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How to Recover Deleted Contacts from iPhone 6/6 plus/6s/7

Have you ever deleted your contacts by accident or lost data after upgrading to latest iOS? If you are trying to recover deleted contacts from iPhone, you will find the clear steps here about restoring contacts from iPhone with iTunes iCloud.

Updated Sep 15,2017 | by Shannon

Have you ever mistakenly deleted iPhone contacts and tried to recover contacts from iPhone? Or experienced contacts missing after upgrading iOS? Losing iPhone contacts can be an annoying and tough thing. However in this article, you will find a few solutions that will help you recover contacts from iPhone easily.

<< Manage and transfer iPhone contacts to PC.

How to Recover Deleted Contacts via iTunes Backup

It's quite easy to recover iPhone contacts if you regularly backed up your iPhone with iTunes. You could follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open iTunes on your PC after connecting iPhone to PC with USB cable.

Step 2: Select your device by clicking on the phone icon on the tap bar.

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Step3: Click “Restore Backup…”.

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And continue choosing “Restore” in the popup.

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Step4: If the backup was encrypted, you need to enter the passcode.

Note: Keep your iPhone connected and wait for it to finish the restoring process.  This may take about an hour, depends on the file size.


A popup will remind you once the restoring process complete, and your iPhone will automaticlly restart. 

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Since the backup contains all your iPhone data, it will restore deleted iPhone contacts. Also this effects on iPhone photos, videos, notes, messages, songs and App data.

How to Recover Deleted Contacts with iCloud

If you have enabled iCloud Contacts sync, it would be much easier to recover deleted contacts from iCloud. You don’t even have to connect iPhone to a computer. Just follow the 3 steps.

Step 1: Go to Settings > your Apple account > iCloud


Step 2: Switch off the Contacts option. Tap on “Keep on My iPhone”.

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Step 3: Turn on the Contacts option and choose “Merge”.


Wait for a few seconds or minutes, go check your Contacts on iPhone, you will find the deleted contacts are back.

More tips about Managing iPhone Contacts:

How to Transfer Contacts from an Old iPhone to a new iPhone 7

How to Delete iPhone Contacts in Bulk

Backup iPhone Contacts to iTunes, iCloud or Email

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