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4 Ways to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone with/without Backup

How to recover deleted contacts on iPhone? You'll find 4 solutions in this post to help you recover deleted contacts on iPhone, like phone numbers, emails and other contacts info.

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Q: "Accidently lost all my contacts on iPhone after I updated my iPhone to iOS 11, and forgot to back them up with iTunes. What should I do to recover my lost contacts from my iPhone without backup? Any advice will be appreciated."

-- A User from Yahoo Answers

Recover Deleted Contacts from iPhone

Recover Deleted Contacts from iPhone

Lots of reasons may cause contacts on iPhone lost or deleted, like iOS update, iPhone damaged, accidental deletion, factory reset and so on. What a frustrated thing it is when you accidentally delete some important contacts especially when you realized that you didn't back up or synced your iPhone data frequently.

If you are unlucky to mistakenly delete some contacts from your iPhone, do you know how to retrieve deleted contacts from iPhone? Here in this guide we will tell you 4 methods to recover deleted contacts from iPhone, you can read and choose one method to find your deleted contacts depending on your situation.

Note: If you are looking for methods to retrieve deleted phone numbers on Android phone, please refer to this guide to get the solution: How to Recover Deleted Contacts from Android Phone >

Part 1. How to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone in iCloudPart 2. How to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone with Backups 2.1. Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone with iTunes Backup 2.2. Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone with iCloud Backup Part 3. How to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone without Backup

Part 1. How to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone in iCloud

If you have ever synced your iPhone contacts via iCloud, then there is chance to find the deleted ones. This is a little known feature that Apple added since iOS 8, Apple will regularly archive a list of Contacts that can be restored to an iDevice. Before you try this method, here are several things you need to know firstly:

  • It will help you find the deleted contacts that stored in iCloud in the past.
  • The archive of contacts you select will replace contacts on all your devices that connected to your iCloud account.
  • Your current contacts will be archived so that you can get them back if needed.
  • If you are not in this situation, or you only want to recover specific contacts not all of them, please go to Part 2 (has backup) or Part 3 (hasn't backup) to find solutions.

Here are the steps to recover deleted contacts on iPhone in iCloud:

Step 1. Go to iCloud.com in a web browser > Enter your Apple ID and password. If you have turned on two-factor authentication, you need to enter the code that you received on a trusted device.

Step 2. Click Settings > Scroll down a little > Choose Restore Contacts under Advanced.

Step 3. Choose an archive of contacts to restore.

How to Restore Contacts on iPhone in iCloud

How to Restore Contacts on iPhone in iCloud

Part 2. How to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone with Backups

Normally, if you have backed up your iPhone before you deleted the contacts, you can choose to restore your iPhone from iTunes or iCloud backups to get back the lost contacts. But you’d better think twice before the restoring for the following reasons:

1. All the current iPhone data will be replaced by the backup files, in other words, you may lose some important data after the restoring and they can’t be recovered any more, no matter the newly added contacts or the recently taken photos.

2. What’s more, you never know what files in your backup, and what files will back to your iPhone before the restoring. What if the backups don’t contain the contacts you need? This makes it possible that you will lose all the current iPhone data but can’t find the deleted photos. It would be a tragedy you never want to see.

Therefore, to give you a much simpler and safer solution to recover deleted iPhone contacts from iTunes/iCloud backup, we strongly suggest that you should recover deleted contacts from backups with PhoneRescue for iOS. It’s one iPhone data recovery tool as well as an iPhone backup extractor to scan iTunes and iCloud backup. In this way, you can preview contacts in backup and only recover the wanted ones. Next, we will show you the detailed steps to recover deleted iPhone contacts from iTunes backup and iCloud backup.

Method 1. How to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone with iTunes Backup

Besides recovering deleted iPhone contacts, you can also try this method to export your contacts from iTunes backup if your iPhone broken, lost or stolen.

Step 1. Download and install PhoneRescue for iOS.

Step 2. Choose Recover from iTunes Backup. Connect your iPhone to computer if you want to recover lost contacts to device directly.

How to Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup – Step 2

How to Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup – Step 2

Step 3. Choose Only Scan Backup or Compare.

