iOS 7 Lost Contacts: Tell You How to Recover iPhone Lost Contacts after iOS 7 Update

Frankly speaking, in my opinion, the iOS 7 released few days ago still not satisfactory. I joined a hot topic which discuss the bugs of iOS 7 and found lots of imperfections such as apps crash quite often, usability has decreased, have problems when syncing etc. According to statistics, the most annoying thing is the contacts lost after iOS 7 update for no reason.

When I update my iPhone 5 to IOS 7 all my contacts are deleted. I have never sync my iPhone to the iTunes before. All of the contacts were on my phone only. Is there any way that I can get my contacts and photos back given that I never backed up?

And I also read question as “Will I lose all my contacts if I update to iOS 7?” The most important thing is, I am one of the people who lost contacts after iOS 7 update. For these reasons, I decide to write down how I can recover lost contacts after iOS7 update, hoping to help more people.

lost contacts iOS 7


Guide 1: How to restore contacts on iOS 7 without Backup

Contacts gone after iOS 7 update and haven’t sync iPhone with iTunes before? Although the contacts was deleted or lost, it still reserved in the iPhone memory. That’s mean you can restore lost contacts from iPhone unless the lost contacts are overwritten by the new data. Several ways to recover contacts from backup yet only one way to recover iPhone contacts no backup, that’s use iOS 7 Data Recovery software. 

Tenorshare iPhone Data Recovery program is professional software for iPhone 5S/5C and iPhone 5/4S/4, also work for iPad. Not only can you retrieve lost contacts after iOS 7 upgrade, but the lost photos, text messages, notes, videos, call history, bookmarks and more files on iOS 7. Free download iPhone Data Recovery software from http://www.any-data-recovery.com/product/iphone-data-recovery.html and recover iPhone contacts without backup by following the 3 simple steps below:

Step one: Download program and install it on your computer. Then connect your iPhone with computer. After you launch this program, you can get the interface below:

iOS 7 data recovery software

Step two: Choose “Recover Data from iOS Device” as recovery mode and click “Start Scan” to scan for the contacts disappear iOS 7.
Note: iPhone 4 and iPad users need to enter DFU mode for scanning.
See the details:
1. Click "Start" and then press "Home" and "Power" button at the same time.
2. Hold them for about 10 seconds (the program will count it for you).
3. After 10 seconds passed, release "Power" and keep pressing "Home" for another 10 seconds.

Step three: You can preview all found data in categories after scanning completed. To preview contacts, you can choose “Contacts” in the left corner. Mark the lost contacts when updated to iOS 7 and click “Recover”.

Guide 2: How to recover lost contacts after iOS7 update from Backup

You can find the information on the internet as things need to do before update to iOS 7, one of the tips is telling the importance of data backup. I think the man who write such tip must have experienced lost data when update to iOS 5/iOS 6. No exact explanations for the data loss on iOS upgrade or downgrade by far, the best way to prevent data loss is to backup your iPhone data. The backup file guarantee you get lost contacts back 100%.

If you are lucky to sync your iPhone with iTunes before update to iOS 7, then the second recovery mode “Recover Data from iTunes Backup file” is the quick and easy way for you to restore iPhone contacts from iTunes. You can click “How to Restore iPhone Contacts after iOS 7 Update” to view more the details.

It’s quite easy to restore lost contacts iOS 7 upgrade with iPhone Data Recovery software, right? Likewise, if you lost data when downgrade iOS 7 to iOS 6, you can recover lost contacts in the same way.


  1. Informative step-by-step instructions, although I never expected that there's a possibility of losing all contacts by upgrading to IOS 7. I didn't lose any data from my phone when I upgraded -- lucky me.

  2. Anonymous20/2/14 18:44

    I lost all my data when i upgraded to IOS 7 for my Iphone 5, it did a factory reset on my phone, and then I connected it to Itunes and synced it. Now I have no data, I've tried to restore data using the soft-wares avail online for recovery, but it recovers only the new contacts I've added the last 2 hours.
    All my photos and contacts I had on IOS 6 is gone....
    Someone help me please....!!

    1. May I know which online software did you use? Thanks.