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Proven Ways to Recover Lost/Deleted Contacts on iPhone 11

Have you lost your contacts by accident or deleted them mistakenly? Are you wondering how to recover them effectively and effortlessly? We believe you have heard of so many solutions and here we have listed the following proven ways to get your contacts back and compare doing these methods manually with doing them in a more effective way.

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The following are proven ways to recover the lost/deleted contacts on iPhone:


Method 1: Recover the contacts from iPhone directly

Part 1: Manually Recover Your Contacts by Changing the iPhone Settings.

Follow these detailed steps to have your contacts restored by changing the iPhone settings:

  • Step 1: Go to "Settings" on your iPhone and click on your name icon.
  • Step 2: From there, click on "iCloud."
  • Step 3: Go to "Contacts". It is turned on by default. Disable it by turning it off.
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  • Step 4: When turning off the Contacts, a prompt with two options will appear. Then you should select "Keep on My iPhone."
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  • Step 5: Next, make this option turn-on again.
  • Step 6: A prompt message will display. And there are another two options appearing. This time please select "Merge".
    You should be able to see the deleted contacts present on the phone after this process.
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Part 2: Recover the contacts from iPhone directly by using PanFone

Instead of doing the steps manually in part 1, in this part, we will do the recovering work through a 3rd-party tool, PanFone iOS Data Recovery. It is a professional data recovery tool to help iPhone users to find back the contacts from iPhone, iCloud and iTunes.

Steps to recover contacts from iPhone without backup

Step 1: Download and install the PanFone Data Recovery.
Click the following button to download and install the program on your computer.

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Step 2: Run the program and connect iPhone to the computer.
Connect your iPhone to the computer via the USB cable and keep your iPhone unlocked and click "Trust this computer" on the iPhone screen. Then when you launch the program, you will see 3 recovery modes: Recover from iOS Device, Recover from iTunes Backup File, Recover from iCloud Backup File. Simply select the "Recover from iOS Device" mode.

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Note: If your phone cannot be detected by the computer, please go to this tutorial to check the Apple Mobile Device USB Driver.

Step 3: Scan your iPhone.
Once your iPhone is connected successfully, click on the "Start" button to start analyzing your iPhone. Then choose files you would like to scan. Uncheck files you don't need. To save your time, you can just choose the "Contacts" option and click on the Next button to load data from the iPhone.

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Step 4: Preview and recover deleted contacts from your iPhone.
Yes, you can preview the contacts. After PanFone Data Recovery finished analyzing the iPhone, all found data would be listed on the left of the panel and you can preview all contacts in detail. You are also allowed to turn on "Only display the deleted items" to check the deleted contacts. Simply select contacts you need, then choose Recover to computer or Recover to iPhone directly.

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Just connect your phone to the computer; choose the "Recover from iOS Device" in PanFone Data Recovery and scan the phone; last, preview and select the contact to recover.

Method 2: Recover the contacts from iCloud backup

iCloud provides the service to enable you to recover contacts from iPhone backup file. (Surely you have had your iPhone backed up. I am sure.) This method is usually used to restore contacts in an iPhone without risk. We also have two parts: manually and by tool.

Part 1: Follow these steps to get back your contacts from iCloud manually.

  • Step 1: Go to the official website - iCloud.com
  • Step 2: Sign in to your iCloud account using the details that are required, such as the Apple ID and password.
  • Step 3: Go to the "Settings" from the provided options.
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  • Step 4: Scroll down to the "Advanced Settings" option and there are options of data to be restored. Click on the "Restore Contacts" or "Restore Contacts and Reminders".
  • Step 5: You will then be provided with an interface containing files with your contacts in it after making your selection.
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  • Step 6: Select on the files you want restored, and then click on "Restore".

The above are steps of restoring contacts from iCloud manually.


Part 2: Recover Contacts from iCloud backup with PanFone Data Recovery

Step 1: Run PanFone Data Recovery and connect your iPhone to the computer.

Step 2: Select Recover from iCloud backup mode. Then enter your iCloud account to sign in.

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Step 3: Scan iCloud Backup File.
Similarly, if you have synced different iDevices with iCloud before, more than one backup file will show up after you sign in iCloud. Just choose the one for your iPhone and click the Next button. Then move further.

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Step 4: Extract the downloaded iCloud backup to access the content.
Now, a dialog will pop up, all the contents from the iCloud backup file including contacts, notes, calendar, camera roll will be displayed in detail. When the download is complete, click on the Next button to extract files.

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Step 5: Preview to ensure what you want to recover.
During the process, you can preview certain files. All data found in the iCloud backup can be restored. Select "Contacts" to recover and then press the Recover button. Last, choose to Recover to Computer or Recover to Device and you can easily save all of them to your computer or directory put the contacts back to the device.


Run the program, connect iPhone to computer, choose "Recover from iCloud", choose one iCloud backup file and PanFone downloads the file and recovers contacts to your iPhone or computer.

Method 3: Recover the contacts from iTunes backup

This is the third proven way through which iPhone users can restore their lost contacts. Also using iTunes for recovery requires you have backed up your data on the platform.

Part 1: Manually recover contacts from iTunes.


  • Step 1: Connect the iPhone device to the PC that should be synced to using its original USB cable.
  • Step 2: When connected, the iPhone will henceforth launch automatically and an iPhone icon will come up on iTunes. Click on it to launch iTunes.
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  • Step 3: Under the device list, right-click on the iPhone. An option “Restore Backup” will appear on the window. Click on it.
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  • Step 4: Choose the latest backup entry.
    You’ll then be taken to files that can be restored to the phone. Choose the one with all the contacts you want to recover, then go ahead and recover them. Here choose "Restore".

Please note manually recovery does not offer choice with the kind of data to be recovered. So do not expect to selectively choose the data that you wish to restore. The backed up data is not stored in the cloud as it is the case with iCloud. The data here is present in the hard drive and can consume a lot of space.


Part 2: Retrieve contacts from iTunes by PanFone

Step 1: Suppose you have installed the PanFone Data Recovery and connect your iPhone to the computer successfully.

Step 2: Select Recover from iTunes Backup File and choose the one from list, and then start loading the backup file.

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Step 3: Recover contacts from iTunes backup file.
You can find all the found data are displayed in different types. Just choose the contacts you prefer to recover and then press the Recover button and you can recover them to your iPhone directly or to the computer.


Run the program, connect iPhone to computer, choose "Recover from iTunes", choose one backup file to scan and recover contacts from the backup.

Till now, you have got the 3 effective methods to recover the contacts on iPhone. And in each method, we have listed the manual operation steps and the detailed steps by using the recovery tool. If you are not clear, we can see this compare-chart.

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Losing contacts can be one of the worst things a person can encounter today. Things can get worse when you lose business contacts because you may end up losing valuable clients. The methods we’ve listed above are proven ways by so many people of restoring lost or deleted contacts. Absolutely and undoubtedly, using a tool will help us to save energy and more effective and keep the data safe. And PanFone enables you to find your lost or deleted contacts stress-free. Free download and try it now!

Key Features of PanFone Data Recovery

PanFone Data Recovery is one of the reliable and most trusted iOS data recovery tools that allows you to recover permanently deleted data from your iDevice, iTunes backup and iCloud backup and it provides 3 recovery modes to retrieve data:

  • Can restore videos, photos, contacts, music, call history, text messages, WhatsApp conversations, iPhoto, Instagram, etc. on your iOS Device.
  • 3 Recovery modes - Recover from iOS Device, iTunes Backup and iCloud Backup without overwriting.
  • A detailed preview before performing recovery.
  • You can choose to extract found data to the computer or put them back to the device.

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