iPhone iPad Contacts Lost after iOS 13/12 Update? How to Recover

iPhone contacts missing after iOS 13 or iOS 12 update? Don’t worry. This guide will show you how to get back your deleted or lost contacts that you lost after iOS 13, iOS 12 update, even if you didn’t back up the contacts before. Applies to old iOS system, including iOS 11 and iOS 10.

By iMobie | Posted on: Sep. 19, 2019, Last Updated: Nov. 14, 2019
PhoneRescue – #1 iOS 13 Data Recovery

PhoneRescue for iOS can help you easily recover deleted contacts after iOS 13.2/13.1.3/12.4.1/12 update, even without backup. Free download it to retrieve your deleted contacts now.

The new iOS version – iOS 13 is released recently, bringing plenty of significant improvements and enhancements. Things we do all the time on iPhone iPad, like launching Camera and typing with the keyboard, prove to be faster than ever. New iOS does improve our overall mobile experience.

However, while iOS 13 is quite amazing and worth installing, some users complained that they have lost contacts after iOS 13 update. If you also lost contacts after iPhone updating to new iOS, here are 2 reliable methods for you to get back lost contacts, even if you never backed up those contacts before.

How to Recover Lost Contacts after iOS 13.2/13.1.3/12.4.1/12 Update

Method 1. How to Recover iOS 13.2/13.1.3/12.4.1/12 Lost Contacts without Backup

For those users who made no backup before iOS update, there’s still a reliable and safe way to recover the lost contacts – PhoneRescue iPhone data recovery. It supports previewing and selecting the deleted contacts before the recovery process. Moreover, PhoneRescue enables you to retrieve the deleted contacts to your iPhone’s Contacts app directly, just like you never lost them.

Let’s follow the detailed steps to recover those contacts that you lost after iPhone update.

Step 1 Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your Mac/PC computer > Install and open it.

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Step 2 Connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable > Choose Recover from iOS Device mode > Click Right Arrow to continue.

Recover Lost Contacts after iOS 13/12 Update without Backup – Step 2

Recover Lost Contacts after iOS 13.2/13.1.3/12.4.1/12 Update without Backup – Step 2

Step 3 Uncheck Select All option and check Contacts only > Click OK button to go to the next page.

Recover Lost Contacts after iOS 13.2/13.1.3/12.4.1/12 Update without Backup – Step 3

Recover Lost Contacts after iOS 13.2/13.1.3/12.4.1/12 Update without Backup – Step 3

Step 4 Preview and select the contacts you want to recover > Click To Device button to retrieve lost contacts to your iPhone directly or choose To Computer to store them on your computer for a backup.

Recover Lost Contacts after iOS 13/12.4/12 Update without Backup – Step 4

Recover Lost Contacts after iOS 13.2/13.1.3/12.4.1/12 Update without Backup – Step 4

Beyond data recovery, PhoneRescue iOS data recovery also features iOS repair function. It helps you fix your iPhone and iPad from any type of breakdowns like stuck on white Apple logo, continuous reboot loop, or black screen. Just try Free Trial Version of PhoneRescue to be your good helper.

Method 2. How to Recover iOS 13.2/13.1.3/12.4.1/12 Missing Contacts from Backup

If you have backed up your iPhone with iTunes or iCloud before iOS update, then you can easily get back lost contacts by restoring from the backup. But you’d better You must 100% sure that the backup you choose includes the contacts you lost. Otherwise, restoring from iTunes or iCloud backup is not a wise choice, as both of the two require you to erase all data and settings on iPhone before the restore process.

Actually, there’s a possibility to restore iPhone from iTunes and iCloud backup without erasing data. Also, there’s another possibility to restore only contacts category, not a blind full restore. And here are detailed guides:

How to Restore Only Contacts from iTunes Backup without Erasing Data >

How to Restore Only Contacts from iCloud Backup without Erasing Data >

Recover Lost Contacts after iOS Update from iTunes Backup

Step 1 Open iTunes on your computer > Connect your iPhone/iPad to the computer via a USB cable.

Step 2 Click the device icon when it shows in iTunes > Click “Restore Backup”.

How to Recover Lost Contacts after iOS 13/12.4/12 Update with iTunes Backup – Step 2

How to Recover Lost Contacts after iOS Update with iTunes Backup – Step 2

Step 3 Select one backup contains the data you want to restore and click “Restore” to start the restoring process.

Recover Lost Contacts after iOS Update from iCloud Backup

Step 1 Turn on your iPhone/iPad > Go to Settings > General > Reset > Tap Erase all content and settings option.

How to Recover Lost Contacts after iOS 13/12.4/12 Update with iCloud Backup – Step 1

How to Recover Lost Contacts after iOS Update with iCloud Backup – Step 1

Step 2 Reach the Apps & Data screen and tap Restore from iCloud Backup > Sign in to iCloud > Choose backup > Select the iCloud backup contains the data you want to restore.

The Bottom Line

With the above 2 ways, you may have successfully recovered lost contacts after iOS update. If you will meet other iOS update errors, feel free to leave them in the comment section below, we will go through the problem and help you out soon. Lastly, try PhoneRescue for iOS to rescue the lost data as well as your dead iPhone.

iMobie

Member of iMobie team, an Apple fan as well as an anime lover. Like to share solutions on iOS and Android related problems.