Three methods to restore the lost/deleted contacts on iPhone5S/5C/5/4S

One day, you told siri to call someone like you had done a hundred times before, but siri said there wasn’t any contact with that name, you touched the Contacts icon and momentarily got a screen with Contacts that immediately went away. There are no Contacts on your iPhone! Obviously, all the contacts are lost! It was definitely a terrible thing especially you have a large number of contacts stored in the iPhone and your iPhone has so much to do with work. At this time, you may just want to restore the lost contact on iPhone ASAP.

Generally, there are two common methods to restore the lost contact on iPhone

iCloud: which is the most preferred and popular method today

iTunes: an old method which still many people use

iOS Data Recovery: a professional data recovery tool designed to recover the lost/deleted data from iPhone.

How to restore iPhone contacts via iTunes backup?

I f you backed up your iPhone with iTunes in a very recent time, you’re in luck. Restore lost contacts on your iPhone, all you do is:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the PC/Mac via usb cable and run iTunes

Step 2: Click on Devices tab

Step 3: Right-click on the iPhone and choose “Restore from Backup”.

Step4: From the drop-down menu, choose the backup that you wish to restore from, and hit “Restore”

Note that this will effectively remove all current data on your iPhone and replaced by the previous data on the the backup files.

How to restore lost iPhone contacts via iCloud backup

First make sure you have enabled iCloud Contacts sync. To check if this is true:

•     Login to with your Apple ID and password
•     Click on Contacts
•     Search your contacts to check if the lost contact (from your iPhone) is here
If yes, you can now restore that lost contact easily.

Step 1: Go to Settings -> iCloud on your iPhone, and turn off Contacts

Step 2: When the popup message comes up, press ‘Keep on My iPhone’

Step 3: Now, turn ON the contacts and click “Merge”; wait for a while

Step 4: After sometime, you should see the lost contact back on your iPhone. In case this doesn’t work, all you do is delete your iCloud account (but keep all data) Then add your iCloud account again, and still choose “merge” when prompted.

How to recover contacts on iPhone via  iOS Data Recovery?

I have to mention that the above 2 methods only work when you have backups, What to do if you don’t have backup? A third party tool is needed. Here I recommend  iOS Data Recovery.

iOS Data Recovery aims to help you recover lost or deleted data from iPhone with 3 steps. It supports iPhone 5/5S/5C/4S, etc. Download this powerful program for Mac & Windows by clicking below icons.


Step 1: Connect your iPhone to computer
Run Pavtube iOS Data Recovery; connect your iPhone to PC with USB cable. Then select “Recover from iOS Device” to start the iPhone contacts recovery job. You’ll see the window below.

Step 2: Start to scan your iPhone
iOS Data Recovery scan your iPhone automatically ,after scanning finished, all the files include contacts, messages, call history, calendar , notes, Safari Bookmark stored on you iPhone will displayed in the windows.

Notes:the scanning time depends on the number of the files on your iPhone. So if there are lots of data on your iPhone, please wait patiently until the software finish the scanning task

Step 3: Preview the contacts and selectively to recover
In the scanning result, you can easily preview all data found on your iPhone .Click the categories of contacts on the top side of the window. You can preview all the details of them. you can check box “only display deleted items”to only display the deleted contacts, so that you can quickly find out the deleted files and mark what you want to save them on your computer by clicking “Recover”.

Notes: the orange ones represent the deleted files.
Tips: In order to avoid losing data from iPhone again, please backup your iPhone frequently.

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