How to Recover Deleted Call History on iPhone

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Main methods to recover deleted call history

Your iPhone call history is probably an underappreciated source of information for you. It’s where our phone keeps a record of calls made, received and missed, as well as call times and durations. If you think about it, your iPhone call history contains an awful lot of valuable information that could prove very distressing to delete by accident.

Quick and easy recovery of iPhone call history is possible

Luckily, you should be able to recover your iPhone call history whether or not you have a iCloud or iTunes backup. With the help of Enigma Recovery’s data recovery software, you can recover lost call history directly from your iPhone. You can also scan your iTunes backup to help you locate and recover specific call history that you’ve deleted, avoiding the need to perform an entire iPhone data overwrite.

Lastly, you may also be able to recover your lost iPhone call history using your iCloud backup even without the use of third party data recovery software. However, this approach does involve replacing your entire iPhone data file with your latest backup file, which may include call history information made in the days or weeks since your last backup.

What devices is Enigma Recovery compatible with?

How to recover deleted iPhone call history without a backup

When Call History is deleted from your iPhone, the items remain in the iPhone’s internal database and is eventually overwritten as the iPhone needs space for new data storage. Enigma Recovery data recovery software has been designed to recover accidentally lost or deleted Call History directly from the internal database of iOS devices, including iPhones

To recover your lost iPhone call history, follow these simple steps:

  1. Download and install Enigma Recovery

    Download Enigma Recovery data recovery software from this website to your Windows or Mac computer and follow the onscreen installation instructions.

    Download and open enigma recovery to start recovering call history on your iphone
  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer or laptop

    Using your iPhone’s USB cable, connect it to your computer. If this is the first time you are connecting your device, you may need to ‘Trust’ your device on the computer and your iPhone.

    Connect your iphone to a computer or tablet to start recovering call history on your iphone
  3. Select to scan ‘Calls’ and ‘Start scan’

    Launch the Enigma Recovery data recovery software and wait whilst the software registers your device. Once this is complete, you will see a list of recoverable items. Since we are trying to retrieve lost iPhone call history, you can just select ‘Calls’ and then click ‘Start scan’.

    Select the scan calls datatype to find call history
  4. View deleted call history

    When the software has finished scanning the device, you will be able to view a limited number of items from your deleted iPhone call history with the free trial. You can unlock the full version of the software to view all your iPhone data.

    View deleted call history
  5. Save call history

    To save your data you will need to upgrade to the full version of Enigma Recovery data recovery software. Click ‘Export & Restore’ and then ‘Export to Desktop’. You can choose the location on your computer to save your data, and then click ‘Export’.

    Save and export call history
  6. Recover call history

    The best way to view your recovered call history data on your iPhone is via our Restore app, which is available to download for free from the iTunes App Store. To transfer the data back to your iPhone, connect it to your computer, click ‘Export & Restore’ > ‘Restore to Device’ in Enigma Recovery. Keep your iPhone connected while the software is restoring your call history. Once restored, you can add the contact information from a call back to your iPhone, by saving the data from within the Restore app.

    Restore call history with our ios app

How to recover deleted call history from an iTunes backup

If you have manually created a copy of your device using iTunes or Finder, you can recover your iPhone call history by erasing your device first and then restoring the iPhone backup file. However, if you do not want to restore all the data on your device, you can instead use Enigma Recovery to act as an iPhone backup extractor to find your deleted calls in an iTunes or Finder file. The software will act as an extractor, retrieving your call history data from the backup file stored on iTunes. This means you will be able to find specific lost call logs, without the worry of any further lost data.

Please note: If your iPhone or other iOS device is running on iOS 13 or higher, you will need to make sure that your iTunes settings are set to encrypt backups before you scan your device for deleted calls (if you are using macOS Catalina 10.15, you will need to set Finder to encrypt backups). If you are not sure how to do this, keep reading and we will guide you through the process.

  1. Install Enigma Recovery

    Download and install Enigma Recovery data recovery software on your Windows or Mac computer to help you successfully extract data from your backup files.

    Connect your device and recover call history
  2. Select ‘Recover from my iTunes’

    Launch the software, and then from the side menu, select ‘Recover from my iTunes’. The software will show all the available iTunes or Finder backup files to download on your computer.

    Select recover from itunes to start the process of recovering call history on iphone
  3. Choose Backup File

    The next step is to select a backup file and click ‘Continue’. Make sure that you select a backup file that contains the deleted iPhone call history that you need to recover. You can use the date column to help you find the correct file.

    Choose itunes backup to recover call history
  4. Select calls and ‘Start Scan’

    Choose the data types that you need to extract and click ‘Start scan’. To find lost call history alone, you can select ‘Calls’ – this will reduce the time of the scan.

    Select call history and start scan to recover call history
  5. View extracted call history

    Once the software has finished extracting files from your iTunes backup, you will be able to view the data by clicking on the ‘Calls’ tab.

    View recovered call history from itunes backup
  6. Save call logs

    To save your iPhone call history to your computer in a readable format, unlock the full version of Enigma Recovery. Select ‘Export & Restore’ and ‘Export to Desktop’. You can change the location of where you would like to save data by clicking ‘Browse’. Once you have done this, click ‘Export’ once more to save.

    Save recovered call history and export and restore

How to recover deleted call history from an iCloud backup

It is also possible to carry out iPhone call history recovery from iCloud. If you have created an iPhone backup using iCloud, then your call history should be included in the backup file, provided it was created before the data you need to recover was lost or deleted. If you’re taking the approach to recovering your deleted call history on iPhone using an iCloud backup, you can only do so by restoring a full iCloud backup to your device – this process will overwrite all the existing data on your device and replace it with the data in your backup.

This will mean that you will lose any iPhone data that you have added to your device since your last sync with iCloud so think carefully before taking this option. If you have doubts, try one of the above options using Enigma Recovery. If you’re OK with the added risk, follow the steps below:

  1. Check your Wi-Fi connection

    Then erase the content of your iPhone by selecting ‘Settings’ > ‘General’ > ‘Reset’ and ‘Erase all content and settings’.

  2. Select option to set iPhone up as if it is a new device

    Follow the on-screen instructions to the ‘Apps & Data’ screen

  3. Select ‘Restore from iCloud Backup’

    At this point you’ll need to sign into your iCloud account through your iPhone with your Apple ID

  4. Select the backup you want to restore from

    Wait while the iPhone is overwritten with the latest backup file on your iCloud account


Can I recover deleted call history on iPhone without an iPhone backup?

Yes you can, with the use of a third party data recovery tool like Enigma Recovery software. Our program can help you to recover deleted call history from your iPhone’s back-end, where deleted data is stored for a period until the space is needed for fresh data. Therefore, providing you act quickly after you’ve deleted your call history, our software can help you recover your call logs on iPhone.

What other iPhone data is recoverable directly from an iPhone using Enigma Recovery?

Our software allows iPhone users to retrieve a range of deleted or lost data from their iOS devices, including iMessages, text messages, photos, videos, WhatsApp messages, notes, contacts and calendar data.

Can I transfer existing call history data files to my computer?

With Enigma Recovery data recovery software, you can view existing/non-deleted call logs on iPhone, and then export them to your Windows or Mac computer, if you meet our compatibility requirements.

Can I recover specific deleted call log information from my iPhone?

Yes, providing you use a data recovery tool like Enigma Recovery software, which will scan your iPhone or your iTunes backup file for specific call history. This means you can locate and recover the calls you have deleted without having to perform an entire iPhone restore and overwrite, which can lead to further data loss issues.


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