Wondering why your important contacts disappeared after every update you do on your iPhone? Or are you thinking where the contacts has gone after you have updated your iPhone to iOS 12?
Or do you have any other questions related to your iPhone contacts missing?
If yes, then this blog is obviously for you because here you will come to know why iPhone contacts disappeared and how to recover deleted contacts from iPhone.
Several iPhone users have reported about the issue and stated that their important contacts were found missing after they have upgraded their phone to iOS 12. Now this situation is not a new thing to occur, but still users get irritated.
Every time users update their phone to any latest version and they have to face some or the other error or data loss on their devices. I should say that this is a common problem, so don’t worry much.
Just go on reading and you will get some best ways to fix iPhone contacts disappeared suddenly and also know how to retrieve deleted contacts from iPhone with ease.
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Why my contacts are missing from iPhone?
Basically, there are several reasons behind your iPhone contacts missing but main reason was found due to bug in operating system.
When a bug occurs on your phone then it directly indicates a failure in system leading to unwanted missing of contacts and other data.
Remember that bug can very easily remove your valuable contacts so you need to fix this bug. In fact, if you have upgraded your phone to new iOS 12 then this bug was due to the update. Before upgrading your iPhone, you should know what devices support iOS 12.
Although update means some new features are added and removes some bugs. Apart from this, there are other reasons as well which include:
- Unintentionally or accidentally deleting files
- Formatting or factory resetting the device
- Doing jailbreak of the phone
- Malicious malware or virus attack
- Restoring iPhone or syncing in iTunes
- Some physical damage like water damage, falling from height etc
After knowing the reasons behind iPhone contacts missing, now its time to show you some of the best ways to recover deleted contacts from iPhone.
Method 1: How to retrieve deleted contacts from iPhone without backup (Recommended)
When you don’t get any way to recover missing contacts from iPhone then good idea is to try a powerful recovery tool like iOS Data Recovery. Using this tool will never let you down as it will easily restore every lost/deleted data from iPhone.
With this tool, you can solve data loss issues and not only it works for contacts but other data as well are also recovered like photos, videos, notes, call history, messages and others.
In fact, when compared to iTunes, all your data can be recovered selectively. This also means that, with backup, you can restore your important contacts from iPhone. This powerful software works on every iOS version and don’t need any kind of technical knowledge.
Step by step guide to restore lost contacts from iPhone
Step 1. Connect iOS Device with Computer
First connect your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) to your computer via USB cable and after that launch the Recovery software and select “Recover”.
As soon it detects your device, the below window will appear
Step 2. Scan your device for lost data
Now you have to click on “Start Scan” option to scan your iOS devices to check the lost/deleted data. This process may take few minutes depending on your data. However if you find the data that you want in between then press “Pause” button to stop the process.
Step 3: Preview and recover the scanned data
After the scanning process is over, result will appear of both existing as well as lost. If you want to filter then you can select “Only display the deleted items” to ON. Here you can preview the data. Even you can search the for the particular file in the search box and at last save the data by clicking the recovery button.
Apart from this, other manual methods can help you to retrieve wiped away contacts from iPhone XR/XS/XS Max.
So let us go through them.
Method 2: Force restart your phone
Doing force restart your phone can help you to get back you’re missing contacts on iPhone. So you should follow the below steps to restart your iPhone.
For iPhone 6/6 Plus– Simply hold down “Home” button + “Power” button for at least 10 seconds and leave them when Apple logo appears on screen
For iPhone 7/7 Plus– You have to press and hold Power + Volume Down button until Apple Logo is seen on iPhone
For iPhone 8/8 Plus/XR/XS/XS Max– Press and unhold ‘Volume Up’ button. Then repeat the same for ‘Volume Down’ button. After that, press and hold Power key until Apple logo appears on iPhone screen
Method 3: Switch off and on the Contacts in iCloud
When you cannot see your contacts on phone then it does not means that they are deleted or gone forever. They are still in the device itself but invisible. So simply toggle On Contacts in iCloud and Off it again.
Do the steps are mentioned:
Step 1: First, launch Settings app on iPhone and click on iCloud. Users of iOS 11 and iOS 12, they should visit Settings > Your User Name > iCloud.
Step 2: Now search for “Contacts” and switch “ON” when it is “OFF”. When a popup appears then tell iCloud to “Replace your Contacts”. If it is switched ‘On’ already then toggle ‘Off’ and again ‘On’ it.
Step 3: When asked, choose “Delete from My iPhone”. But no need to worry as your entire contacts are in iCloud and they will be seen on your phone as well.
Method 4: Check the Contact Group settings
You might know that there is an option named as “Group” in Contacts App where you can easily manage your entire contacts Settings to deal with any kind of missing contacts on iPhone.
