How to Retrieve Deleted Phone Numbers on iPhone

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

Have you ever accidentally deleted a phone number from your iPhone and desperately wanted to retrieve it? Don’t worry, there are a few methods you can try to recover those lost contacts. In this article, we will guide you through the process of retrieving deleted phone numbers on iPhone.

Method 1: Restore from iCloud Backup

If you regularly back up your iPhone using iCloud, there’s a good chance that your deleted phone numbers are still recoverable. Here’s how you can restore them:

  1. Step 1: Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
  2. Step 2: Tap on your name at the top of the screen to access your Apple ID settings.
  3. Step 3: Select “iCloud” and then “Manage Storage”.
  4. Step 4: Choose “Backups” and look for the most recent backup that contains the lost phone numbers.
  5. Step 5: Tap on the backup and select “Restore”.

This process will restore your entire device from the selected backup, including all deleted phone numbers. However, be aware that any data created after the backup was made will be lost.

Method 2: Use Third-Party Software

If you don’t have an iCloud backup or if the previous method didn’t work for you, there are third-party software options available that specialize in data recovery. One popular tool is Tenorshare UltData. Follow these steps to recover your deleted phone numbers using Tenorshare UltData:

  1. Step 1: Download and install Tenorshare UltData on your computer.
  2. Step 2: Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable.
  3. Step 3: Launch Tenorshare UltData and select “Recover from iOS Device”.
  4. Step 4: Choose the types of data you want to recover, such as “Contacts”.
  5. Step 5: Click on “Start Scan” and wait for the software to analyze your iPhone.
  6. Step 6: Once the scan is complete, preview the recovered phone numbers and select the ones you want to restore.
  7. Step 7: Click on “Recover” to save the selected phone numbers back to your iPhone.

Tenorshare UltData is a paid software, but it offers a free trial version that allows you to preview the recoverable data before making a purchase.

Method 3: Check Recently Deleted Contacts

If you accidentally deleted a phone number recently, there’s a chance it might still be in your “Recently Deleted” folder. Here’s how you can check:

  1. Step 1: Open the “Contacts” app on your iPhone.
  2. Step 2: Tap on the “Groups” option at the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Step 3:Select “All Contacts” to ensure you are viewing all contacts including deleted ones.
  4. Step 4:Tap on the “Recently Deleted” folder at the bottom of the list.
  5. Step 5:Search for the deleted phone number and tap on “Recover” to restore it.

If you don’t see the deleted phone number in the “Recently Deleted” folder, it means it has been permanently removed from your device and cannot be recovered using this method.


Losing important phone numbers can be a frustrating experience, but with these methods, you have a good chance of recovering them. Start by checking your iCloud backup, then consider using third-party software like Tenorshare UltData if necessary.

Finally, don’t forget to check your “Recently Deleted” folder before giving up hope. Hopefully, one of these methods will help you retrieve your deleted phone numbers on iPhone!

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