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3 Tips | How to Recover Contacts after Factory Reset iPhone

Roxanne updated on Apr 29, 2021 to iPhone Data Recovery |How-to Articles


Undoubtedly, you will lose all your iPhone content after a factory reset, including contacts. But luckily, you still have the chance to recover your iPhone contacts after the factory reset in three ways, either from iCloud.com, iCloud Backup or iTunes backup.

"I Lost All My Contacts After Factory Reset iPhone"
Can You Recover iPhone Contacts After Factory
How to Restore Contacts After Factory Reset iPhone in 3 Ways

I Lost All the Contacts After Factory Reset iPhone

"About two hours ago, my iPhone got into Recovery Mode when I attempted to upgrade the phone to iOS 13. So I asked for help on the internet and one of the users told me to restore my iPhone to factory reset. It has truly helped me get the iPhone out of Recovery Mode, but at the same times made me lost all the data including my contacts information on the device. This was truly a nightmare! I don't know performing a factory reset will erase the data on the iPhone. But now it is too late to say that. I just want to know whether I can recover contacts after factory reset the iPhone and if I can, how to do it?"

If you have factory reset your iPhone, it means that you have gone to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" and chosen "Erase All Content and Settings". By doing so, you can fix some iPhone issues like "can't download App in iOS 13/12" or "iPhone touch screen not working". This behavior, however, will erase everything on your iPhone, including all your contacts, photos, music, videos, emails, and your apps. In a word, it will bring your iPhone back to its factory state.

Can You Restore Contacts After Factory Reset iPhone

If you have backed up your iPhone in advance, whether via iCloud or iTunes, congratulations, you can recover your contacts after a factory reset easily in three ways. However, if you don't have a backup, honestly speaking, there is hardly any hope to restore your iPhone contacts. All you can do is to try to recover iPhone data without a backup.

Follow to see how to recover your iPhone contacts after a factory reset in three ways.

How to Recover Contacts After Factory Reset iPhone in 3 Ways

Depending on how you back up your iPhone, there are different ways to recover your contacts after factory reset iPhone.

Method 1. Restore Contacts from iCloud.com

If you have enabled Contacts under iCloud, you can restore contacts after factory reset your iPhone from iCloud.com.

Step 1. Go to "iCloud.com" from a computer and log in with your Apple ID and password.

Step 2. Choose "Settings" and move to the "Advanced" section.

Step 3. Click "Restore Contacts" and then you can see the list of backups of your iPhone contacts.

Step 4. Choose an archive of contacts to recover and click "Restore" next to it.

Step 5. In the new prompt, choose "Restore" to confirm. Wait until iCloud finishes recovering your iPhone contacts. When it has done, you can check the restored items on your iPhone.

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Method 2. Recover Contacts After Factory Reset iPhone via iCloud Backup

If you have turned on the iCloud Backup option, you can recover your iPhone contacts via the iCloud backup. Nevertheless, if you restore iPhone from iCloud via Settings, you can't solely recover contacts, all the content in the backup will be restored. Thus, how to selectively get back contacts after factory reset iPhone via iCloud backup? All you need is the powerful iPhone data recovery software - EaseUS MobiSaver, which will help you retrieve your contacts and other files like photos, videos, messages, call history, notes, WhatsApp conversations, voice memos and more. It’s completely compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.

Here is how to get contacts back after factory reset iPhone with EaseUS MobiSaver. (EaseUS takes your privacy seriously. We will never keep a record of your Apple account info or content during the recovery process.)

Step 1. Sign in Your iCloud.

Launch EaseUS MobiSaver and choose "Recover from iCloud Backup", then you'll see the window below. Enter your iCloud account and password to log in.

Run EaseUS MobiSaver to recover iPhone contacts after factory reset

Step 2. Download and Scan iCloud to Find Lost Contacts.

After the login, you will see all the iCloud backups in your account. Choose the one you want to extract, then click the "Scan" button. The program will automatically download the backup and extract it to find lost data.

Scan iCloud to retrieve iPhone 5s pictures after factory reset

Step 3. Preview and Recover Lost Files.

It will take some time to finish the scan. After the scan, preview the messages, contacts, photos, etc. Select the files you want to recover, then click the "Recover" button to save them on your computer.

Preview and retrieve iPhone 5s pictures after factory reset

Method 3. Recover iPhone Contacts After Factory Reset via iTunes Backup

If you used iTunes to back up your iPhone, you can also get back your contacts from the backup. Similar to iCloud backup, if you restore iPhone from iTunes backup via iTunes, you can only choose to recover all the content in the backup. Thus, to solely recover contacts from iTunes backup, you still need the professional iOS data recovery software - EaseUS MobiSaver.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch EaseUS MobiSaver. Then select the "Recover from iTunes" > "Scan".


Step 2. MobiSaver will automatically scan your backup file to find the lost data. All the files that have been found by MobiSaver are displayed on the left side in well-organized categories.


Step 3. You can preview the detailed contents of your contacts and then choose the contacts you want to recover and click "Recover" button to save them on your computer.


It's very important to back up the data regularly to avoid complete data loss. The best choice to back up your iPhone is to use a free iTunes alternative – EaseUS MobiMover. With this free iPhone data transfer software, you can safely and quickly make a copy of your iPhone content elsewhere and recover them to your iOS device whenever you want.

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