How to Restore Contacts on iPhone

Software to recover deleted iPhone contacts

Every 1-3 years roughly the general population of smartphone users will upgrade their phone. In order to keep up with the latest iOS version and also – let’s face it – to keep up with the times! The more you transfer old data to your new iPhone is the more likely some of it will become lost in translation. This tutorial will help you recover deleted iPhone contacts. Let us help you get them back.

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Compatibility iPhone X/8/7/6/5/4/SE, iPad, iPod Touch, iOS 6 - 11

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Missing iPhone contacts

If you are the unfortunate victim of a failed iOS update or an incomplete iPhone sync you may have lost iPhone files in the process. There is a way you can recover your deleted contacts. In fact there are two ways to recover deleted contacts from an iPhone. Option one is to recover straight from the iPhone, and option two is to recover contacts from an iPhone backup file.

A backup file is a file full of your iPhone data, saved through iTunes or iCloud. If you backed up your iPhone to iTunes or iCloud at any point before your data was deleted, you can retrieve lost files from a backup file. See how you can do this in the tutorial below.

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Your iPhone data will remain protected throughout recovery with Enigma Recovery. The desktop software allows you to transfer iPhone data to your computer, but also recovers deleted iOS data straight from your device.

If your phone ever goes missing or is stolen or badly damaged, the software can also extract your iPhone backup file, issuing you with all your lost:
Contacts, Messages, WhatsApp Chat, Notes, Call History and Calendar Events.

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How to Recover Deleted & Existing Contacts From Your iPhone

Over the past 3-4 years our software has helped thousands upon thousands of customers recover deleted iPhone contacts, text messages, notes and more from their devices and backup files with triumphant relief! There are four common causes for lost and deleted iPhone contacts:

  1. A software update has deleted contacts and other iOS data from your iPhone
  2. An iTunes sync has wiped all contacts from your device
  3. An ordinary iTunes/iCloud restore has erased contacts and other data from the phone
  4. You or someone else has accidentally deleted contacts from your phone.

When these instances occur, most people are unaware their deleted data can actually be recovered. So spread the word, iPhone data recovery is possible!

You Will Need:

  1. Your iPhone
  2. Your iPhone USB lead cable
  3. Your laptop or PC
  4. The free/full version of Enigma Recovery (click the download button above according to your specific operating system)

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 iPhone

Connect your iPhone

Now connect your iPhone 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 – View your deleted contacts

Step 6 – View your deleted contacts

The ‘contacts’ tab will display all the existing and deleted contacts found on your device.

Step 7 – Export Contacts

Step 7 (Optional) - Export data

To export: Simply click ‘Export’ > ‘Export current tab’ > ‘Export’.

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!

How to Restore Contacts Back to Your iPhone

Accidentally erasing the contacts from your iPhone can be a highly inconvenient, albeit frightening experience! Doubly frustrating if your data loss is the result of a failed software update or a dodgy backup! The good news is that there is a safe way to recover and restore deleted contact information straight back to your iPhone.

This tutorial outlines the second part of the recovery and restore process: How to restore deleted contacts on iPhone. If you have not completed part one check out the tutorial about recovering iPhone contacts.

Enigma Recovery helps masses of customers every day to recover deleted iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch data, the safe way! Our Restore app was the first app in the world to restore deleted iPhone contacts back to the device. It works with the desktop software Enigma Recovery to offer you complete recovery and restoration of your most important iOS data. We can 100% guarantee no damage to your device or your data!

To save you manually entering deleted contacts back into your handset, follow the steps below to restore iPhone contacts that have accidentally been deleted.

You Will Need:

  1. To have completed part one of the recovery/restore process
  2. Your iPhone
  3. A WiFi/3G/4G connection

Follow these steps

Step 1 – Select contacts

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In the Enigma Recovery window, use the checkboxes on the left to select contacts you wish to restore to your device.

Step 2 – Download the Restore app

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Now connect your phone to the computer and download the Restore app. It is available free on App Store.

Step 3 – Restore data

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Click ‘Restore’ and select the restore option you would like. Then click Restore once more.

Step 4 – Sending data…

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The software will now send your messages directly to the Restore app.

Step 5 – View your restored contacts

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Once the software has finished transferring your data, open the Restore app and tap the ‘Contacts’ tab. From the Contacts tab, tap ‘Edit’ and press ‘Save All Contacts’.

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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