovering deleted contacts on iPhone without backup:
Bonus- What if your iPhone is locked and how do you get your contacts?
This might not always work, but you can have a try. Chances are the contacts you deleted were also saved in Gmail or other account like Yahoo, Exchange or Outlook. For purpose of getting contacts back on your iPhone, all you need is to sync your contacts in Settings app. It's an easy process and doesn't require a computer.
Here's how you can retrieve the deleted contacts from Gmail Contacts. This also works if you lost your contacts after deleting email account.
Open Settings app, tap Mail, tap Accounts, then tap on your Gmail (or other mail account) you used to save your contacts and now want to add to your iPhone, and turn on the slider next to Contacts to sync Gmail contacts with your iPhone. If it's Contacts is already enabled, turn it off and on.
When done, go to Contacts app or Phone app and you should see the saved Gmail contacts staying in the list.
If you use the Backup feature to backup iPhone in iTunes & Finder whenever it's connected to your PC or Mac computer, this method to restore iPhone contacts from backup should take no time at all - though you will lose your data that is recently added to iPhone but is not backed up.
If you're sure to restore iPhone from iTunes backup or Mac backup to retrieve deleted contacts, and replace all current content with that in the backup, do the following.
1. Open Finder in Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15 or above.
2. Plug your iPhone to the machine with a USB cable.
3. Click [your iPhone] under Locations on the left side bar.
4. Under General tab, choose Restore Backup.
5. Select a backup and click Restore.
Your iPhone will be reverted to the stage when the backup was created, and all backup data including the contacts should be back.
First, connect the iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes. Then, click the device icon when it appears at the top left corner to access Summary page. Click Restore Backup. When a dialog box pops up, choose the latest backup from the list available, and finally, Hit Restore to restore the backup to recover contacts to your iPhone.
Related article: transferring iPhone contacts to Android phone
In case you don't want to restore the whole backup and lose your files, try using iPhone Data Recovery program mentioned above. In addition to recovering contacts you've deleted or lost without backup, the software integrates options to extract contacts from iTunes/ Finder backup of your iPhone without restoring the backup. This lets you access your backup and choose what you want to restore, and even prevents any existing iPhone data from being potentially overwritten.
1. After you run the software, choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" mode. You can see your backup with the device name and backup date.
2. Choose a backup to restore and click Start button. The tool is scanning what's in the computer backup.
3. When completed, click "Contacts" folder on the left pane to preview contacts in iTunes backup.
4. Highlight the contacts you wish to retrieve.
5. Click Restore to Device button to get the contacts without restoring entire iTunes backup and overwrite your iPhone.
Unlike Photos, Notes, Messages, Contacts app hasn't been added a Recently Deleted folder letting you see the contacts you deleted from the iPhone. The only way to view the deleted contacts is to restore from icloud.com, iCloud backup, iTunes/ Finder backup, Gmail account, or use the third-party AppGeeker iPhone Data Recovery tool.
You could restore your missing contacts from an earlier version. A word of warning: This will replace the contacts on all your devices.
To restore contacts from iCloud, go to icloud.com and sign into your iCloud account. Then scroll down and select Data Recovery. Click on Restore Contact, select an archive of contacts before the date your contacts are disappeared, and hit Restore.
If you do not own iTunes backup or iCloud backup of contacts before deletion, consider trying AppGeeker iPhone Data Recovery software. It finds and recovers the deleted contacts from iPhone's database without using backup, restoring from backup. Any iPhone data won't be affected during recovery.
Try a Spotlight search. If it locates the icon, then it will show you the name of the folder it is in. You then can restore the Contacts app by going to that folder (i.e. Utilities folder) and dragging it back to home screen. If you like, you can also do Settings > General > Reset > Reset Home Screen Layout.
If you get nothing from Spotlight, the Contacts app should be deleted from iPhone by mistake. You can restore it with a few clicks:
The Bottom Line
So hopefully now you have a clue about the issue and finally get your iPhone contacts recovered. There might be several other methods of restore contacts, this guide only highlights a couple of those methods. For future reference, I really would suggest keeping good backups of your important files on the iPhone. You'll be thankful you have it if anything goes wrong.