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.

proven ways to recover contacts on iPhone

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.
    recover contacts from iphone
  • Step 4: When turning off the Contacts, a prompt with two options will appear. Then you should select “Keep on My iPhone.”
    recover contacts from iphone
  • 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.
    merge the contacts


 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.

connect iphone to computer

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.

select contact to recover from iphone

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.

recover contacts from iphone directly by PanFone


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.

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