How To Find Deleted Contacts On iPhone

Question: A few days ago I was out and after having drunk way too much I decided I didn’t need a lot of contacts, so i deleted some of contacts. The next day I realised that I have made a mistake and urgently need those contacts like my important client’s number and my boss's. Can anyone help me to find my deleted contacts?  By the way, iOS 10.3 is running on my iPhone.

—— Michael

Michael is not unique in his situation. This happens to a lot of people all the time. If you have lost some of your contacts and are wondering how to get them back, this article will offer you three different ways to get your contacts back on your device. Read on to find out.

Method 1: Find Deleted Contacts from iTunes Backup

One way to store your data is to back it up on iTunes. iTunes stores backups on your Mac or PC. Therefore making your data secure as long as you have your PC or Mac.

To do this, click “File” on the menu bar, and then select “Devices” > “Restore from Backup”.

Unfortunately this assumes the drunk guy who deleted his contacts was smart enough to have backed up his contacts data, or this doesn’t really help sometimes. Additionally, you may have been travelling and hence didn’t have a chance to back up the device.


Method 2: Find Deleted Contacts from iCloud Backup

To restore contacts on iCloud, launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap on "iCloud". Turn on the option for "Contacts", if it's already on, turn it off and then back on again to trigger a re-download.

However there are some obvious disadvantages. You are not able to choose which contacts you want to keep or discard, and have to merge the contacts with previous data. You also need to be connected to the internet to retrieve. If you are travelling in a remote area, this does not help.


Method 3: Find Deleted Contacts with or without Backup Using iMyFone D-Back

Both iTunes and iCloud are not viable solutions as a long-term measure especially when you don’t have a backup of the missing contacts in the first place. But there is a solution that will work and gives you more control over which contacts to recover. This solution is a third-party data recovery tool known as iMyFone D-Back.

iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery or iMyFone D-Back recovery tool for Mac is a professional iPhone data recovery tool and supports to recover 22+ file types such as Messages, Photos, Videos, Notes, Voice Memos, Bookmarks on all iOS Devices. You can preview and selectively recover the data you want.

To try iMyFone D-Back click on the following green button. You can download the trail version of the software for free.

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Following are the steps to recover deleted contacts from iPhone.

1 Once the software is downloaded, choose the recovery mode you like: Smart Recovery, Recover from iOS device, Recover from iTunes Backup or Recover from iCloud Backup.

choose the recovery mode

2 You will need to tell iMyFone D-Back how you lost the contacts if you choose Smart Recovery mode.Then the software will select a suitable recovery mode for you from the other 3 modes automatically according to your situation.

tell iMyfone D-Back how you lost the contacts

If you directly choose the other modes, you will see the following interface after clicking "Start". Select the option “Contact" to recover, and then click "Next".

select the option contact

3 Once that is done, the software will ask you to connect you iPhone to the computer and scan it if you have choosen "Recover from iOS Device".

scan you iPhone

If you select "Recover from iTunes Backup" in the first place, you need choose a backup file so that the software could scan it.

choose iTunes backup file

If you'd like to recover from iCloud backup, you have to enter your iCloud account information and also choose a backup for scanning. (Note: iMyFone will not record or leak out your account information.)

choose iTunes backup file

4 Once the progress is finished, you can preview the contacts you want to keep before the data is recovered. Choosing a location on your computer to store the data will be the final step.

preview the contacts you want

This program makes it very easy to recover data from your iOs device. It supports all iOS devices running different iOS version, even the latest iOS 10.3. And it can recover data regardless of the circumstances leading to data loss. With iMyFone D-Back or iMyFone D-Back for Mac , data recovery can be done in just a few simple clicks. Try it today. You won’t be disappointed.

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  • Kelley

    My contacts were deleted by my little bro three days ago, and I didn’t backup it at all. Could this program help?

    • You can try the free trial version to scan your iPhone. Generally, iMyfone D-Back can recover deleted data provided that they are not overwritten.

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