How to Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts (4 Methods)

Summary: This post shares the best methods to restore deleted contacts from your iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/X/8/7/6/5s:

Read on to know in detail which amongst them works the best for your situation.

Losing contact names and numbers from the device all of a sudden is not new for iPhone users. Sometimes contact names are missing with only the random numbers visible or the contact list is altogether empty. Mostly, the incidents occur after updating to a newer version of iOS, a bug in the device, accidental deletion, or else formatting of the iPhone.

You can always restore from iCloud or iTunes backup, but sometimes even those attempts might fail to recover deleted contacts. This can be because of wrong user names, passcodes or device settings.

In such cases, the best way to restore only the missing contacts is to use iPhone Data Recovery Software by StellarRead on to know the below four solutions to recover deleted contact on iPhone.

Method 1: Recover Deleted Contacts from iCloud Backup

If you have synced your iPhone to iCloud backup, restore missing contact names and numbers with this method.

  • Go to your iPhone Settings > iCloud > Contacts (iOS 11 & 12 users follow: Settings > User Name > iCloud)

  • Toggle OFF and turn ON Contacts again

  • It asks what you would like to do with the previously synced iCloud contacts on your iPhone. Select Delete from My iPhone.

You will get back lost contacts in the iPhone. If you have different Cloud accounts like Gmail, linked to your device, those accounts too are displayed in your group lists. You can check and uncheck the group to view or hide, respectively.

Method 2: Restore Contacts from iTunes Backup

This works only when you have backed up your iPhone to iTunes.

  • Connect your iPhone to the PC
  •  Launch iTunes
  • Select your device from the Device list and pick the most recent backup entry date of your iPhone from the Summary page

Restore contacts from iTunes Backup

  • Click Restore Backup

You can get back the lost or deleted contacts from iTunes backup. But the drawback of this method is that with iTunes you do not have a choice to selectively restore only the lost contacts on iPhone. This means that complete data from iTunes will be restored on your device replacing existing iPhone data.

All current media photos, videos, messages, etc., on your iPhone will also be replaced by the iOS backup files. If you want to restore only contacts from iTunes backup use a safe third-party iPhone data recovery application.

Method 3: Recover Deleted Contact on iPhone using Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone.

The best way to overcome the iTunes drawback and selectively restore only the missing contacts is to use iPhone Contact Recovery Software by Stellar.

This secure & do-it-yourself software recovers lost or accidentally deleted iPhone contacts, call history, etc., regardless of the cause of the loss.

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The free demo version of Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone allows you to scan and preview files from iPhone, iCloud and iTunes backup, and to save them you need to register the software.

Stellar Data Recovery offers three ways to recover iPhone contacts missing on your device:

  1.  Recovery from iPhone
  2. Recover from iCloud Backup
  3. Recover from iTunes Backup

 1. Recover from iPhone

There is a possibility that your device has all the contacts, but they are not showing up, in this case, select Recovery from iPhone to view the hidden iPhone contacts.

  • Connect your iPhone to computer and launch and launch the software
  • On the home screen, choose “Recover from iPhone”, select “Contacts and Call Logs” and click “Next”

  • It will show you the iOS devices connected to your system. Select your device and click Scan

  • After scanning, select Contacts on your left pane, all the contacts will be displayed in the right pane.
  •  Then, Select All or selective items by clicking on the associated checkbox.
  • Click on Save and browse the desired location to save the recovered contacts.

2. Recover from iCloud Backup

Recovery from iCloud Backup allows you to selectively recover deleted contacts from iPhone rather than restoring everything from photos, videos to messages etc. Follow the below steps:

  • Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable
  •  Launch Stellar Data Recovery from iPhone
  • Choose Recover from iCloud Backup , Select Contacts and Call Logs and click Next

  • Enter the Apple ID and Password to get the list of available backup files.

  • Select the backup file and click Scan

  • After scanning, select “Contacts” on your left pane, all the contacts in the selected backup file will be displayed in the right pane.

  • Then, Select All or selective items by clicking on the associated checkbox.
  • Click on Save and browse the desired location to save the recovered contacts.

3. Recover from iTunes Backup

If your iPhone contacts are synced with iTunes backup, use Recovery from iTunes backup to get back missing iPhone contacts.

  • Connect your iPhone to computer and launch the software
  • On the home screen, choose Recover from iTunes, select Contacts and Call Logs and click Next

  • The software analyzes your system and lists all the available iTunes backup files as shown below. If you are unable to find the desired backup file, then you can click on Add Backup to manually add the backup file from the system. Now, select the file and click Scan

  • After scanning, select “Contacts” on your left pane, all the contacts in the selected backup file will be displayed in the right pane.
  •  Then, Select All or selective items by clicking on the associated checkbox.
  • Click on Save and browse the desired location to save the recovered contacts.

Method 4: Restore Contacts through iPhone Settings

Minor changes in the Settings of iPhone can also help to restore deleted contacts. Try the below Setting changes and check if they work for you:

  • Change Contacts’ Groups Settings
  • Reset the Network Connections
  • Change Default Account in Settings back to iCloud (works for iPhone 8/7/6s)

1: Change Contacts’ Groups Settings

  • Go to your Contacts, tap into Groups
  •  Uncheck All iCloud
  • Select All on iPhone

  • Click on Done (top right)
  • Check if you got back all contacts

2: Reset the Network Connections

  • Under Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings

Reset iPhone Network Connections

  • Enter your passcode
  • Choose Reset Network Settings to continue ignoring message that this action will delete all your network settings

This action will clear your current saved networks and Wi-Fi passwords, but you can always re-enter your network passwords later. So give this a try to retrieve lost contacts.

3: Change Default Account in Settings back to iCloud (works for iPhone 8/7/6s)

Restore Contacts through iPhone Settings

  • Go to your iPhone Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Contacts
  • Click Default Account
  • Select iCloud instead of On my iPhone
  • Check if your phone’s missing contacts recovered

 To Wrap-up

Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone intelligently restores your missing or accidentally deleted contacts without causing loss of iPhone’s existing data, unlike iTunes or iCloud Backup recovery methods. Changing the iPhone settings can also help you get back missing contacts. So now no need to worry about the contacts list loss. Try the above methods and recover deleted contacts on iPhone.

Have you ever used any of the above methods for restoring missing iPhone contacts? Do share your experience in the comments below.

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