Best 7 Ways to Recover Deleted Contacts from iPhone 8/7s/7/6/5

Best 7 Ways to Recover Deleted Contacts from iPhone 8/7s/7/6/5

Delete your iPhone contacts accidentally or lost iPhone contacts due to update fail or some unknown reasons? Here are 7 effective methods about how to recover deleted contacts from iPhone.

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Problem: How do I get my contacts back on my iPhone?

Situation 1: My iPhone contacts missing/disappeared after I update to the iOS 11, but I don’t know I am not sure that I have backed up them before it, so is there anyway about how to restore contacts on iPhone without backup?

Situation 2: I am used to cleaning some useless or outdated contacts on my iPhone, but now I have accidentally deleted contacts on iPhone, which with some important customer’s information or some friends we didn’t keep in touch for a long time. But now I am looking for the method about how to recover deleted contacts from iPhone.

From above two situations, we can easily know that it is important for us to backup our iPhone data like contacts, messages, photos etc. regularly. However, if you lose them due to some system problem and some unknown factors or deleted them accidentally, you can read this tutorial and find the best solutions to get contacts back from iPhone.


Recover Deleted Contacts from iPhone 8/7s/7/6/5


Start to recover deleted iPhone contact number/information whatever you have iTunes/iCloud backup or not:

In general, we can through some normal way to recover deleted contacts from iPhone by iCloud or iTunes and others, but that premise is you should have backed up them before you lost the contacts. Contrarily, if you lost or deleted without any backup, then you have to get the help of this tool called Dr.fone iOS Data Recovery which allows you to recover deleted contacts from iPhone when your iPhone contacts missing.

Key Feature Contrast:
With backup:
If you have backup files in iTunes, iCloud, Google contacts, you can easily get lost contacts back on iPhone by restoring the whole backup.

Disadvantage: you will lose the contacts only exists on iPhone but not in the backup file.
Normally, the backup files are unreadable, so can’t preview each item or selectively recover deleted phone numbers. It only allows you to restore the entire backup.

Without/With backup (using iOS Data Recovery software):
you can easily recover recently deleted contacts from iPhone. It will provide you 3 recovery modes (from device, iTunes, iCloud), so you can choose one mode which suitable for you to restore contacts on iPhone with ease.
Advantage: you can preview contacts from a big size backup file and recover to iPhone selectively. Besides, you can even retrieve deleted contacts that have been synced to backup in time.

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Now let us see the detailed steps for the different methods to recover deleted contacts/phone numbers on iPhone as below.



Method 1. How to Recover Deleted Contacts from iPhone without Backup?
Method 2. How to Recover iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup?
Method 3. How to Recover iPhone Contacts from iCloud Backup?
Method 4. How to Retrieve Deleted iPhone Contacts via Google Contacts?
Method 5. Restore Contacts on iPhone by using Messages app?
Method 6. iPhone contact missing, try to recover from Outlook.
Method 7. Retrieve deleted iPhone contact number from old SIM card.


iOS Data Recovery Software to recover deleted iPhone contacts/phone numbers:
You Will Need:
Your iPhone
Your iPhone USB cable
Your laptop or PC/Mac
The free/full version of Dr.Fone iPhone Data Recovery for Windows or iPhone Data Recovery for Mac. (click the download button above according to your specific operating system)


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Method 1. How to Recover Deleted Contacts from iPhone without Backup?


Step 1. Connect your iPhone and scan it. Launch Dr.Fone and connect your iPhone to PC/Mac via USB cable. Then the program will automatically detect your device and you'll see the main window as follows.


How to Recover Deleted Contacts from iPhone without Backup


Just simply click on the "Start Scan" button to get it scanned.


How to Recover Deleted Contacts from iPhone without Backup


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", and you can recover them to your iOS devices or your computer.

How to Recover Deleted Contacts from iPhone without Backup




Method 2. How to Recover iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup?


Part 1. How to Recover iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup via Dr.Fone?

Step1. Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" mode

Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" then you will see the backup files, then choose the device with its backup files and click "Start Scan" to begin.


How to Recover iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup


Step 2. Preview and recover your iPhone contacts. The scan will take you a few seconds, later you will see all the contents of the backup file in details as the picture, so you can preview them all. Then check the box in front of any item you want and click the "Recover" button. Besides, they can be saved as .xlsx, .html or .csv file.

How to Recover iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup



Part 2. Recover deleted contacts from iPhone via iTunes.

Step 1. Disable auto synchronization first, preventing your iPhone from syncing automatically;
Step 2. Connect your iPhone to the computer.

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


How to Recover iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup

Method 3. How to Recover iPhone Contacts from iCloud Backup?


Part 1. How to Recover iPhone Contacts from iCloud Backup via Dr.Fone?

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 your account.


How to Recover iPhone Contacts from iCloud Backup


Note: Don’t connect your iPhone to the computer when using iCloud to back up.


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.

How to Recover iPhone Contacts from iCloud Backup


Step 3. Preview and retrieving contacts from iCloud backup

After the scan process is completed, you will see a list of 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.

How to Recover iPhone Contacts from iCloud Backup



Part 2. Recover deleted contacts from iPhone via iCloud.

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".

How to Recover iPhone Contacts from iCloud Backup


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" to retrieve deleted phone numbers contacts.

How to Recover iPhone Contacts from iCloud Backup


Or see how to restore your contacts from iPhone if you accidentally deleted it.


Method 4. How to Retrieve Deleted iPhone Contacts via Google Contacts?


Step 1. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account.


Step 2. Choose Microsoft Exchange and enter your name, email address, and password then hits “Next”.


Step 3. Ensure Contacts is turned on, then tap Save to sync/restore the contacts to iPhone.


How to Retrieve Deleted iPhone Contacts via Google Contacts


Method 5. Restore Contacts on iPhone by using Messages app?


Step 1. Click "messages" to select "New message" in the new window on your iPhone.


Restore Contacts on iPhone by using Messages app


Step 2. Enter a few numbers or the name of the contact in the "To" selection. (This need to contain the deleted contacts info in your phone book).

Step 3. Contact information is likely to pop up although it has been deleted from your phone book.


Restore Contacts on iPhone by using Messages app


Method 6. iPhone contact missing, try to recover from Outlook.


Sign in Outlook in the browser, and click the icon in the top left corner. Select "People" > "Manage" > "Restore deleted contacts", select the contacts you want to restore, tap "Restore" to get contacts back and retrieve deleted contacts.

Or you can click "Settings" > "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" > "Add Account" > "Outlook" on your iPhone, then sign in Outlook by using email and password, turn on "Contacts", the outlook contacts will start sync to your iPhone.

Method 7. Retrieve deleted iPhone contact number from old SIM card.


Step 1. Insert your old SIM card to the iPhone, then click "Settings" > "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" > "Import SIM Contacts".

Step 2. Insert the new SIM card to your iPhone and check the phone book, you will find deleted contacts have been back to your iPhone.


But this method just suitable for someone that your old SIM card stored new card deleted contact, so you can use it to retrieve deleted contacts.


The bottom Line:



From now on, you can see your lost contacts again in iPhone's after using the software or other methods for iPhone contacts recovery as below. By the way, if you still have such problem of how to recover deleted or lost text messages, call history, photos, voicemail, WhatsApp messages etc. on iPhone, the first three methods also can be used.


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