How to Retrieve Deleted Contacts on iPad

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Recover iPad contacts using Enigma Recovery software

It’s an app that’s now taken for granted, yet it serves the most fundamental function in keeping us socially connected. If you were to ask any user what the most valuable pieces of data on their smartphone or tablet is, they’ll most like mention their contacts in the top three. They take years to build and contain the phone numbers – which we no longer memorise – to ensure your friends and family are only a call or a message away.

But as easily as we overlook the importance of the ‘Contacts’ app, we also disregard the numerous ways in which its entire contents can be wiped.

Whether it’s through accidental deletion, a failed iOS upgrade or even the iPad being lost / stolen, unexpected data loss can be very distressing. And considering the Contacts app contains more than just phone numbers – emails and house addresses – the blow dealt is even heavier.

The good news, however, is that deleted content from an iPad can always be recovered – in particular contacts. When a file gets deleted from an iPad, its space is reserved until a newly created file takes its place (meaning the original file is not always permanently deleted). Our software, Enigma Recovery, scans the memory of your iPad to locate the missing file and reconstruct its code to present it back to the you in a readable format.

You’re then given the ability to simply view the recovered information within the software, export it to your computer or even restore back to your iPad.

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How to Recover Contacts From Your iPad

Since being introduced to the market, one of the biggest benefits of smartphones and tablets was their ability to keep you connected with family and friends through the ‘Contacts’ app. Even with an iPad you’re just a few taps away from communicating in one of many ways – instant messaging, facetime calls and emails. And when synchronised with your maps app, you can even have your journey rooted for you to visit their address – be it for work purposes (meetings and events) or personal.

But despite the app’s importance, most users are oblivious to the dangers of having your contacts wiped and the inconvenience it causes. This can easily happen through an accidental tap, losing the iPad or even a failed iOS upgrade. The task of having to manually re-enter an entire address book – which would have been compiled over a number of years – is one that users would prefer to avoid.

And thankfully, they can.

When contacts are deleted from an iPad – be it individually or in bulk – the data is not always permanently erased. Instead, the file is de-constructed and its space is reserved until a brand new file needs to replace its location. Through a specialist data rescuing software, such as Enigma Recovery, you can regain your deleted file in a matter of minutes. All that’s required are a few simple steps – connect, scan and export – and you can have your lost contacts in a readable format once again.

You Will Need:

  1. The iPad you’d like to recover from
  2. A computer (Windows or Mac)
  3. Latest version of iTunes
  4. A free or full version of Enigma Recovery

Follow these steps

Step 1 – Open Enigma Recovery

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Open the software and select a device to recover from (iOS).

Step 2 – Connect iPad

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Now connect your iPad to the computer, using your USB cable.

Step 3 – Trust Computer

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Follow the instructions that appear to ‘Trust’ the computer with your device.

Step 4 – Scan device

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Select the data type you are looking for (or Select all). Then click ‘Start scan’.

Step 5 – Scan Report

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After the scan, the software will let you know how many existing and deleted files have been found. Click a data type to view your recovered items.

Step 6 – See deleted contacts

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The main screen will now display your contacts. Deleted numbers can now be restored to your handset or exported to your computer.

Step 7 (Optional) – Export contacts

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Select the contacts you wish to save click “Export” and choose “Export selected data”. Or to save all numbers, select ‘Export’ and ‘Export current tab’.

That’s it!

We hope you’ve had success retrieving your data. If you have any questions, please contact our support team here. We’re always happy to help!

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Software Compatible With:

  • iPad
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 3rd Generation
  • iPad 4th Generation
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Mini
  • iPad Mini 2
  • iPad Mini 3
  • Devices with up to iOS 10


Victor Hernandez, Marketing Manager helps new and old customers to get the most out of our products. His interest in emerging tech trends have made him a trend seeker when it comes to mobile and recovery solutions

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