How to Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup – Step 3

How to Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup – Step 3

Step 4. Uncheck Select All option > Select Contacts > Click OK to confirm.

How to Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup – Step 4

How to Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup – Step 4

Step 5. Select the contacts you need > Click To Device button to recover contacts to iPhone, To Computer button to download them to Mac or PC.

How to Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup – Step 5

How to Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup – Step 5

Method 2. How to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone with iCloud Backup

Try this method if you want to check iCloud backup and recover deleted contacts only.

Step 1. Download PhoneRescue for iOS.

Step 2. Choose Recover from iCloud > Click the right arrow to continue. If you want to recover lost contacts to device, please connect your iPhone to computer.

How to Get Deleted Numbers Back from iCloud – Step 2

How to Get Deleted Numbers Back from iCloud – Step 2

Step 3. Enter your Apple ID and password.

How to Get Deleted Numbers Back from iCloud – Step 3

How to Get Deleted Numbers Back from iCloud – Step 3

Step 4. Choose iCloud Backup, and then choose the backup contains the contacts you need to download.

How to Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts from iCloud – Step 4

How to Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts from iCloud – Step 4

Step 5. Choose the contacts you need > Click Recover button to get back your number.

How to Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts from iCloud – Step 5

How to Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts from iCloud – Step 5

Part 3. How to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone without Backup

If have no backup, there is still a way to recover deleted contacts. Actually, when you deleted the contacts from iPhone, they were not really gone. They just marked as useless and could be overwritten by new data. To find them out, you need to rely on data recovery tool, and PhoneRescue for iOS is here to help. It can help you find and recover deleted contacts from iPhone if they are not overwritten. So if you want to get them back and have a higher rate of recovery, just stop using your phone. Here are some outstanding features of PhoneRescue for iOS:

1. The Highest Success Rate in the Industry: PhoneRescue for iOS offers you 3 modes to recover deleted iPhone contacts: Recover from iPhone directly, recover from iTunes backup, recover from iCloud, no matter whether you have made a backup, you can get them back.

2. Preview and Recover Needed Ones, No Restoring. It will recover the deleted contacts to your iPhone directly, or you can choose to download them to computer as per your needs. There is no need to restore your iPhone.

3. 20+ types of iPhone files are also supported. Besides contacts, it can also help you recover deleted messages, notes, photos, videos, calendar events etc.

PhoneRescue for iOS is one paid software just like other data recovery software, but you can free download it to scan your iPhone to see the deleted data. If you want to recover the deleted files, you need to pay for it, and it also promises you “60 Days Money Back Guarantee”, you can ask refund within 60 days if it fails to recover your deleted contacts. Now let’s start to see the detailed steps.

Step 1. Download PhoneRescue for iOS. 100% safe without virus.

Step 2. Open PhoneRescue for iOS > Plug in your iPhone > Choose Recover from iOS Device > Click the right arrow to continue.

How to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone – Step 2

How to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone – Step 2

Step 3. It will firstly show you a noticing screen for choosing what kind of data you would like to retrieve. Choose Contacts and Click OK.

How to Find Deleted Contacts on iPhone – Step 3

How to Find Deleted Contacts on iPhone – Step 3

Step 4. Preview and choose contacts you want to recover, and then click the recover button to retrieve deleted contacts to iPhone or to computer.

How to Recover Deleted Contacts from iPhone Step 4

How to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone – Step 4

Authoritative Media Reviews about PhoneRescue:

Computer World

PhoneRescue could be a very useful tool for any iOS device user, if you're looking for a data recovery tool for your device, this may be worth a look.

BGR

PhoneRescue could be useful whenever you accidentally delete data on the iPhone or other iOS devices, especially photos, which appears to be a problem for iOS users.

- Chris Smith

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The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to recover deleted contacts from iPhone with or without backups. If you still can’t find your deleted contacts, it means they have been overwritten and cannot be recovered anymore. To avoid such situation in the future, you’d better backup your iPhone regularly. AnyTrans, one iOS data management tool lets you backup iPhone to computer over Wi-Fi automatically and regularly. You can click here to have a try.

Backup iPhone to Computer over Wi-Fi

Backup iPhone to Computer over Wi-Fi

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