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How to Recover Deleted or Lost Contacts from iPhone (iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Included)

How to restore deleted or lost contacts on iPhone that weren't backed up?  I deleted some contacts probably two months ago thinking I wouldn't need them.  Come to find out, I do. So, I need help on trying to recover the deleted contacts.  I do not recall if my iPhone 6 was backed up at the time. Help please. - A user from Apple Discussion forum.

Many reasons may cause contacts deleted or lost, such as iPhone damaged, accidental deletion, virus attack and so on. If you delete your contacts which is really important without intention or lost your contacts which haven’t been backed up, don’t worry, this article will show you how to retrieve deleted iPhone contacts whether you backup your iPhone or not. Before recovering deleted iPhone contacts, you should check your iPhone if the contacts are still there.

Check your iPhone before Recovering iPhone Contacts

Place your iPhone in airplane mode

Turn off your wireless network, unplug your Ethernet cable, or place your iPhone in airplane mode so that your iPhone cannot connect to the internet and sync. This step gives you a chance to log on to your account from another device or browser and see if your contacts are still available online before your device starts to sync.

Check for a misconfigured setting

Sometimes you suddenly find some of your contacts lost and you remember clearly that you haven’t deleted them, there's a possibility that these contacts has been hidden on your iPhone. Check your settings to see if you may have hidden some of your contacts from view.

Check your default contacts account

If you store and edit your contacts using your iCloud account instead of a third-party account, like Google or Yahoo, iCloud will automatically update your contacts. Check whether your contacts are stored with iCloud, and log on to your iCloud account to see if your contacts are still there.

Restore or Retrieve Deleted Contacts from iPhone

If you have checked your iPhone and these contacts are still in your iCloud, you can get contacts from iCloud. Below are the detailed steps on how to restore contacts from iCloud.

Get or Restore contacts from iCloud

  1. Log into iCloud on the web with your Apple ID and password.
  2. Click the "Settings" icon in the main iCloud menu.
  3. Click on the content you need to restore. Options are files stored in iCloud Drive, a list of contacts, or your Calendar and Reminders. Here you just need to click ”Restore Contacts”. Select an archive of contacts to restore. Click Restore to get deleted contacts back.

After you check your iCloud but your contacts are still missing, that means you can’t recover missing contacts from iCloud, all you need is an outstanding and powerful iPhone data recovery such as Cisdem iPhoneRecovery to help you recover deleted or lost contacts from your iPhone whether you backup iPhone contacts or not.

Recover or retrieve deleted contacts on iPhone without backup

Cisdem iPhoneRecovery is an easy-to-use data recovery to recover deleted messages, contacts, call history, Safari bookmarks, notes, calendar, etc from iOS devices whatever reasons your data were lost. It is designed to recover iPhone deleted files as HTML, excel, word, numbers, pages format with several simple steps. You can download Cisdem iPhoneRecovery for free trial and follow the guidance below to test the software can recover iPhone data or not.

Download free trial of Cisdem iPhoneRecovery for Mac

Steps on recovering deleted contacts directly from iPhone

  1. Launch Cisdem iPhoneRecovery on Mac. Connect your iPhone to your Mac > Select “Recover from iOS Device”.
  2. Click "Start Scan" button and Cisdem iPhoneRecovery start to scan your iPhone to find your recently deleted contacts.
  3. Then Cisdem iPhoneRecovery will show all your deleted contacts. Select the contacts you deleted before and export them as HTML, excel, word, numbers, pages format.

As we all know, we can backup iPhone data to iTunes, but iTunes stores the data in unreadable files and you can’t check them directly. If your iPhone contacts have been backed up to iTunes, you can also use Cisdem iPhoneRecovery to recover your recently deleted contacts from iTunes backup file with ease. Just choose “Recover from iTunes Backup File” mode, then choose an iTunes back file, click “Start Scan” to scan your deleted contacts. At last, preview and recover all your iPhone deleted contacts.

Stuff happens, but we always find solutions to deal with. If your iPhone lose data accidentally or due to other circumstances, Cisdem iPhoneRecovery is always be a good assistant to help you recover your iOS devices’ data without any data loss. But don’t lose your iPhone data is always the best.

Also ReadSee How Easily You Can Recover Deleted Photos and Pictures from iPhone

Tips to Prevent iPhone Data Loss Including Contacts

Prevention is always better cure. In order to avoid data loss situation, some of the following steps may help you to prevent your iPhone data loss.

1. Always backup your iPhone data such as contacts to iCloud or iTunes. When you backup your contacts to iCloud or iTunes, you can always get them back no matter what happens to your iPhone. And you can also transfer your iPhone contacts to Mac for backup. This is the safest method.

2. Use an anti-virus software and keep it updated to safeguard your iPhone. iPhone viruses may lead to cell phone users crippling, shutdown. The information will be censored or even damage SIM cards, chips and other hardware. Keeping your iPhone anti-virus software updated can safeguard your iPhone from virus attack when you download files or browse the web.

3. Store Data in Different Locations. This tip can reduce the risk of data loss. You can store your contacts to iCloud or other third-party accounts, like Google or Yahoo. You can have easy access to your contacts without your phone.

4. Don’t let your iPhone overload to avoid iPhone crash. iPhone crash can lead to data loss when you are saving changes.

2016-05-25 04:39:22 / Posted byRosa Reyes to iPhone Data Recovery Follow @ Rosa

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2 Responses

  • Aaron

    Awesome,  I didn’t know what to do with my lost contacts and cisdem iphone recovery helped me! Thank you a lot!!

    1 years ago REPLY
  • Sherly

    Great article, I bought this software recommended in this article, and it allowed me to quickly recover some lost and deleted contacts . It’s magic.

    1 years ago REPLY

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