You should follow the below steps:
- First, open “Contacts” App on iPhone
- After contact lists open, choose “Groups” in left corner as shown below
- Now in this page, ensure your contacts are not hidden. In addition, choose “All on My iPhone” option and don’t select “All iCloud”
- At last, click on “Done” option. Now refresh your contacts and see whether the deleted contacts are returned or not.
Method 5: Change to default Account Settings
Before doing this method, know that Apple has cancelled this Default Account feature in iOS 11.
Now follow the below steps to proceed further:
Step 1: First, go to Settings App on your phone
Step 2: Now look for “Mail, Calendars, Contacts” function. Select Default Account function in Contacts
Step 3: Here replace On my iPhone to iCloud as Default Account
Method 6: Sign out of iCloud and again sign in
When your iPhone contacts disappear, then trying this method will help you to bring back your contacts.
- First, go to Settings > Your name and then move down
- Now press on Sign Out
- Press in Apple details and click ‘Turn Off’
- Now switch on ‘Contacts’ or other that you want to get back and then press “Sign Out”
- At last, you have to press again on ‘Sign Out’ to confirm
Method 7: Reset Network connections
Even you can try to reset your Network settings and then re-enter Wi-Fi password
Step 1: Now go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings
Step 2: Here you have to enter passcode
Step 3: You will get a warning message that this action will delete all network settings. Select “Reset Network Settings” to proceed further
Step 4: Now check if your invisible contacts are back to iPhone
Method 8: Recover deleted contacts from Email account
There is a possibility to get back your deleted contacts from email. If you have recently deleted your email account then your contacts might also be deleted.
So, you should add your account again and then open Contacts function. Doing this will help you to get back contacts on your iPhone.
Method 9: Retrieve deleted contacts using iTunes Backup
If you restore your iPhone then it can restore your missing contacts on iPhone as well. Follow the steps to proceed further:
Step 1: First, launch iTunes on PC where your backup is already created. Now connect your iPhone using USB cable and click on ‘Trust this Computer’ on iPhone to establish connection
Step 2: Now here you have to click on iPhone and then on ‘Summary’ tab. After this, ‘Restore Backup in iTunes’ and select the recent backup from list
Step 3: Click on “Restore” button and wait until backup process is finished
Step 4: Now allow the device to restart and sync with PC
Doing this steps will help you to get back your lost contacts from iPhone.
Method 10: Make sure to switch on Contacts in Google account
One of the best way to avoid any kind of loss contacts on iPhone is by syncing the Contacts to Google account. But when Contacts toggle switch off then there is a chance to lose your contacts from iPhone.
Step 1: First, go to Settings App in your phone and then go to Contacts
Step 2: Now go to Accounts > Gmail > select Google account. Here make sure you have turned on Contacts
Method 11: Retrieve deleted contacts from iPhone using iCloud backup
This is also one of the best ways to get back missing contacts from iPhone. Just follow the below steps:
Step 1: Go to icloud.com and then login to it
Step 2: Now tap on Settings
Step 3: Here you have to click on Restore Contacts. You will get different options like Restore Calendars and Reminders, Restore Files, Restore Bookmarks.
Step 4: You will get several options to select from popup window. Now choose contacts backup that you wish to restore and then tap on Restore button
Step 5: Here you have to tap on Restore button again to confirm
Step 6: Doing this will take some time so wait for few minutes. A popup window will occur when restoration process is over and at last, click on OK to finish.
Method 12: Restore disappeared iPhone contacts & other data from iCloud backup
There is also another way that can help you to get back missing contacts from iPhone using iCloud, but your device should be synced to it.
Follow the steps below:
- Go to Settings > General > click on Reset > Erase all content and settings
- Now go to Apps & Data > tap on Restore from iCloud Backup > then login to iCloud > tap on Choose Backup.
- Now confirm it and then wait for sometime until your entire backup is restored. Here you can see your iPhone contacts on your phone as usual.
Bonus tip- How to get back important contacts from SIM card
There are many Android users who wish to change to iPhone and when it happens then almost everything just changed. You have to transfer your entire data from Android to iPhone especially contacts.
If you have save your contacts on SIM card then you don’t require much time to transfer those contacts to your iPhone. Only you need to follow the below steps carefully:
Step 1: Insert your SIM to your iPhone in which contacts are stored
Step 2: Now go to Settings > Contacts
Step 3: Move down to look for Import SIM Contacts and then click on it
As I have provided you 12 methods in this blog, I wish you will surely get back lost contacts from iPhone without any hassle. The methods are easy to follow and hope everything goes well for you.
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