Recover Deleted Contacts iPhone

How to Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts?

Losing your contacts is a horrible experience, especially when you are someone who needs to contact people frequently. Thankfully, you can recover your iPhone contacts with a few simple steps.

Most people are unaware of these steps and save each contact manually again. This article will show you six ways to recover your deleted iPhone contacts. Let’s get started.

Method 1: Restore Contacts from iCloud

It’s easy to get back your lost iPhone contacts by restoring them from iCloud. Having a backup on iCloud is like having insurance for your data. When restoring contacts from iCloud, you have two options:

Option 1: Download all of your contacts from iCloud to your iPhone

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • If you use an iPhone with iOS 10.3 or later, tap on your name at the top and then tap “iCloud.” If you are using an earlier version, tap on “iCloud.”
  • Look for “Contacts” and turn that option off.
  • Select “Keep on My iPhone” from the menu.
  • Re-enable “Contacts” by toggling it on. You will see a pop-up now.
  • Select “Merge” to complete the process.
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Option 2: Download all of your contacts from

  • Go to on your web browser.
  • Use your Apple ID and password to log in.
  • Choose the “Account Settings” menu.
  • Now, under the Advanced section, click on “Restore Contacts.”
  • Click the “Restore” button after choosing the backup from before you erased the contacts.
  • To confirm, please click “Restore” once more.
  • Once iCloud completes the restoration, all your previously deleted contacts will reappear on your iPhone.

It’s important to note that this will remove all iPhone contacts if you already have them. However, your current contacts will be archived before restoring from iCloud. You can undo your changes by restoring your iPhone to its prior condition.

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Method 2: Restore your Contacts Using iTunes

If you have already backed up your iPhone to iTunes, you can use that backup to restore your contacts. It should be understood that restoring your iPhone to its previous state (from a backup) will delete any delete you’ve added since then. Do not rush into anything without ensuring you have a recent backup. Here are the steps to restore your iPhone contacts using iTunes:

  • Open iTunes on your computer and plug your iPhone in.
  • Select the icon for your iPhone from iTunes.
  • Go to the “Summary” tab and select “Restore Backup.”
  • Choose the archive from which you’d like to recover.
  • If enabled, you may need to turn off “Find My Phone” before restoring your iPhone contacts with iTunes. This can be done in the iCloud section of your iPhone’s settings.
  • To start the restore procedure, click the “Restore” button.
  • Give it time, and your iPhone’s contact list will be recovered.

Remember that if you choose to restore your iPhone from a backup, the backup data will replace the existing data on your iPhone. To prevent losing essential data in the future, you should regularly back it up.

Method 3: Restore your Contacts Using Mail

It’s possible that your contacts from your iPhone were synced to an email account other than iCloud, such as Google Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo Mail, or Microsoft Exchange. You may reinstall your email service provider to get your contacts back on your iPhone. Follow the steps below:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Select “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” or “Accounts & Passwords” (depending on your iOS version).
  • Select the account type and then tap “Add Account.”
  • Choose your email provider (such as Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo!, etc.) to add.
  • Enter your username and password to log in.
  • To import your contacts into your email account, turn on the “Contacts” toggle.
  • Just wait for the sync to finish to get your contacts back on your iPhone.

It should be noted that success with this method is conditional on having previously synced your contacts with the non-Apple email account. If you believe your contacts were synced to the email account you are re-adding to your iPhone, it’s worth a go.

Contacts Using Mail
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Method 4: Restore Contacts through iPhone Settings

Simple adjustments in your iPhone’s settings, in addition to iCloud or iTunes, may help you recover lost contacts. Without any further backups, you may be able to restore your lost contacts by using these procedures. You can follow one of these three options:

1. From the Contacts App:

  • Open the Contacts app and select “Groups.”
  • Uncheck the box next to “All on iCloud” and tap “All on iPhone.”
  • Tap “Done.”
  • Check if your contacts have been restored.

2. Reset Network Settings:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap “General” and then “Reset.”
  • Tap on “Reset Network Settings.”
  • Enter your passcode and confirm the action. Remember that you will lose any saved Wi-Fi passwords, but you can re-enter them. This could be useful for restoring missing contacts.
  • Check if your contacts have been restored.

3. Change Default Account in Settings back to iCloud:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Select “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” or “Accounts & Passwords” (depending on your iOS version).
  • Tap on “Contacts.”
  • Select “iCloud” from the drop-down menu next to “Default Account” instead of “On my iPhone.”
  • Check if your contacts have been restored.

Note that these three methods aren’t foolproof but are worth a try.

Method 5: Ask your Friends

If you’ve lost only a handful of essential contacts and you know someone who has their information, asking them to share their contacts with you is the quickest and easiest solution.

The “Contacts” app on the iPhone makes it simple to exchange contact information with others using other messaging and communication apps. Here’s what you need to do:

  • On your friend’s iPhone, open the Contacts app.
  •  Choose the contact you want to send to your iPhone.
  • Scroll down and select “Share Contact.”
  • Select the desired contact-sharing app, Message, Email, WhatsApp, or another app.

Method 6: Use Third-Party Software

If none of the above solutions worked, you can try third-party recovery software to restore your iPhone contacts. There are several third-party recovery software tools available on the market. You can use the one that suits your needs and budget.

Bottom Line

That’s how you recover your deleted iPhone contacts. Make sure you back up your contacts regularly to prevent any data loss in the future. Backing up your contacts will ensure you don’t lose your contacts even if you have somehow lost your iPhone. Let us know if you have any further questions regarding lost iPhone contacts. Thanks for reading!

About Mehtab

Mehtab is a tech writer at DealNTech, where he covers PC and mobile-related guides and news. He is passionate about helping people understand and use technology to their advantage. In his role at DealNTech, Mehtab focuses on creating informative and engaging content on a variety of PC and mobile-related topics, including Windows, CPU, GPU, and Android. Email: [email protected]. Follow him on X(Twitter)

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