"How awful! Yesterday, I just deleted my vital contacts on iPhone mistakenly. I thought it's still possible to recover my contacts from iPhone backup as I had synced my iPhone before, however, the worst news is that my iTunes has been updated automatically after the contacts being deleted. That's to say, there is no chance for iTunes to help me recover my lost iPhone contacts. Does anyone know how to recover iPhone contacts without backup? "
In spite of diverse and excellent features on iPhone, contact has always been playing an essential part in our daily life. People rely on contacts to call, text, email our relatives, friends, clients, colleagues...to keep in contact with them. However, it's quite common and inevitable that sometimes iPhone users encounter annoying issues of losing their iPhone contacts due to wrong operations, factory reset, iOS update, etc, all of which have fully proved a fact that it's of great importance to backup our iPhone files in advance! On the other hand, there is still someone like the above person who just forget to backup their iPhone contacts into iCloud or fail to sync with iTunes. Then you may can't help asking there is any available method to recover iPhone contacts without backup?
Searching in Google and wandering in forums, you may find a saying that there is no way to recover deleted contacts on an iPhone without backup. But here I need to point out it's a complete lie! Due to the special technology of iOS devices, it's very hard to recover data directly from the iPhone itself, but it's not impossible. With the help of the professional yet reliable iOS data recovery - iRefone, you can do something you can't do or imagine ever before.
With it, you can easily recover iPhone(6S/6/6 Plus/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS) data including Contacts as well as Messages, Call History, Notes, Calendar, Reminders, WhatsApp and Safari Bookmarks from iPhone directly without backup in just a few minutes. What's more, during recovery, you're allowed to review and recover the required data selectively from iPhone or iTunes/iCloud backup rather than a whole recovery. This amazing gadget also features the equivalent Mac version to help those who want to recover iPhone data(like contacts) on Mac OS X(El Capitan Included). Now don't hesitate to download the right program and check the steps to recover iPhone contacts without backup.
Tip: Before recovering deleted iPhone contacts, you need to know that you shouldn't use your iPhone for anything after you lost your contacts, because any operation on your iPhone may overwrite the lost data. The best way is to power off your iPhone until you've recovered the lost iPhone contacts.
Now follow the next steps to recover deleted iPhone contacts without any backup files. The tutorial below is about the Windows version of iRefone.
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer
Download and install the best iPhone data recovery tool on your computer, connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable. When your device has been recognized by the program, you'll see a "Start" interface, just click the "Start" button to start to scan your iPhone automatically.
Tip: If you use an iPhone 4/3GS, iPad 1 or iPod Touch 4, you can also start the scanning of your device by clicking on the "Advanced Mode" button.
Step 2: Scan deleted contacts on your iPhone
This iPhone data recovery software will scan your iPhone automatically ,after scanning finished, all the files include contacts, messages, call history, calendar , notes, Safari Bookmark stored on you iPhone will displayed in the windows. Just click on the "Contacts" icon, and the software will automatically start to analyze and scan it.
Step 3. Preview the contacts and selectively to recover
After automatic scanning, you have the chance to select those deleted contacts and then, click "Recover to Device" button to retrieve all lost contacts back to your iPhone. The data found here includes those contacts you have on your iPhone now. If you only want to retrieve deleted contacts from your iPhone, turn the button on the top on: Only display the deleted. Then mark and recover them.