How to Recover iPhone Contacts - Address Book is Missing Accidentally

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iPhone Contacts Missing

"And of a sudden, all my iPhone contacts are gone”.

We can see this same or similar question persistently appear online: various discussions, forums, and communities. Of course, this raises a few eyebrows. Why so many iPhone users lost contacts unexpectedly? Generally, there are countless reasons that can cause iPhone contacts loss. Let’s go to explore the most common and top 5 reasons.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Lost iPhone Contacts

A lot of reasons and unexpected incidents can lead to iPhone contacts loss. One or combinations of the below situations may match yours.

iPhone iOS Upgrade: e.g. From iOS 6 to iOS 7

This is the most common one reason that caused iPhone lost contacts and other data. As long as you ever updated your iPhone to a higher iOS version, you may know this: after updating to iOS 7, iPhone prompts whether you’d like to use iCloud and sync iPhone data such as contacts, photos, notes, calendars, etc. Users who previously never synced iPhone contacts to iCloud but willingly or not accepted Apple’s prompt, might find address book is empty without any contact.

iPhone Jailbreak

This is not a direct reason that caused iPhone contacts loss, but having your iPhone Jailbroken could lead to situations in which iPhone contacts are lost.

iPhone Factory Reset

When your iPhone runs into unexpected states such as iPhone stuck on recovery mode, frozen or unresponsive, maybe resetting is a solution to fix it. But what you may not know is that resetting also erased all data and setting on iPhone. Accidental reset also caused data loss on iPhone. 

iPhone Unexpected Attack Such as Automatic Restart

We can randomly see some users complained online that their iPhone automatically restarts or stuck into reboot loop. This could lead to loss of iPhone contacts among other phone data.

Accidental Deletion

Seemly, this is the most stupid thing, but this really happen on no less users.

How to Recover Lost Contacts from iPhone 5s, 5C, 5, 4S, 4, 3GS?

In this article, I will give you 3 methods to get your lost contacts and other more data like photos, text messages, notes, videos in camera roll back.

Method 1: Restore iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup

Restore Contacts from iTunes Backup

Chances are that you backed up your iPhone to iTunes the last time you plug your device into computer. If in this case, you are lucky. Go through the following steps to perform iPhone contacts recovery

How to Recover deleted iPhone contacts via iTunes backup:
Chances are, you backed up your device in iTunes the last time you plugged the device in. If this is the case, you’re in luck.

To restore a deleted contact on your iPhone, all you do is:
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the PC/Mac
Step 2: Open iTunes
Step 3: Click on Devices tab
Step 4: Right-click on the iPhone that’s connected and click ‘Restore from Backup’

Method 2: Retrieve iPhone Contacts form iCloud Backup

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Restore Contacts from iCloud Backup

If you cannot be sure whether you have the contacts on iCloud backup, you can check that by the below steps:
>> Login to https://www.icloud.com with your Apple ID and password
>> Click on Contacts
>> Search your contacts to check if the deleted/lost contact (from your iPhone) is still visible here
If yes, you can now recover that lost contact easily.
Step 1: Go to Settings -> iCloud on your iPhone
Step 2: Turn off Contacts (if it’s not turned off already)
Step 3: When the popup message comes up, press ‘Keep on My iPhone’
Step 4: Now, turn ON the contacts again and tap “Merge”; wait for a while
Step 5: After sometime, you should see the deleted contact back on your iPhone
Step 6: In case this doesn’t work, all you do is delete your iCloud account (but keep all data) and then re-add the iCloud account by logging in with your Apple ID and password
Step 7: Merge all data and wait for a while. After sometime, iCloud will have merged all contacts to your iPhone and the deleted one should be back!

Method 3: Use Third Party Software to Recover iPhone Deleted/Lost Contacts

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iPhone Data Recovery Software

If the above methods are not working for you, you may need to use paid iPhone data recovery software to find the lost contacts. Recommend one is Tenorshare iPhone data recovery, except for recovering data from iPhone without backup, you can also use other two modes: Recover data from iTunes backup & Recover data from iCloud backup. When you choose to recover data from iTunes/iCloud backup, iPhone is not needed, you can perform is without iPhone. Learn more about iPhone data recovery software, click the link.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7/14/2014

    Lost contacts and more other data on iPhone after updating to iOS 8. iPhone Data Recovery worked for me and saved my life!