December 2, 2022
Quick, Easy & Safe tips to retrieve deleted contacts on iPhone

Quick, Easy & Safe tips to retrieve deleted contacts on iPhone

Just incase you lost iPhone contacts, or have accidentally deleted them, don’t worry all your contact are backed up for you to recover them! As you know Apple O.S has become loads better at helping keep your data secure, so your missing contacts may well be safe and sound in a backup of your iPhone on your computer or in iCloud.

This article will guide you through 5 different methods to recover deleted contacts from iPhone.

Don’t forget to regularly back up your iPhone so that you can recover your important information should anything happen to your device. It is also wise to back up your iPhone before updating iOS, as past updates have caused issues for users.

1: Restore Contacts from iCloud

There are couple of ways to recover contacts using iCloud. Let’s dive into the two options below…

1 – Restore Contacts from iCloud (iPhone)

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If your iPhone is set to sync Contacts with iCloud, this option is available to you! iCloud has become a really handy tool for iPhone users, in that loads of files which you may not ordinarily be able to fit on your limited iPhone storage space can live in iCloud instead. It also means that you can easily sync your data between your Apple devices (e.g. accessing your contacts on both your iPhone and your MacBook)!

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This also means that if some of your iPhone contacts have disappeared, you can just reach into the cloud and get them back. Below is how to use your iPhone to merge contacts from iCloud with iPhone.

  1. Grab your iPhone and open the Settings app.
  2. If you are running iOS 10.3 or higher, tap your name, then iCloud. If you are running iOS 10.2 or earlier, you just need to tap iCloud.
  3. Find “Contacts” in the list, and toggle it OFF.
  4. Tap “Keep on My iPhone“.
  5. Then, toggle Contacts ON again.
  6. Finally, tap “Merge“.

For more information, see Apple’s guide to iCloud Contacts.

2 – Restore Contacts from iCloud (

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You can see what is saved to your iCloud by visiting You’ll be able to see information synced from your iPhone such as Contacts, Photos, Calendars, Notes and more.

  1. Open your internet browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari…).
  2. Go to
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID and Password.
  4. Select “Contacts” to view your contacts.
  5. Select the contacts you wish to copy. You can select multiple contacts by using shift-click or ctrl-click.
  6. Click the gear icon in the bottom left corner and click “Export vCard…

Once your contacts have been copied to your computer as vCard, you can import them to your contacts app such as Outlook. This keeps your contacts safe and accessible. You can then even sync your contacts to your iPhone using iTunes!

2: Recover Contacts by restoring your iPhone from iTunes backup

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If you have backed up your iPhone to iTunes before, your contacts may be stored in your backup (If you don’t remember creating a backup of your iPhone with iTunes, you may still have a backup! iTunes will create a backup of your iPhone any time you sync it with iTunes).

iTunes enables you to restore such a backup to your device. This means that your iPhone will essentially revert to the time when the backup was made. Unfortunately, this means that you will lose any data which has been added / edited / removed since the time of the backup. Only use this method if you are happy to revert your iPhone to the time when your backup was made.

To restore an iPhone from an iTunes backup: Quick, Easy & Safe tips to retrieve deleted contacts on iPhone

  1. Launch iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone.
  2. Click your device icon.
  3. In the “Summary” section, click “Restore backup
  4. Select the backup you wish to restore from.

You may need to disable “Find My Phone” on your iPhone before you can restore the device with iTunes. To do this, go to your iCloud settings on your iPhone, tap “Find my iPhone”, then toggle the setting off.

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