iOS Contacts Vanished after Upgrade – Recover Lost Contacts

Out of more than 200 million devices that have been upgraded to iOS 7, a fair number of them has experienced one problem or another. Like most new software releases, iOS 7 has had its fair share of problems – iMessage and FaceTime not Activating, Parallax making people quite literally, sick, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth not working, the list goes on.  One issue that some of you may have noticed is that, after upgrading, all of your contacts have suddenly disappeared.  There are a couple of ways you can fix this, fairly easily.

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  1. Open your Settings app
  2. Tap on iCloud 
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID
  4. Tap on Contacts to turn on iCloud Syncing. If it is already on, turn it off and then back on again. icloud contacts
  5. Your contacts should now reappear

It may be that iCloud was syncing your contacts without your knowledge and, by enabling it on your iOS device, your contacts will all be synced back onto your device.

Restore From Backup

If you have been syncing your iOS device with iTunes regularly you should be able to restore your contacts from one of your recent backups:

  1. Connect your device to your PC using the USB cable
  2. Open iTunes
  3. Tap on Device Summary – if you have more than one device, select the correct one
  4. Navigate to the Backup section
  5. Tap on Restore Backuprestore backup itunes ios 7 (2)
  6. Choose the relevant backup from the drop down menu and click on Restore
  7. Your Contacts should now be restored to your iOS device ios 7 contacts fix

Some people have found success by simply turning off their iOS device and then turning it back on again.  However, this wont work for everyone and, for those who have not got any backups at all, you may be faced with having to manually re-input all of your details again. To avoid this happening in the future, set iTunes so that your iOS device automatically backs up whenever you connect it.  Make sure you regularly back up your data, especially just before a big upgrade and, should the worst happen, your data will be safe.

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