How to Restore Deleted Contacts from iPhone

There are chances that you delete contacts on iPhone by mistake. You might accidentally delete or lost a particular contact or a list of contacts when you sync the file to your iPhone using iTunes. Contacts are very important to you and you need an easy way to have them back. If you have contacts backup in iCloud or iTunes, you can have it back to your iPhone easily. If not, you might still have them back with the help of some data recovery software.

In this article, I’ll cover three methods to recover your contacts from iPhone. You can choose one that meets your situation and works best for you.

  1. Retrieve contacts from iPhone via iCloud or
  2. Recover contacts from iPhone through iTunes
  3. Restore iPhone Contacts through iPhone Settings
  4. Recover contacts from iPhone using Data Recovery for iPhone

Method 1: Retrieve contacts from iCloud or

If have backup your iPhone using iCloud, you can recover contacts to your iPhone very easy. Don’t know if you backup or not? You can check your backup by tapping Settings > iCloud and see if it’s turn on. If so, follow the below steps to recover your contacts.

Step 1: Go to “Settings”. On iOS 10.2 or earlier, select “iCloud”. For later version of iOS, tap on your name on the top of the screen, choose “iCloud”.

Step 2: Check if “Contact” option is on and using iCloud, if so, turn it off and in the pop-up window, choose “Keep on My iPhone”.

Step 3: Now turn “Contacts” on again and choose “Merge”. You’ll have all your contacts on your iPhone.

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Alternatively, you can retrieve contacts from if you have backups on iCloud. Below is the step by step guide:

Step 1: On your computer, visit, sign in to your iCloud account.

Step 2: Choose “Contacts” from the options. To download all contacts to your PC, tap on the gear icon on the lower left corner and choose “Select All”. Now click “Export vCard” and you’ll have all contacts save to your PC. To download specific contacts, simply hit Shift or Ctrl key to select the contacts you need to download, and then choose “Export vCard” to save them to your PC.

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Method 2: Get contacts back to iPhone via iTunes

If you didn’t have you contacts backup in iCloud but you sync via iTunes, you’ll probably have a copy of all your contacts in iTunes. You’ll able to sync your contacts to your iPhone following the steps below:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer and then launch iTunes.

Step 2: Click on the Device tab and choose your iPhone. In “Summary”, choose “Restore iPhone”

Step 3: Now choose a backup to restore your iPhone from. Then all the content on your iPhone will be replaced by the backup. Make sure you have a backup of your latest iPhone first, in case you lost anything important when syncing backup to your iPhone.

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Method 3: Restore iPhone Contacts through iPhone Settings

In some circumstances, changes iPhone contacts setting in iPhone might also help to restore deleted contacts. Below we offer three Setting changes and you can give it a try to see if they work for you:

  • Change Contacts’ Groups Settings
    Open Contacts, tap Groups on the top right corner
    Uncheck All iCloud
    Select All on iPhone
    Click on Done (top right)
    Check if you got back all contacts
  • Reset the Network Connections
    Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings
    Choose Reset iPhone Network Connections in the pop up message
    Now Enter your passcode and choose Reset Network Settings to continue, don’t be scared by the message that reminding you “this action will delete all your network settings”. This action will only clear your current saved networks and Wi-Fi passwords, which you can re-enter later. So give this a try to retrieve lost contacts.

Method 4: Recover lost Contacts on iPhone using Data Recovery Program

We’ve recommend Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone for covering data accidently lost on your iPhone. It can help you recover contacts too. With the help of it, you don’t need to worry about losing important data during syncing via iTunes and you can easily restore the contacts that are missing.

It’s not a free program and you need to pay to recover your contacts. The good news is, you can download the free trial version and check if the program can find missing contacts.

The Program offers three ways to recover your data: from iPhone, from iCloud backup, and from iTunes backup. This iPhone contact recovery program is very user friendly and straight-forward, so you can download it and figure out how to recover data yourself. Or read on to see the step by step guide on how to recover from iPhone directly:

Step 1: Download and install the program on your computer. When finished, connect your iPhone to the computer and launch the software

Step 2: On the main interface, choose the first tab “Recover from iPhone” on the left menu, and then check “Contacts and Call Logs” only and click “Next”

Step 3: It will start scanning your iPhone for all contacts info, when finished, all the contacts will be displayed in the right panel.

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Step 4: 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. After that, you can sync contacts to your iPhone.

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