iPhone Contact Recovery: How to Recover Contacts from iPhone

By Emily Watson, Friday, Nov 14, 2014

"I encountered a strange thing yesterday. My Phone 5s "ate" all contacts without my permission. Actually, I didn't do anything out of normal. The phone kicked me out of Games to the home screen. So I turned iPhone off and restart it. On checking contacts, I saw the entire contacts were gone. Now, I am asking help for all of you to recover contacts on iPhone. Who can help me? Thanks a ton!"

It is not funny to lose a contact, let alone lose all contacts. I have tried to get back my lost contacts by asking people by people from other communication tools and tap one number after another on my phone 6 to edit them again. It wasted me long time and I still couldn't get all contacts back. It seems silly, right? But you are lucky and you don't need to try this silly method any more.

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery is a powerful tool that makes your deleted contacts, photos, videos, messages, calendar, bookmarks recoverable. You can not only recover deleted phone numbers from iPhone directly, but from iCloud and iTunes backup.


Solution 1: Recover Contacts from iPhone 7/7 Plus/SE/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5s/5c/5/4s Directly
Solution 2: Extract and Recover Contacts from iTunes

The followings are guidance in details. You can download the trial version here:

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Solution 1: Recover Contacts from iPhone 7/7 Plus/SE/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5s/5c/5/4s Directly

Step 1: Connect iPhone to the computer and scan it

Connect iPhone to the computer via an USB cable and choose "Recover from iOS Device". Click "Start Scan" when iPhone is detected.

Recover iPhone Contacts from Device Directly


Step 2: Preview and recover iPhone contacts

When scan is complete, all data on iPhone will go on display on the windows. Please choose "Contacts" on the left sidebar to preview the detailed contents, which include the existing ones and deleted ones, one by one. Mark down what you want or select all and click "Recover" button at the right corner to recover contacts from iPhone.

Choose the Deleted Contacts from iPhone

Solution 2: Extract and Recover Contacts from iTunes

Step 1: Extract iTunes backup files

If you have your iPhone stolen or crashed, you can still find back your contacts as long as you backed up your device in iTunes the last time you plugged the device in. Please choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File", select the right device, and click "Start Scan". The program will extract data automatically.

Choose Recovery Mode of iTunes Backup


Step 2: Recover iPhone contacts

Preview the content listed one by one. Since both the existing contacts and the deleted contacts are shown here, click the "Only display the deleted items" button is a good choice. Pick all you need and click "Recover" button finally.

Recover iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup

Since iCloud is a good alternative, it is not everyone interested in iTunes backups these days. If the two solution mentioned above cannot provide convenience for you, you can move on to how to restore contacts from iCloud.

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery not only allows you choose what type files you want to recover to save time and efforts, but it rescue data on iPhone even when iPhone is water damaged/stolen/ crashed/stuck.

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