How to Recover Lost Contacts on iPhone iPad after iOS 12 Update

iPhone iPad contacts missing after iOS 12 update? Don’t worry. This guide will show you how to fix the contacts disappeared after iOS 12 update error and help you get all lost contacts back.

By Bella Miller | Posted on: Sep. 17, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 17, 2018
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The newest iOS version – iOS 12 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. iOS 12 do improve our overall mobile experience.

However, while iOS 12 is quite amazing and worth installing, some users complain that they have lost contacts after iOS 12 update. If you also lost contacts after updating to iOS 12, here are 2 reliable methods for you to recover lost contacts easily, with backup, and even without backup.

Also Read: How to Recover Lost Photos on iPhone iPad after iOS 12 Update >

Remember that stop using iPhone after your contacts got lost, as any operation on iPhone will generate new data and lead to deleted contacts be overwritten by these new generated data. Once your lost contacts are replaced, no choices to get the contacts back.

How to Recover Lost Contacts after iOS 12 Update

Method 1. Recover Lost Contacts after iOS 12 Update without Backup

For these users who made no backup before iOS 12 update, there’s still a reliable and safe way to recover the lost contacts – PhoneRescue iPhone data recovery. This way is also available to the users who are not sure whether the backup contains the lost photos, or don’t want to do a full restore, but do photos recovery only.

PhoneRescue iOS data recovery, with its highest success rate, has successfully helped millions of iOS users recover lost contacts from iPhone, even without any backup. 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. Now, let’s check its detailed steps about contacts recovery after iOS 12 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 12 Update without Backup – Step 2

Recover Lost Contacts after iOS 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 12 Update without Backup – Step 3

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

Recover Lost Contacts after iOS 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 breakdown, 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. Recover Lost Contacts after iOS 12 Update with Backup

If you have backed up your iPhone with iTunes or iCloud before iOS 12 update, then you can easily get back lost contacts by restoring from the backup. 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 requires 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 >

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

How to Recover Lost Contacts after iOS 12 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.

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

How to Recover Lost Contacts after iOS 12 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 above 2 ways, you may have successfully recovered lost contacts after iOS 12 update. If you will meet other iOS update error, 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.

Bella Miller

A senior editor, an Apple fan at iMobie Inc.. I love both dancing and helping users to solve iOS & Android related issues by writing various types of tutorials.