There are Four Ways to Restore Deleted Contacts on iPhone

While cleaning up the address book and making it look perfectly organized, you end up deleting some important contacts accidentally. OMG! When you realize the mistake, you become desperate to recover all of your deleted iPhone contacts.

Before the worry of losing the contacts begin to kill your peace, let me tell you that there are basically four ways to retrieve them. Moreover, Apple offers a super handy iCloud tool to help you bring back all of your data with ease. So, let’s get started!

How to Recover Deleted iPhone Contacts

Method #1: Recover Contacts using iCloud

To me, this is the easiest way to get back the lost data on iOS devices. All you need to have is a computer, a web browser and an active Internet connection to get going.

Step #1. Open a web browser on your computer and go to Then, you need to sign in to your iCloud account.

Step #2. Now, click on the Settings icon.

Click on Settings in Website

Step #3. Next, scroll down to Advanced section and hit Restore Contacts.

Click on Restore Contacts in iCloud web

Step #4. Next up, choose the most recent archive of your contacts and click on Done.

Restore Deleted iPhone Contacts using iCloud Web

Now, all of your iOS contacts will be (slowly but steadily) be restored. One thing worth noting is that the archive of contacts you choose will replace the contacts on all of your devices synced with the same iCloud account.

Method #2: Restore Your iPhone Using Backup

So long as you have iTunes backup, the chances are high that you will be able to reclaim your lost data.

Step #1. Connect your iPhone to the PC/Mac using a USB cable.

Note: You may get a popup on your iOS device to trust this computer or enter your device passcode, do it.

Step #2. Now, open iTunes and click on your iOS device when it shows up. (In case your Mac is running Catalina, open Finder → Click on the device from the sidebar.)

Step #3. Next, click on Restore Backup.

Click on Restore Backup in iTunes

Step #4. Now, check out the date and size of each backup and choose the most recent one → Next up, click on Restore again to confirm.

Restore iPhone Contacts using Backup

Note: If you had taken an encrypted backup, you will need to enter your password.

Now, you will have to wait until the backup has been successfully restored on your iOS device. So, grab a hot coffee and let the iTunes do the job without any interruption. Once your device has been synced with the computer, you can disconnect it.

Method #3: Restore Your iPhone Using iCloud Backup

This is a very drastic method, as you will have to erase all of your content and settings up front. Besides, it’s also a bit more time-consuming.

However, if you don’t have a computer and want to get everything done right from your iOS device, this is the way to go. To get it done, head over to this complete guide.

Method #4: Recover Deleted contacts using Coolmuster, a data recovery software

All-in-one Coolmuster can help recover everything from your iDevice. No matter how you lost iPhone files and what you’ve lost, you can get them back by those 2 iPhone Recovery modes. “Recover contacts from iTunes backup” and “recover contacts from iPhone directly.”

Here is the step by step guide:

Step #1. Run the Coolmuster Data Recovery for iPhone iPad iPod, and you’ll found all iTunes backup files have been detected and displayed in the main interface. Just select one and backup file and start to scan.

Cool Muster iPhone Data Recovery

Step #2. After the scanning, all found data will be shown on the left, including contacts, messages, camera roll, photos, etc. For lost contacts, you can choose “Contacts” and find those contacts you want back. Then click “Recover” to save them on your computer. Done!

Recover Deleted Contact with Coolmuster

Features of Coolmuster:

  • Recover contacts, SMS, calendars, photos, notes, music, and more from iPhone, iPad and iPod within one click.
  • Automatically detect all iTunes backup files on computer.
  • Recover lost data due to iOS upgrade, factory reset, virus attack etc.
  • Regain lost data when your iPhone is inaccessible, stuck in Apple logo, black/white screen of death or when you forget the device password etc.
  • Support all iOS series product including iPhone 6/5/4, iPad and iPod.

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Dr.Fone is also useful data recovery software to recover contacts

There is yet another good alternative for iPhone data recovery is WonderShare’s Dr.Fone. If offers comprehensive solutions to recover deleted files from iPhone, extract iCloud and iTunes backup files, fix the crashed iOS when your device is stuck on Apple logo or white screen and backup WhatsApp history. For more information, please visit

WonderShare iPhone Data Recovery Software

Besides these, you can also use third-party software like Tenorshare & iStonSoft that will let you restore contacts anytime. Even the deleted or lost ones. You can check out our review of Tenorshare software here and the review of iStonSoft here.

There you go!

Wrapping Up…

That’s how you can reclaim your iOS contacts. Though Apple offers multiple ways to retrieve the files, it doesn’t yet offer up a solution to restore only the deleted stuff. That would have made the official solutions more user-friendly.

Which one of the above methods have you chosen and why? Toss up your feedback down below.

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