“I know that iTunes stores a backup of your iPhone's contact numbers and whatnot. I can view my apps and music but I can't find my contact numbers. My iPhone was stolen, along with my SIM card and all my phone numbers... I really need to find a way to get those numbers back! Where are they?! AH!” from Metaltokingbabe
“I was instructed to restart my phone by my phone provider and when it turned it back on there was only ONE contact missing. I am not able to get this phone number off this person again and although I synced my iPhone this morning, it did not save it as a backup. WHAT CAN I DO TO GET IT BACK?” from Michelle Borg
Always, there are dozens of business or personal contacts in your iPhone. It is a good habit to backup your iPhone contacts with iTunes in case the contacts being deleted accidentally. But if the iPhone lost unfortunately, or you delete the contacts by mistake without backup, things become more complex. You need third party software to recover your lost contacts.
Situation 1: Want to recover contacts when lost the iPhone
In this situation, I hope that you have backed up your iPhone with iTunes! If you have not backed up your contacts and also don’t have iPhone in your hand, the contact may lose forever!
How to get back contacts with iTunes when iPhone lost?
Step 1, Download the iPhone Contacts Recovery and install it on your computer, and then start the program, go to “Recover from iTunes Backup File”, all of your iTunes backup files appeared, choose the correct on for your iPhone and “Start Scan”.
Step 2, preview the contacts list, and recover it!
Situation 2, mistakenly delete the iPhone contacts without backup
In this situation, you can recover the iPhone contacts directly from your iPhone. Just follow the steps as below.
Step 1, Connect iPhone (Now only support iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4) to your computer, start the iPhone Contact Recovery program.
Step2, Enter the DFU mode for your iPhone
Hold your iPhone and click "Start" button.
Press "Power" and "Home" buttons simultaneously for exactly 10 seconds.
After 10 seconds, release "Power" button, but keep holding "Home" for another 10 seconds.
The program will scan you iPhone after entering the DFU mode.
Step 3, Preview your iPhone contacts with the scanning result, and get back the contacts you deleted by mistake!
Note: If you deleted contacts accidentally, it is highly recommended to stop adding any new contacts to your iPhone in case the data overwritten! The data overwritten will decrease the recovery rate!