Retrieve Lost Contacts from iPhone Effortlessly

Retrieve Lost Contacts from iPhone Effortlessly

Last updated on November 4, 2019 by

Is there a way to retrieve lost iPhone contacts? This is a big nightmare to almost all iPhone users – accidental deletion of telephone numbers and contact details. This happens for many reasons like formatting your device, clicking wrong buttons, losing backup, mistakenly installing malware, unintentional erasing of numbers and all others. Yet one thing is for sure, bringing back all those contacts is indeed a real challenge. If you accidentally erased hundreds of mobile numbers, email addresses and other valuable contact information, don’t weep because you can still retrieve deleted contacts from iPhone. See these easy methods below.


How to Retrieve Lost Contacts from iPhone

Method 1: Use A Trusted iOS Data Recovery Tool to Retrieve Contacts

Tons of mobile applications are out on the market right now aimed to help consumers retrieve contact lists from iPhone XS/XS Max, XR (Also for iPhone X, 8/8 Plus, 7/7Plus) or any other mobiles, and you can also recover deleted data from iPad. You can use these tools to recover lost contacts from your mobile phone. An outstanding software among these solutions is called the ApowerRescue. It’s a brilliant and effective one for saving your precious data. Here’s how to use it:


  1. Download the latest version of the program on your PC.
  2. Choose from the below 3 different recovery methods.

A. Recover from iOS Device Directly

  • Connect your device to PC via USB cable.
  • Choose “Contacts” and hit the “Start Scan” icon.
  • Wait until the program recognizes your device.
  • Check the contacts you want to restore.
  • Click “Recover” to retrieve erased contacts from your iDevice.
Recover delelted contacts from iPhone

B. Recover from iTunes Backup File

  • Choose itunes tab on the top menu.
  • Choose a backup file and let ApowerRescue to scan it.
  • Restore your contacts by checking the contacts icon on the left pane on the window.
  • Hit “Recover to computer” button. Wait a moment and then you can retrieve contacts from iTunes backup.
How to recover deleted contacts from iPhone

C. Recover from iCloud Backup File

  • Choose iCloud tab on the top menu.
  • Sign in to your Apple Account.
  • Download a backup file and let ApowerRescue to scan it.
  • Choose “Contacts” on the menu.
  • Check the contacts on the left pane on the window.
  • Hit “Recover to computer” button to save the contacts to your computer.
Restore iPhone contacts

Method 2: Retrieve Deleted Contacts from iPhone by Re-synching iCloud

With Apple’s iCloud, you can still recover deleted contacts by re-synching it. Although, bear in mind that this method doesn’t work 100% of the time but you can still give it a shot since it costs nothing. Below is the guided instruction on how to recover lost or deleted contacts with the help of iCloud.

  • Open the setting menu of your iPhone and go to “iCloud”.
  • Switch the contacts button to “OFF”.
  • On the next prompt, choose “Keep on My iPhone”.
  • Go back to the contacts button and turn it “ON”.
  • Select “Merge” to merge existing contacts to those stored in iCloud.
  • Check to see if your deleted contacts have been backed up.

Method 3: How to Retrieve Deleted Contacts on iPhone Using iTunes Backup

One of the benefits of often synching to iTunes is that you can retrieve lost data from the backup files. If you have synced your iPhone to iTunes before the accidental deletion of your contacts, you can use this to bring back lost numbers. Here’s how to do it:

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer via USB cable.
  • Run iTunes and select “restore from backup”.
  • Select the latest backup or date before the deletion of contacts.
  • Restore it accordingly.
  • Wait for the process to finish and it will reboot your iPhone after that.
  • Check if contacts are now restored.
Retrieve deleted contacts from iPhone with iTunes

Method 4: Retrieve Lost iPhone Contacts from Someone Else

Lucky you if you have deleted only a few contacts because you can ask your common friends to send it back with you. You can also use social networking sites such as Facebook and ask the person directly with his contact number. This method is by far the easiest and most practical one amongst all, though it will only work if you have deleted a single contact with common friends. Obviously this would not work for iPhone users who lost all contacts on their device.

How to retrieve deleted contacts from iPhone


How to retrieve deleted contacts on iPhone might sound so puzzling but it really happens in real life. Yet with the above methods and special recovery tools, you can still bring back all those numbers without even batting an eyelash. And to avoid future scenarios like this to happen, sync or backup your contacts from time to time.

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Posted by:Ada Reedon toData Recovery, iOS Recovery,Follow me on Twitter.Last updated on November 4, 2019

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    My best friend borrowed my iPhone and used it to send messages, make calls, take pictures, play games, etc. But I don't know why he deleted all my iPhone contacts. This makes me angry.Just learned the great tips from this article. I appreciate your hard work.
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