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How to Recover Contacts on Your iPhone

Nancy Patterson - May 16, 2019

Recover Contacts

Losing your phone can be especially devastating today if you don’t make a habit of backing your phone up frequently. Our phones contain app information, photos, notes, essential voicemails, and so much more. However, one of the most vital things for you to lose is your contact information.

Some people have hundreds of contacts stored in their phones for business, and losing them can be quite upsetting. You may be able to remember a portion of the communications you lost, making it especially challenging to rebuild your contact list. Many people find themselves in this situation, but don’t worry. Try these tricks to restore your contacts list.

Check for an Automatic Backup

You may not intentionally back up your phone very frequently. However, there’s a chance your provider automatically does backups. Most providers keep your contact list on that backup copy. A backup not only restores deleted contacts, but it can restore your apps and preferences as well as other accidentally deleted text messages or other data loss.

Most phones have backup options that will automatically sync your contacts. An example is Android phones or with IOS devices if you connect your iPhone to an iCloud account. Android can sync contacts to by linking to your Google account. When you join a new phone to the same Google account, you’ll also gain access to your backed up contacts and can retrieve deleted data. Whereas recovering deleted contacts on iPhone could be as simple as going into your iCloud settings and clicking restore, or look up how to recover contacts for iPhone. You may even have an iCloud contacts app. One way to determine whether your phone was backed up is to do an online search for your specific type of phone. You may even find a way to restore settings if you have previously connected your phone to your PC or Mac.

Reach Out Through Social Media

You’ve probably seen these posts all over your social media profile people announcing they’ve lost their phone, and are trying to retrieve deleted contacts, calendars. Your social media account may also be useful in rebuilding your contact list. Creating a post, or it going through the profiles on you’re friends list are another way to restore your contact list. There is a surprising amount of people who have their contact information listed on their social media page.

The power of networking can help you retrieve information if you don’t have all your contacts on social media. Messaging friends or family directly to ask for phone numbers can be useful. Posting in group posts that you’re part of, or even message people directly that don’t have their contact information listed. Don’t worry about having an awkward conversation. Your friends will be glad that you care enough to reach out for their contact information.

Using a Public Search Engine

If you feel too awkward to ask directly, or you don’t have enough of a reach for the answers you’re looking for, a public search engine may be the answer for you. It can be a middle ground between asking them straightforwardly or asking around, not to mention it’s a more thorough approach. With PeopleFinders, you can search through billions of public records in the United States, and some of which may contain the contact information you’re looking for.

There are several ways to rebuild your contact list with PeopleFinders. You can perform a general public record search and try to find your friends using their first name, last name, city, and state. The result might also include relevant contact information you’ve been searching for, such as phone numbers or e-mail addresses. Sometimes you can even find a physical address.

Reach out in as many ways as you can for the best results when rebuilding your contact list. Don’t forget to search for a backup of your phone information before you go through such extensive lengths like social media. If nothing exists social media sites are your best bet for optimal assistance in restoring your contact list. If you still can’t find contacts through social media, try looking through the results you see using PeopleFinders. It may even help you rekindle, and reconnect some relationships with old friends!

PeopleFinders is an excellent source for rebuilding your contact information. But that doesn’t mean that’s the only thing that makes it useful. Check the PeopleFinders blog if you need more ideas for reconnecting. You may be surprised at all the uses for this powerful tool.


Browse the CheckPeople blog for more ideas about how to use people search engines more effectively in your long-last family investigations, as well as other searches.

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