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How to Fix iPhone Contacts Missing

How to Fix iPhone Contacts Missing

Did you update your iPhone and lost some of the contacts? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Find out how to fix iPhone contacts missing in this brand new post!

Many users recently reported that right after updating their iOS version, they experienced data lost most especially with contacts. Few or most or their contacts went missing and some reported that even if they had synced with iCloud, their contacts are still missing.

Checkout the different methods we have tried and tested as well as gathered on how to fix iPhone contacts missing issue. Read along to find out.

Get Back Missing Contacts without Backup

Admit it, we are too lazy sometimes to create backup with our devices. Good thing iCloud was invented but still we are receiving reports that there are more cases of data loss and without any backups. So what we did was to find the best third party recovery program that can resolve this type of problem.

In our search for the best recovery software, we found FoneDog Toolkit – iOS Data Recovery. This is so far the best if not the better program ever developed. It particularly specializes with iOS devices and backup options. FoneDog Toolkit – iOS Data Recovery has 3 recovery methods to choose from based on the issue every user is experiencing.

For now we will consider using FoneDog Toolkit – iOS Data Recovery for the contacts recovery without backup.

How to use FoneDog Toolkit – iOS Data Recovery?

Method 1: Recover lost iPhone contact fom iPhone directly.

1. Download and install the program FoneDog Toolkit – iOS Data Recovery

Connect iPhone/iOS device to the computer with a USB cable

Go to ‘Recover from iOS Device’ option on the left side menu

Let the program scan the entire iOS device

2. Selectively choose the desired contacts

Click on the Recover button to download the precious contacts back

FoneDog Toolkit – iOS Data Recovery has a powerful scan process wherein all the unreadable data are being recovered. You see, all the files that were removed from our devices are not yet permanently gone unless they are overwritten. They are only transferred to another folder inside the device and remain until another data of the same file replaces it.

The other remaining 2 methods of FoneDog Toolkit – iOS Data Recovery are to: “Recover from iTunes backup file and Recover from iCloud Backup file” These options let you recover contacts from the backup options selectively without the need to extract the entire backup.


Method 2: Recover deleted iPhone contacts from iTunes backup

1. Run the program FoneDog Toolkit – iOS Data Recovery

Choose the “Recover from iTunes backup file”

Select the desired iTunes backup automatically detected by the program and click the Scan button

2. Preview and restore the extracted backup contents

Selectively find your needed Contacts lists

Click the Recover button to save the contacts

Method 3: Recover lost contacts from iCloud backup

1. Open the program FoneDog Toolkit – iOS Data Recovery

Click on the last recovery option ‘Recover from iCloud backup’

Sign in with your iCloud account

2. Choose the most recent iCloud backup and click the Download button

Scan and extract the backup file

3. Preview extracted contents and selectively choose Contacts

Click the Recover button after choosing the Contacts needed


Find Missing Contacts after an Update with these Hacks

According to most Apple forums, during and after an update, some files, more commonly the contacts are missing. But they are not exactly gone but rather not showing or appearing. So they gave us tips on how to let the iPhone contacts missing show in these important hacks!

2.1 Toggle iCloud Contacts on and off

This hack has resolved most of the missing contact issues. All you ever need is to simply turn off the Contacts toggle bar from the iCloud and switch it back on right after a few seconds.

Go to Settings> Find Mail, Contacts, and Calendar> Tap iCloud> Toggle the Contacts bar on and off

2.2 Show Contacts

The next thing you can do is to change the view option of your contacts. Instead of “All iCloud” switch it to “All on my iPhone”. To do this, go to the Contacts app, find and click on the Groups on top of the contacts screen, Change the option to ‘All on My iPhone’.

Check if this option worked!

2.3 Reset Network Settings

Maybe the iPhone connection was left on the congested network traffic and it has not finally settled everything back on your device right after the update. So why not reset the network connection to change it back to normal?

Resetting network connection does not erase important stuff and files from the device. What you need to do is to go to Settings> tap General and tap Reset> Tap Reset Network Settings. If required, enter the pass code and confirm the reset.

Check if your contacts are back on your Contacts app.

2.4 Change the default account

Note: this option is not available for iOS 11 devices since the default account function has been disabled.

Go to Settings

Scroll and tap Mail, Contacts, and Calendars

Find the default accounts under Contacts

Choose iCloud instead of On my iPhone

Check to see if the contacts reappeared.

You have probably fixed the iPhone contacts missing issue with these hacks we have provided. The next time you do an update and this happens again, you now know what to do.


 Fixing iPhone contacts missing is so easy to perform when you are familiar with how the issue occurred. Don’t panic when you discover that your contacts suddenly disappeared on the device rather, collect the possible options you have and select the best method.

If you have made iTunes or iCloud backups previously then you can choose to restore from backup but this might not be a good idea since your other files might be replaced by the backup contents.

Today we discovered that the easiest method to do to fix iPhone contacts missing is to use FoneDog Toolkit – iOS Data Recovery. This software has a free download version for you to test and try! Make your choice now!

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