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iPhone Contacts Disappeared: Did Your Address Book Just Go Missing?

author Emily Watson
date Sunday, June 12, 2016

"WTF?! Where are my contacts? I should have not upgraded my iPhone 6 to the damn iOS10 !!!"

"Just jailbroke my iPhone 6s. Everything is fine, but where is my contacts?"

Did the situations described above bring up any bad memory of yours? It happens all the time: I don't know what goes wrong, but my iPhone 7/7 Plus/SE/6/6s/6s Plus/5s contacts just disappeared. There are so many different reasons that could lead to iPhone contacts missing. This post is not going to bore you with all the reasons behind, but to offer you the solutions that might help you out.

To users who are anxious to get missing iPhone contacts back, backup on iTunes or iCloud seems like lifesaver. Thus, users often try to regain the iPhone contacts by restoring their iPhone from an iTunes or iCloud backup. The solution seems simple; however, it comes at a price. When recovering from a backup via iTunes or iCloud, you can't choose to restore just the missing contacts from a backup, which means that, apps and data that are downloaded or created on iPhone since your last backup will be erased after the backup recovery. Even worse, unable to preview files in the backup via iTunes, you might recover the backup that contains no disappeared contacts that you are looking for. That is to say, you can't find the missing iPhone contacts while losing apps and data for nothing.

Solution above seems unsatisfying. Is there an easy way to get the contacts back without making any change on your iPhone? Certainly there is! FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery (opens new window) comes to your rescue. With this software, you will be able to regain your missing contacts within a few clicks and cause no data loss on your iPhone.

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Solution 1: Recover iPhone Contacts from iPhone Directly

Step 1: Launch FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery on your computer. Then, connect your iPhone with computer by USB cable. When connected, click "Start Scan" to scan files of your iPhone.

Recover from iOS Device

Step 2: When the scanning comes to an end, click "Contacts" on the left sidebar and all your missing contacts will appear in the main window. Select contacts you want to recover, and click "Recover". Your missing contacts will then be back. The recovered phone numbers will be saved as HTML, CSV and VCF files.

Get Back Missing Contacts from iPhone

Solution 2: Recover iPhone Contacts from iCloud

Step 1: Choose "Recover from iCloud Backup File" and log in your iCloud account. Your iCloud backups will come up.

Sign in to iCloud

Step 2: Choose one of the backup, and click "Download" button beside the backup. In the pop-up window, choose "Contacts" and click "Start Scan" so that only the contacts data in the backup will appear.

Recover Contact of iCloud Backup

Solution 3: Recover iPhone Contacts from iTunes Backup

Step 1: Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" on FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery. All your iPhone backups which have synced with iTunes on this computer will be automatically listed on the right. Select the backup that you need and click "Start Scan".

Recover from iTunes Backup File

Step 2: After scanning, choose "Contacts" on the left sidebar, and select contacts that you would like to recover from the listed item. Click "Recover".

Contacts of iTunes Backup

Recovering contacts with FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery (opens new window) is easy and safe. Why not download the software right now and have a try yourself?

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