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How to Recover Deleted/Lost Contacts on iPhone

"I mistakenly deleted some important contacts when I managed the internal data of my iPhone 6s yesterday. Cause I don't have a habit to back up iPhone data to iTunes/iCloud or computer, what should I do to get the deleted contacts back to my iPhone?"

You may frequently see someone trapped in the situation mentioned above when you are browsing around in the network bulletin boards. If you regularly back up data with iTunes or iCloud, you can easily restore the deleted/lost iPhone contacts from backups. What if you don't have a suitable backup file? In this article, we will show you how to recover deleted/lost contacts on iPhone with or without iTunes/iCloud backup.

Recover deleted contacts on iPhone with iCloud

If you frequently back up your iPhone files with iCloud, you can first choose to restore deleted iPhone contacts from the iCloud backup. Here are the steps.

1. Navigate to https://www.icloud.com and log in your iCloud account.

2. Click Contacts.

3. Find the deleted/lost contact and click Settings icon on the bottom left.

4. Click Export vCard…

Export deleted iPhone Contacts

As long as you can find the deleted contacts, you have already gotten them back. However, under many circumstance, you still cannot restore the lost contacts on iPhone with this method. At this time, you can try the second method.

Restore lost iPhone contacts with iTunes

1. Launch the latest version of iTunes and connect your iPhone to computer via USB.

2. Go to Edit > Preferences > Devices > select the suitable iTunes backup.

Devices Preferences

3. Click OK to recover deleted contacts on iPhone from iTunes backup.

If you have the backup file that your deleted contacts in there, you can use this way to recover them. However, iTunes doesn't allow users to preview and select contacts from the backup. It's not that easy to find the right backup. Moreover, you will restore your iPhone and remove all the latest data and settings on iPhone.

Retrieve missing iPhone contacts with professional software

Maybe you don't have a preferred iTunes/iCloud backup to get the deleted iPhone contacts back, or you are not satisfied with the first two methods. Here we sincerely recommend a professional iPhone Contacts Recovery to help you to recover the deleted/lost contacts on iPhone. First, you should download and install it on your computer.

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Step 1. Launch the software

Launch Software

Run this iPhone contacts recovering software and connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable. This excellent program will automatically detect your iPhone and show its basic information.

Step 2. Scan iPhone

Scan iPhone

Select the recovery mode of "Recover from iOS Device", and then click "Start Scan" to scan your iPhone. Within a few seconds, all types of files will be displayed in the interface.

Step 3. Select deleted iPhone contacts

Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone

After scanning, you can see all files are classified into categories on the left column. Tab "Contacts" and the contacts including the deleted ones will be showed on the right. It allows you to preview the detailed information of each contact, so it's very convenient for you to recover the specific ones.

Step 4. Recover deletes contacts on iPhone

After selecting all the deleted notes you want to restore, click "Recover" button and then select the destination folder for the recovered contacts from the pop-up window. Tab "Recover" to start the restoring process.

After a while, the selected contacts will be restored to the computer.


1. Besides contacts, it allows you to recover the deleted iPhone text messages, pictures, videos, audios, notes, call logs, reminders, etc.

2. Apart from iPhone, this powerful data recovering program can help you restore the lost files from iPad Pro/Air 2/mini 4, iPod touch 6/5 and more. For instance, it enables you to restore lost notes on iPad.

Compared with another two methods, you can easily recover the deleted contacts on iPhone with iPhone Contacts Recovery. This software is not totally free, but you can download it and use its trial version to FREE restore your lost iPhone contacts.