How to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone X/8/7/6/5/4

How to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone X/8/7/6/5/4

Although having a phone number is no longer the only form of contacting someone, numbers are still highly relevant. Popular apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp allow the addition of contacts through saved numbers, and for all those who still love a good phone call, your contacts will be very important indeed! Recovering deleted contacts can be done in many ways. However only one option will allow you to recover lost contacts straight from your iPhone device. Follow the steps below to retrieve deleted iPhone contacts:

  1. Launch Enigma Recovery
  2. Connect iPhone and ‘Trust’
  3. Scan iPhone for deleted contacts
  4. View deleted contacts
  5. Save contact info

(Full tutorial below)

Deleting iPhone Contacts

Accidentally deleting anything on an iPhone is easily done. So if you have accidentally deleted contacts, messages or even photos, do not be ashamed. It happens to the best of us. The good news however is that once you have pressed deleted, there are some actions you can take to find those deleted items again.

iPhone data recovery programs like Enigma Recovery are built for anyone to use to recover iPhone data. It successfully extracts and revives deleted items like text messages, contacts and notes from the database of your iPhone for the purpose of recovery.

Grab your laptop or computer!

One day we will get there, but today iPhone data recovery cannot be done without a computer or laptop to hand. Enigma Recovery is a desktop software that runs from your Mac or Windows device. Download the free trial today to see how it works.

Recover Deleted Contacts straight from iPhone

Step 1 – Launch Enigma Recovery

Download Enigma Recovery from this site and launch the software on your desktop computer or laptop.

Step 2 – Connect iPhone to software

Connect your iPhone to the software with a USB cable. An alert may popup on your iPhone during this process asking if you trust the computer with your device. Tap ‘Trust’ if you are happy to continue.

Step 3 – Scan iPhone for Contacts

You will now be able to select a data type to scan the device for. Select ‘Contacts’ and move forward with the scan. The length of the scan will depend upon how much data is on your device and how many data types you are scanning for.

Step 4 – View deleted contacts

You can view all the recovered contacts once the scan has finished. Click onto the ‘Contacts’ tab to view all recovered contacts. You will need the full, unlocked version of Enigma Recovery to view all recovered data.

Step 5 – Save contact info

You can save all data that has been recovered if you have the unlocked version of Enigma Recovery. To complete this task, use the Export & Restore option. ‘Export & Restore’ > ‘Export to desktop’ > Select location ‘Browse’ > ‘Export’.

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Restore Deleted Contacts through iCloud rewrite

To regain lost contacts by restoring in iCloud follow the steps below. This tutorial will rewrite old numbers in your Contacts app.

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Using your USB cable, connect the iPhone to your computer or laptop.

Step 2 – Visit contacts app

Click onto the Contacts app that appears to see whether the deleted contacts you are looking for can be found here. If they are here this means that the contacts that you have lost were backed up during your last iCloud backup, proceed with this tutorial if this is the case.

Step 3 – Open Settings and turn off Contacts

On your iPhone, go to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > Turn off Contacts > Keep on My iPhone

Step 4 – Turn on Contacts

Now turn on Contacts again and select the Merge option. The entire contacts list from iCloud will now overwrite your current iPhone contacts list. If you have created any contacts since your last iCloud backup, they will be overwritten so you will need to add these again.

Restore Deleted Contacts through iTunes backup

You can also restore deleted contacts to your iPhone by restoring an older iTunes backup. If you backed up your phone to iTunes before your contacts were deleted, they will still be available in this backup on your computer. This process however, will overwrite any new data that mad been made or received to your iPhone.

Step 1 – Open iTunes on your laptop or computer

Grab your laptop or computer and open iTunes on your desktop.

Step 2 – Connect iPhone to laptop or computer

Connect the iPhone to your Mac or PC using a USB cable. Now wait for iTunes to recognise your device.

Step 3 – Find ‘Restore backup’

Once iTunes has recognised your phone, find the ‘Restore Backup’ option. You will be able to see the date of your last backup under the ‘Latest Backup’ section. This process will restore your iPhone with all of the data from this backup. Any data made since your last backup will be overwritten.

Step 4 – Keep device connected

Make sure your device stays connected to the computer during the process. After the device restarts itself, it will re-sync with the computer. After this it is safe to disconnect.

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Sarah McGregor joined the Enigma Recovery Team in June 2014. As Digital and Content Marketing Executive she writes help blogs and ‘How to’ articles for the website. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys connecting with our customers through social media and email.