Quesion: A few days ago I was out and after having way too much to drink I decided I didn’t need a lot of contacts, so i deleted some of contacts. The next day I realised that you have made a mistake and urgently need those contacts like my important client’s number and my boss. Can anyone help me to find my deleted contacts? —— Michael
Michael is not the only one who deleted contacts by accident. If you encountered such similar situations as well, no worry, we will introduce three ways to find your contacts on iPhone in the following texts.
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 is 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 is smart enough to back up his contacts data so this doesn’t really help me. Additionally if you are out travelling and lose your contacts you can’t retrieve your contacts due to your information only being stored on a static device.
Method 2: Find deleted contacts from iCloud Backup
In terms of being mobile I then looked into finding my deleted contacts from the iCloud.
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 travelling in a remote area this does not help.
After looking into the iTunes and iPhone solutions I was still left scratching my head as I know myself quite well and these options were not a good fit in the long term. I needed something that require regular backing up of data like the iTunes and was as mobile as I was and didn’t need to be connected to the internet to retrieve contacts like iCloud. Additionally it would be good if I had more control over the data I recovered which both of these systems do not over. After some more digging on the internet I came across a solution.
The solution to these problems is a third party data recovery software, iMyfone D-Back.
Method 3: Find deleted contacts with or without Backup using 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 Message, Photos, Videos, Notes, Voice Memo, Bookmark Recovery 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 trail version of the software for free.
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.
2 Then, select the option contacts to recover your contacts.
3 Note: You will also need to tell iMyfone D-Back how you lost the contacts if you choose Smart Recovery mode.You will have to choose “deleted or lost data by accident”.
4 Once this is done, the software will scann your iOS device if you have choosen "Recover from iOS Device" or will scann the local iTunes/iCloud Backup by choosing "Recover from iTunes Backup" or "Recover from iCloud Backup". Once the progress is finished, you can preview the contacts you want to keep before the data is recovered.
The reason why this is the best solution is as a third party, this company, iMyFone, only concentrates on iOS data. Therefore as shown in the data retrieval steps. It has more options in retrieving your data tailored to your needs. It covers mistakes like mine to unintentional ones like a faulty phone or a lost phone. It is down to this specific selection of data recovery that makes it better than the iCloud. Whilst the mobility of the software means iMyfone D-Back can be used wherever you are. Compared to iCloud and iTunes iMyfone D-Back ticks all the boxes and therefore is the best solution for all your data recovery needs.