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How to Recover Deleted Contacts on an iPhone Without a Backup

By Novak Bozovic / February 12, 2021

For the most part, Apple has done a great job creating systems that let you recover lost data. Still, that doesn't apply to every individual iOS app. Unfortunately, one of those is the Contacts app, which seems to be somewhat left behind. So, the question is – how to recover deleted contacts on an iPhone without a backup? Well, let's answer that question. 

The truth is that you can’t recover lost contacts on your iPhone (using built-in tools), especially if you don’t have an iTunes or iCloud backup. However, all hope is not lost. That’s because you can count on third-party software capable of extracting and restoring lost data. 

7 Steps to Restore Lost or Deleted Contacts on Your iPhone – Without a Backup!

Know that your chances of recovering lost data (including your contacts) are very high – if you’ve deleted that data recently. Hopefully, that’s the case, so here’s our guide on how to restore lost contacts on your iPhone. 

Dr Fone by Wondershare Home Screen UI
Connecting iPhone to Computer via Dr Fone
Extracting Lost Contact Data from iPhone via Dr Fone by Wondershare
Dr Fone Checking for Lost Contacts Data on iPhone

Extra Tip – Here’s How to Check for Recoverable Contacts on iCloud.com

This guide is about recovering contacts on your iPhone - without a backup. However, there are many cases where iCloud automatically saves certain types of information, even without your knowledge. With that said, here’s how to use this cloud-based service to check for recoverable contacts. 

iCloud Web Version Home Screen
Restoring Contacts Archive from iCloud on the Web

This is where we end of guide on restoring lost contacts on an iPhone (without a backup). If you have any questions on your mind, make sure to post a comment below (be sure that we'll respond as soon as possible). And finally, thank you for reading!



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