How to recover deleted contacts from iPhone, iTunes, iCloud?

recover iphone contactsThe built-in Contacts app on iPhone and iPad is a very useful contact management application. It stores very important information such as your contacts, their email addresses, phone numbers, etc. You have to back up these information regularly through iTunes or iCloud so in case of any data lost, you can restore from backup files. If you accidentally delete some contacts from iPhone without backups, you need to use a data recovery tool. Here we recomend you this data recovery program for iPhone iPad iPod. This software is very useful can help you easily recover deleted files from iPhone like contacts, text messages, photos, call history, calendars, reminders, etc. You will learn different ways to recover iPhone contacts with or without backups. If you have synced iPhone to computer, you can recover iPhone contacts from iTunes; If you backed up contacts from iPhone to iCloud server, you can recover iPhone contacts from iCloud; If no backups made, you can directly recover contacts from iPhone. Yes, you are right. You can even recover deleted contacts from iPhone directly.

iPhone contacts recovery methods

Before we are going to recover deleted contacts from iPhone or iPad, go to download the iOS data recovery tool on to your PC or Mac.

#1. How to Recover deleted contacts from iPhone directly?

As we know there is no such an option to undelete or undo contacts deletion on iPhone or iPad. Once the contacts are removed from iPhone or iPad, you need either to sync contacts back from computer through iTunes, or retrieve them from iCloud. The above iPhone contacts recovery software however can scan your iOS devices and recover contacts from iPhone directly, just like file restore from trash bin on a PC or Mac. Isn’t it very cool feature every iPhone user desires?

Step 1. Connect iPhone to computer

Connect iPhone or iPad to your PC or Mac via USB cord, the one you use to transfer data between iOS device and computer.

Step 2. Scan iPhone to find contacts

Run iPhone recovery software on your PC or Mac and use it to scan your iPhone or iPad. It can look for the files from internal storage of your iOS devices, including contacts, phone numbers, texts, photos, videos, call history, WhatsApp messages, notes, safari bookmarks, etc.

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From the top of the iPhone recovery software, you will find three tabs: 1. Recover from iOS device, 2. Recover from iTunes Backup Files, 3. Recover from iCloud Backup Files. It defaults to the recovery mode from iOS device. To recover contacts from iPhone other than iTunes or iCloud we do not need to change to other recovery mode, as it opens recovery from iOS device tab automatically.

Click on Scan button from the bottom, the iPhone recovery program will analyze your iPhone or iPad connected, scan internal storage of the iOS device.

Step 3. Recover contacts from iPhone

After scanning process, you will find all retrievable data organized as shown from below screenshot.
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Go to Messages & Call log >> Contacts menu from navigation panel on the left side. You can preview all your contacts in the middle column. Click on a specific contact to show up the contact details, such as phone numbers, address, first name, last name, emails etc. All details will be displayed in the right column. Click Recover button on the bottom right corner to recover all contacts from iPhone to PC or Mac. You can also choose to select and recover specific contacts. Simply right click on contacts to reveal more iPhone contacts recovery options.

As we have mentioned above, the iPhone recovery software can actually recover a wide range of deleted files for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. For example, you can refer to this guide to recover WhatsApp chats, received photos on iPhone. You can follow this tutorial to recover deleted text messages from iPhone when no backups created before.

Recover iPhone contacts to computer or iPhone?

You have the options to save iPhone contacts to computer or put them back to iPhone directly. However we strongly recommend you firstly recover deleted contacts from iPhone to a PC or Mac. Then double check to ensure all lost contacts and other files you like to recover have been saved on your lattop or desktop. Finally you can go to transfer the files back to iPhone. Although the deleted contacts still save on your iPhone, they are flagged as deletion, so any new data save to your iPhone may overwrite those deleted contacts or other data on it. If the deleted files have been overwritten, you will no longer be able to retrieve them.

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After that, you will get another dialogue where you can choose the target folder on your PC or Mac hard disk to save the exported contacts from iPhone or iPad.
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Confirm the folder path and click Recover button. When you open the folder on your computer, you will find contacts are saved as CSV, HTML and VCF files.
export iphone contacts to computer as csv, html and vcf files

You can open and view your iPhone iPad contacts on PC or Mac easily, for example, you can open the CSV file with Excel, Numbers, a text editor or spreadsheet program, open the HTML file using your web browser, open the VCF file in Outlook or other editors. These contacts files are easy to transfer from desktop to iPhone or iPad. For example, you can refer to this tutorial to transfer VCF contacts to iPhone iPad via email. VCF/VCard contacts files are very user friendly, they can be imported to Android, iOS and more mobile OS or platforms easily. Before you send them to mobile phones through email, you may need to merge multiple VCF vCard files on Mac.

#2. Recover iPhone contacts from iTunes backup

If you have already backed up contacts on iPhone using iTunes, you can sync iPhone from iTunes backup on the computer. Today we will not discuss how to recover deleted iPhone contacts through iTunes. Beware that iTunes restore will replace all your personal data on iPhone with old data saved in the backup. You have not choice to selectively restore contacts or certain contacts. Insteadly itunes restore everything in its backup like contacts, messages, photos, call history, calendar, notes and many more to iPhone. Any data you created after the last backup will be deleted.

The iPhone recovery tool we used above however can help you selectively extract any data from iTunes backup, you can preview these data, and selectively recover only those files you need. Switch to the ‘Recover from iTunes Backup Files‘ mode, see below screencast.

recover iphone contacts from itunes backup

Then use it to search the deleted contacts from different itunes backup files saved on your desktop until you find the lost contacts you want to retrieve. iPhone contacts recovery becomes quite similar as we recover deleted contacts from iPhone above. You can also refer to this step-by-step tutorial to extract iPhone contacts from iTunes backup files. To recover iPhone contacts from iTunes using this iPhone recovery is very intuitive, much easier and safer than iTunes sync.

#3. Recover iPhone contacts from iCloud backup

If you have enabled iCloud on your iPhone, it will automatically back up your contacts to Apple’s iCloud server. This iPhone data recovery program can also help you download contacts from iCloud server. Switch to ‘Recover from iCloud Backup Files‘, you will be prompted to connect to iCloud server using your Apple ID and password. Once you logged in iCloud account, you will be able to download any data from your iCloud account. Check out this step-by-step guide to download iPhone backup from iCloud to computer.

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Congrats! Now we have learned all the three different ways to recover iPhone contacts: recover deleted contacts from iPhone directly, recover iPhone contacts from iTunes and recover iPhone contacts from iCloud. Should you have any further inquiries, do not hesitate to contact us through email or simply leave us a message in the comment section below.