How to Recover Lost iPhone Contacts After iOS 11 Update

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iOS 11 is officially released on September 19, bringing a bunch of new features that make your iPhone and iPad more capable than ever before. For example, you you can easily record your iOS screen without third-party apps, manage different cloud storage services within Files app, or turn on Do Not Disturb mode while driving. While iOS 11 is worth installing, on the other hand, it is also buggy and lack of optimizations at the present stage. For instance, some people lost contacts after iOS 11 update.

“Does anybody get iOS 11 contacts missing problem? I just updated to iOS 11 and noticed that some iPhone contacts disappeared. It’s really annoying and any idea to get them back?”

iPhone contacts are important in our daily life and how to recover lost contacts after iOS 11 update? Now, follow this post to get three simple ways to make it.

3 Methods to Recover Lost Contacts After iOS 11 Update

Method 1: Restore your iPhone from an iTunes/iCloud backup

If you have backed up your iPhone before, you can easily recover lost contacts after iOS 11 by restoring your device.

Restore iPhone from iTunes backup:

  1. Launch iTunes and plug in your iPhone.
  2. Select your iPhone when it appears in iTunes.
  3. Choose Summary and click Restore iPhone.
  4. Select the backup and click Restore.

Restore iPhone from iCloud backup:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Setting.
  2. Follow the onscreen steps until you see the Apps & Data screen and then tap Restore from iCloud backup.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID and choose a backup to restore.

Method 2: Check iCloud Contacts

If you have enabled iCloud Contacts, visit from computer to see if you can find your missing iOS 11 contacts.

  1. Visit iCloud website from your computer and sign in with your Apple ID.
  2. Click Contacts and heck your iCloud Contacts list.
  3. If you can find your missing iPhone contacts here, go to settings > [your name] > iCloud. Turn off Contacts option if it is on, and choose Keep on My iPhone. Wait for a few seconds and turn it back on. Choose Merge when asked about what would you like to do with local iPhone contacts.

Method 3: Recover lost contacts from your device directly

If you have neither made backup for your iPhone nor turned on iCloud Contacts, you can still recover your disappeared iPhone contacts in iOS 11 with the help of iOS Data Recovery software. This professional iPhone data recovery tool supports securely scanning your iPhone and recovering deleted or lost contacts from your device directly. Here are instructions to recover lost contacts on iPhone via iOS Data Recovery:

Step 1. Download and install iOS Data Recovery on your computer.

Step 2. Launch the program and plug in your iPhone.

Step 3. Choose Recover from iOS Device and click Next.

How to Recover Lost Contacts After Updating to iOS 11

How to Recover Lost Contacts After iOS 11 Update

Step 4. Select Contacts and preview you contacts list on iPhone. Choose the items you want to retrieve and click Recover to iPhone.

How to Recover Missing Contacts After Updating to iOS 11

How to Recover Missing Contacts After Updating to iOS 11

In addition to recovering iPhone, iOS Data Recovery also supports retrieving disappeared iPhone contacts from iTunes and iCloud backup. Compared with the traditional way that requires your to restore your entire device, iOS Data recovery allows you to simple extract contacts from backup files without resetting.

With iOS Data Recovery, you can quickly recover missing contacts and other 20+ types of data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch no matter you have backup or not. Download a free trial version of iOS Data Recovery now >

This entry was posted in on Nov 30, 2017 by Judy.

4 responses to “How to Recover Lost iPhone Contacts After iOS 11 Update”

  1. Donald Joseph says:


    I have purchased your software two days ago to retrieve the deleted contacts\messages from my iPhone 5S, after the upgrade to iOS 11.0.1. I was very excited when i downloaded the trial version, it showed all the contacts (greyed out) so i went ahead and purchased the software. When i tried to restore the deleted contacts\messages and tried the option to “Recover to iPhone” it did not do anything.

    Can you please let me know why this did not work. I am a bit disappointed after purchasing the software and it did not do what i have initially thought it will be successful.

    Plase help.


    My Order ID: 3EZUGYQ-A4D24A

  2. Martin says:

    I experienced the same issues: after iOS 11 update my Mercedes C200 Comand system did not sync the (phone)contacts with my iPhone anymore. After trying all potential solutions I could find on the web, I finally did a complete reset of the Comand system itself… it worked ! It works as before.. all my iPhone contacts are available again for the Comand system. So do not try to solve this on your iPhone, but do a reset of your MB Comand system.

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