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How to Restore Contacts on iPhone

Did you ever delete a contact without giving it a second thought, then realized you have just lost an important phone number or email address? Don’t worry, try our tutorial on how to restore contacts on iPhone. Apple introduced a couple of awesome new features to the website, including a way to restore your deleted contacts, calendars and iCloud Drive files. If you are not using the iCloud services (which we don’t suggest) but are stuck in the above situation, we have another solution for you.

Restoring deleted contacts is possible in most cases, although we can’t guarantee your success, of course. It all depends on a number of factors which may vary in your case.

Restoring deleted contacts via iCloud

The easiest and quickest method of getting back to your original state with regards to contacts on your iPhone is go to through the iCloud restore process. You can individually target files, calendars and contacts as groups of data to be restored. This makes the feature extremely versatile and the best current choice.

Go to > Settings > Advanced > Restore Contacts

Open up a browser on your PC or Mac and log into the website using your Apple ID login data. Click “Settings” and scroll down all the way. At the very bottom of the page, you should see an “Advanced” section including the option to restore your contacts.

Click “Restore Contacts” and pick one of the recent backups from the list, whichever is applicable to your specific situation. Don’t worry, you can restore several backups in sequence, due to the design of Apple’s restore feature. It will always create a backup before restoring, thus you never lose any data. After a couple of minutes, your contacts will be back.

Method two (in case iCloud backups were disabled)

“Messages” app > New Message > (enter name) > (i) > Create new Contact

There is a trick that you might be able to pull off using the “Messages” app, in case you disabled iCloud and subsequently lack access to any online backups of your contacts. This only works if you and the contact have a message history.

Try writing a new message to your deleted contact. By typing in the name of the deleted contact in the addressee field, we run a chance of retrieving some of the info. If it pops up as a suggestion in the list of conversations, you can tap the blue “i” button next to it, in order to gain access to a contact data sheet. Tap “Create new Contact” to save the information that was just retrieved in your “Contacts” app. Good luck!