5 Solutions for iPhone Contacts Disappeared

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Some iPhone users have reported that their contacts have mysteriously disappeared. One moment you can see your contact’s names and numbers and then suddenly, the names are all gone and all you see is random numbers. This is a particularly inconvenient problem especially when you haven’t a clue who the number belongs to and don’t want to call the wrong person.

If your contacts have mysteriously vanished, read on for a few solutions you can try to bring normalcy to your contacts app.

Part 1 4 Tips from Apple Discussions Board

We start our search by looking at the Apple discussions board to see if anyone else had this problem and have found the following 4 helpful tips for you.

1 Toggle Contacts in iCloud Off and then on again

Your contacts have not disappeared, they are just not showing up properly. Try toggling Contacts in iCloud on and then off again to fix it. Here’s how to do that.

Step 1: Launch the settings app on your iPhone and then tap on iCloud.

Step 2: Find “Contacts” and turn it “ON” if it is “OFF.” When asked, tell iCloud to “Replace your Contacts.” If it is already turned “On” toggle it “Off” and then “On” again.

Step 3: If asked, select “Delete from My iPhone.” Don’t worry, your contacts are still in iCloud and they will come right back to your iPhone.

 Turn iCloud Contacts Off


2 Go To Contacts Groups Settings

Step 1: Go to contacts app. Click groups at the top of your contacts page. Choose "All on My iPhone" instead of "All iCloud".

Step 2: Check to see if the contacts have come back. If not, try our 3rd option.

  Go To Contacts Groups Settings


3 Reset the Network Connections

You can also try resetting your Network settings and reentering your Wi-Fi password.

Step 1: Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Step 2: Enter your passcode when requested.

Step 3: You should see a warning message that this action will delete all your network settings. Choose “Reset Network Settings” to continue.

Step 4: Check to see if your contacts are back.

 Reset the Network Connections


4 Change Default Account In Settings Back to iCloud

Step 1: Go to settings on your iPhone.

Step 2: Tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Click on Default Account under contacts.

Step 3: Select iCloud instead of On my iPhone as the default account.

If your contacts are still missing, you should consider using a 3rd-party tool to get them back. The best tool to try is iMyfone D-Back that can easily recover your lost data regardless of the circumstances leading up to the loss. It is easy to use, even if you have never used a data recovery tool and very efficient.


Part 2 How to use iMyfone D-Back to Get your Contacts Back

To restore iPhone contacts using iMyfone D-Back iPhone contact recovery for Win or iPhone contact recovery for Mac, The following are some of the main reasons why you should choose to use iMyfone D-Back to get your contacts back.

  • Preview and selectively recover the data you want.
  • Support 22+ File Types, such as Contacts, PhotosMessagesVideosNotes and other files.
  • Support recovery on almost All iOS Devices, including iPhone 6siPhone SEiPad, iPod Touch.
  • There are four modes that can be used as per user’s proficiency which are Smart Recovery, Recover from iOS Device, Recover from iTunes Backup. Recover from iCloud Backup.

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Steps To Recover iPhone Contacts

1  Download the program to your computer and once installed, choose the recovery mode that best suits your situation. In this tutorial, we choose “Smart Recovery” since it is the easiest for beginner users.

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2  In the next window, the program asks you to select the reason for data loss. In this case choose “Deleted or lost data by accident” since the contacts randomly disappear.

select how you lost the data

3  Select the files you want to recover this covers a wide range of files from text messages, images and most importantly contacts.

select the files

4  You should then connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables and once the program recognizes the device, click “Scan”

scan iphone to find iphone contacts disappeared

5  Once this has been completed you can preview and choose the contacts you want to recover and then click Recover to restore contacts.

preview and choose the contacts

Having iMyfone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery or iPhone Data Recovery for Mac turned out to be a worthy investment. I can rely on the data recovery program to restore my missing data every time I use it. Try it today!

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  • Mychala Aryal

    Thank you! This post fixed the issue. I have my contacts back. My memory was getting low. Is it possible that may have triggered the loss?

    • Hello Mychala, There are many causes of iPhone contacts disappearing. Have you just updated your iOS system? Some Apple users found there contact are disappeared after they updated iOS system.

  • Susan

    I just recovered a few important contacts. But I can’t seem to remember what one contact was saved as. (older contact from long ago). Any suggestions?

    • Hello Susan, thanks for your question. We will export the recoverable contacts as a CSV file. You can check the CSV file for more details.

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