How to Restore Lost Contacts from iPhone

In most instances, losing contact happens simply because you accidentally deleted the contact or performed an iPhone system restore or a factory reset. In some cases, losing your contacts and even other phone data happen after you update the phone’s iOS. It might even sometimes be caused by a software glitch or virus. When you first notice the problem, you need to stop using your phone altogether. Any operation you continue to operate on your iPhone may overwrite the lost data. In this article, we will discuss the three most common ways to recover your iPhone contacts.

Method 1: Recover contacts from iPhone directly without backup
Method 2: Recover Deleted Contacts from iCloud Backup
Method 3: Restore Your Contacts Using iTunes Backup

Method 1: Recover contacts from iPhone directly without backup

This ‘iPhone Data Recovery‘ software tool is designed to recover your deleted iPhone contacts without your needing to have backed up the information to iCloud or iTunes prior to losing the information.
It also supports the recovery of about 20 other types of iPhone data such as messages, notes, photos, voice memos and more. An added benefit here is that you can preview the contact list and eliminate duplicates or other contacts that you don’t want before you do the recovery. This is a software tool that supports all iPhone models (iPhone 131/13 Pro/13 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 11, iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR, iPhone 8/7/6/5 and earlier models), so don’t worry about it not working with your older iPhone model.

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Step 1. Before you start, you need to download software to your computer.

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Step 2. Once it installs, open the recovery software and select “Recover from iOS Device” from the program options.

connect your iPhone to the computer.


Step 3. Next, you want to checkmark the data types you want to recover. Click “Scan” and wait for the program to complete.

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Step 4. When the program finishes, select browse all contacts.

You can view only the deleted contacts by selecting the option that says, “Show only the deleted ones”. Check the contacts you need the program to recover.

After you click “Recover”, the program will ask you to choose a folder to store the contacts in.

fl iOS Data Recovery Result Contacts 5That’s it. Your contacts are recovered.

Method 2: Recover Deleted Contacts from iCloud Backup

If you have your iPhone synced to your iCloud, you can restore the missing contact information by using this method.


Step 1. First, on your iPhone, go to Settings and tap [your name]. Choose iCloud.


Step 2. Look for the “Contacts” from iCloud sync category and toggle the switch from On to Off. At this point, you will be asked about the existing local contacts. Select the “Keep on My iPhone” option.

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Step 3. Switch on the ‘Contact’ option again. Select ‘Merge’ to merge with the contacts from iCloud backup history which might include your lost contacts.


This should get back the list of contacts that was there before the last sync (when everything went blank).

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You will also see other Cloud accounts here like Gmail and Yahoo. If you wish, you can check and uncheck these groups to hide or show as you need. Your contacts should be back to normal.

Method 3: Restore Your Contacts Using iTunes Backup

3.1. Restore your iPhone to iTunes Backup to get back your lost contacts

Note, this method only works when you have backed up your iPhone to your iTunes account with iTunes on PC.


Step 1. Turn on your iPhone and connect it to the PC or Mac. Launch your iTunes program.


Step 2. Click on the phone icon as your device at top left corner from the list that appears.


Step 3. Select the most recent backup date from the summary page. Click Restore Backup.

This will give you the lost or deleted contacts from iTunes.

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3.2. Selectively extract contacts from iTunes backup without restoring

The only problem of restore iPhone to iTunes backup is that it will erase all existing phone data and get a complete restore from iTunes backup file, you cannot selectively restore the contacts you want. You will also get all of your media photos, videos, messages and everything else.


‘iPhone Data Recovery’ for Mac or windows is the better way to restore your missing data from iTunes or iCloud backup. The program allows you to restore data selectively. So you won’t change data areas that are working perfectly well (photos, notes, messages, etc). It will not cause the loss of the iPhones other existing data as using iTunes or iCloud Backup will. Both iTunes and iCloud will only recover information up to your last sync. If you have added new contacts, photos, notes or messages since then, this information will be lost. This is why ‘iPhone Data Recovery’ toolkit is the best option for your Contact list recovery.

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Step 1. Launch the software without connecting your iPhone to PC.

Step 2. Choose ‘Recover from iTunes Backup File’ and wait for the software to extract all the content from backup file.

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Step 3. Once the scanning complete, you will see all your backup contacts.

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What Next?

Once you recover your contacts you want to set up your iCloud contacts so they sync and you never have to worry about your contact list again. This will upload all of your phone information to the iCloud. If you keep iCloud Contacts turned off, the information will not automatically sync.

To do this, just go to the Settings option on your iPhone. Tap your name and then iCloud. Turn on Contacts and when asked select Merge. All of your contacts will also sync into the iCloud.

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