How to Recover Lost or Deleted iPhone Contacts

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Lost all contacts on your iPhone? That's really a nightmare, but you don't need to be panic. In this article, we will introduce you 3 methods to recover lost or deleted contacts on iPhone. Read on to learn solutions below.

How to Recover Deleted Contacts from iPhone 7 (Plus)/6s (Plus)/6(Plus)/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS

Precondition: You need to have your iPhone in hand, and it's in normal use.
What you need: Dr.Fone - iPhone Data Recovery (a Windows or Mac version)

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3 ways to recover contacts from iPhone!

  • Recover contacts directly from iPhone, iTunes backup and iCloud backup.
  • Retrieve contacts including numbers, names, emails, job titles, companies, etc.
  • Supports iPhone 7(Plus), iPhone 6s(Plus), iPhone SE and the latest iOS 10/9 fully!
  • Recover data lost due to deletion, device loss, jailbreak, iOS 10/9 upgrade, etc.
  • Selectively preview and recover any data you want.

Stop using your iPhone at the right moment when you deleted contacts on it, for a better chance of recovery. Then install and run the software on your computer. You can recover deleted contacts from an iPhone with it in 2 steps: scan, preview & recover.

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How to recover contacts on iPhone with Dr.Fone

Step 1 Connect your iPhone and scan it

Connect your iPhone and run the program on your computer. Then you'll see the main window as follows. Simply click on the "Start Scan" button to get it scanned.

backup file to choose

Step 2 Recover deleted or lost iPhone contacts

After the scan, you can preview all found data before recovery. Choose" Contacts" to preview, mark it and click "Recover".

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How to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone via iTunes Backup

Precondition: You need to have your iPhone synced with iTunes before you deleted the contacts.

What you need: iTunes and iOS device, (optional: Dr.Fone - iPhone Data Recovery and no iOS device)

You can restore your iPhone contacts from iTunes backup in two ways: directly restore the entire backup via iTunes, or selectively recover contacts from the backup via Dr.Fone - iPhone Data Recovery. You can choose one the most suitable for you.

1. How to restore contacts on iPhone via iTunes (restore the entire backup)

Disable auto synchronization first, preventing your iPhone from syncing automatically:

For Windows users: Run iTunes, go to < Edit < Preferences... < Devices.

For Mac users: Run iTunes, go to < iTunes < Preferences... < Devices

Then connect your iPhone to the computer. Go to the "Devices" again, choose the backup file of your iPhone and click on the "Restore" button. When the restore is complete, your iPhone will restart and all the contacts in the backup is on your iPhone now.

Extract iTunes backup file

2. Selectively recovering iPhone contacts from iTunes backup

Step 1. Scan the backup file

There will be a list of backup files displayed, after you click "Recover from iTunes Backup File" on the top of the program's window. Choose the one for your iPhone and click "Start Scan".

recover lost contacts from iTunes backup

Step 2. Preview and recover your iPhone contacts

The scan only takes you a few seconds. All the contents from the backup file will be displayed in details. You can read them all. Then check the box in front of any item you want, and click the "Recover" button. we can read these contacts directly on the computer since they can be saved as .xlsx, .html or .csv file.

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Recover deleted iPhone contacts from iCloud backup

Precondition: You've backed up your iPhone with iCloud before you lost the contacts.
What you need: iOS device, (optional: Dr.Fone - iPhone Data Recovery without iOS device)

1. How to restore contacts on iPhone via iCloud (restore the entire backup)

Step 1. Erase iPhone data and settings: Before restoring iCloud, we need to erase iPhone. We can go to "Settings" < "General" < "Reset" < "Erase All Content and Settings".

erase iphone before restore

Step 2. Restore iCloud backup to your iPhone: After that we can start to restore iPhone from iCloud backup by going to "Set up your device" < "iCloud Sign In" < "Choose backup".

how to restore photos from icloud

Apparently, this method is not safe since we need to erase our device before the restore. And it is not flexible, because we can't restore only contacts.

One more way: recover only contacts from iCloud backup

Dr.Fone also lets you extract the iCloud backup and selectively recover whatever you want from it, so that you don't need to restore the whole backup and reset your iPhone. If you want to have a try, you can download the trial version to try it by yourself. It only takes you a few minutes.

Step 1. Sign in iCloud

Run the program and select "Recover from iCloud Backup File" from the left side of the interface. Then sign in iCloud with you account.

recover lost contacts from iTunes backup

Step 2. Select iCloud backup files and types

When you log into your iCloud, we can see a list of iCloud backup files we backed before on iCloud. Choose the one you want. And select the file types "Contacts" to scan them from iCloud backup.

recover delted contacts from icloud backup

Step 3. Preview and recover contacts from iCloud backup

After the scan process is completed, Dr.Fone will list all the contacts on the window. We can select contacts we want to recover. The exported contacts can be saved as .xlsx, .html or .csv file.

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From the above introduction, we can get 3 methods to recover deleted contacts on iPhone. If you haven't backed up your iPhone before, then we suggest you use the first method to recover your contacts from iPhone directly. If you have iCloud backup or iTunes backup and your wanted contacts are included in those backups, then we can try to recover them from backups.

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