iPhone iPad Contacts Lost after iOS 15 Update? How to Recover

Are iPhone contacts missing after iOS 15 or iOS 14 updates? Don’t know why are your contacts gone after iPhone update? This guide will show you how to get back your deleted or lost contacts that you lost after iOS update, even if you didn’t back up the contacts before. Applies to the old iOS system, including iOS 11 and earlier.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Sep. 30, 2021
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PhoneRescue for iOS – #1 iOS Data Recovery

PhoneRescue for iOS can help you easily recover deleted contacts after iOS 15 update, even without backup. Free download it to retrieve your deleted contacts now.

The new iOS version – iOS 15 is coming, 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. The new iOS does improve our overall mobile experience.

However, usually, some users complain that they have lost contacts after an update to the newest iOS. If you also lost contacts after iPhone updating to the new iOS 15, here are 5 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 15 Update

There are several ways you can use to retrieve the missing contacts, no matter you have a backup or not.

Method 1. How to Recover iOS 15 Lost Contacts without Backup

For those users who made no backup before the 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, even lost contacts on iPhone 12, just like you never lost them.

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

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

PhoneRescue for iOS

  • Recover contacts from iPhone even without backup.
  • No harm to the existing data and no need to restore your iPhone.
  • Recover iPhone data from iTunes or iCloud backup directly.
  • Support all iPhones and iOS 15 supported, 100% clean & safe.

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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.

PhoneRescue for iOS Overview

PhoneRescue for iOS Overview

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

Select Contacts to Scan

Select Contacts to Scan

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

Recover Lost Contacts

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 a white Apple logo, continuous reboot loop, or black screen. Just try the Free Trial Version of PhoneRescue for iOS to be your good helper.

Method 2. How to Recover iOS 15 Missing Contacts from Backup

How do I restore my iPhone contacts after an update? If you have backed up your iPhone with iTunes or iCloud before the iOS update, then you can easily get back lost contacts by restoring from the backup. But you’d better You must be 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 the 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 >

Method 3. Recover Lost Contacts after iOS Update via iTunes

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”.

Recover Lost Contacts after iOS Update with iTunes

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

Method 4. 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.

Recover Lost Contacts after iOS Update from iCloud Backup

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.

Method 5. Re-sync iCloud on the iPhone

Sometimes the new update is a little bit slow to complete the whole sync from iCloud. That’s why you need to re-sync your contacts via iCloud on the iPhone manually. But it’s quite easy and won’t take much time.

Just go to settings > Click on your name > And then tap the iCloud button > Choose the Contact and turn on the syncing option. Now your contacts on iPhone and iCloud would be merged and also be re-synced.

Re-Sync Contacts

Re-Sync Contacts

The Bottom Line

With the above several ways, you may have successfully recovered lost contacts after the 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.

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* 100% Clean & Safe

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Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.

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