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OMG…where have those iPhone contacts gone! Why the contacts disappeared from my iPhone? How can I get them back?

Relax… mate! There is nothing new about the sudden disappearance of iPhone contacts. Just like many iOS users, I have also encountered this issue a few times.

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iPhone Contacts Disappeared

The ill-fated software update has been found to be one of the main reasons behind “iPhone contacts not showing up” issue. Give these simple trick a try to get those contacts back again.

iPhone Contacts Not Showing Up: Try Out These Solutions to Get them Back

Possible Solutions

Solution #1. Sign Out of iCloud and then Sign in Back, Make Sure Contacts Switch is Enabled

Step #1. Open Settings app → iCloud (in iOS 10.3, tap on profile and then tap on iCloud.)

Tap on Settings then iCloud on iPhone

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Step #2. Tap on Sign Out → Tap on Sign Out again in Pop-up.

Sign Out from iCloud on iPhone

Step #3. Next, quit Settings.

Step #4. Now, Sign In to your iCloud account.

Solution #2: Delete Previously Synced iCloud Contacts and Resync Them on Your iPhone

Step #1. Launch Settings on your iPhone → Tap on iCloud. (You need to click on your profile picture in iOS 10.3 or later. Then, click on iCloud.)

Tap on Settings then iCloud on iPhone

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Step #3. Turn off the switch next to Contacts → Now, you need to tap on Delete from My iPhone.

Turn Off iCloud Contacts on iPhone

Step #5. Quit the Settings app and force reboot your iPhone.

Step #6. Once your iOS device has restarted, open Settings → iCloud.

Step #7. Now, you need to turn on the switch next to Contacts.

Then, quit the Settings app, wait for some time. Then, turn off the Contacts switch and select Keep on My iPhone. Now, wait for some time and turn on the Contacts switch again.

Note: If some of your contacts are available only on your iPhone, you would be asked; “What would you like to do with your existing local contacts on your iPhone?” Tap on Merge.

Now, open the Contacts app, the missing contacts will be back.

Solution #3: Restore Your iPhone with iTunes Backup

If you had backed up your iOS device with iTunes before the problem arose, restore it with that backup.

Step #1. Connect your iOS device to your computer. Trust the computer on your iPhone.

Step #2. Select your device. Then, click on Restore Backup.

Click on Restore Backup in iTunesMake sure to check out the date and size of each backup. Choose the most recent backup. Then, click Restore.

Solution #4: Use a third-party software to Recover the Data You hadn't backed up

There are several third party software that allows you to restore the lost data even if you hadn't backed it. PhoneRescue is top notch data recovery app for iOS. It allows you easily retrieve lost data on your iPhone.

Wrap Up

Have these solutions worked for you in retrieving the disappeared iPhone contacts? Let me know that in the comments below.

You may want to read: Wondershare Data Recovery for Mac- Get All your Lost Data Back Easily.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.