Here is a possible fix if you can still see your contacts in your text message area.
1. Open up the Messages app and view a recent text message from someone you know is saved in your contacts.
2. Scroll up to the very top and you will Contact > at the top right.
3. When you click that you should see the info for that person. Add Something to the contact like a fake phone number. (You can delete this latter on.)
4. Press the back button and go back to the messages app and magically all you contacts will be restored.
If you can’t see your contacts in the messages app then you will need to restore from a backup in iTunes.
This worked for me. Thanks!!
Its because your contacts are syncing with iCloud. Go to iCloud settings and slide sync contacts to off. All of your contacts will reappear.
What if you have like 1500 contacts lol HELLLPP!
LEI Mobile says
did the trick not work for you?
I lost all my contacts except my work exchange ones. I went to icloud and turned the sync to off and nothing happened.. Help!
Thankyou very much worked perfectly
Al of my contacts came back shortly after the upgrade.
Thank you for this! I was afraid that my contacts were gone forever, but this worked perfectly.
This worked perfectly. Awesome!
ahhh thank you it worked!!!
is this work for Iphone 3s?
Worked a treat! thanks!
Thanks Motorola for keeping contacts on my old flip phone. I lost all when I did the iso5 update on my i phone. Tried every way I know how to restore them but no luck. I will be looking for a new phone next time.
Great. You are geniouse.
This really worked for me. I was getting concerned that I had lost all my contacts. Thanks so much. I ‘ll be curious to know the root cause to this issue.
Awesome! It worked for me too.
Thanks A TON!! It worked for me too. Magic????
Quick fix and Wonderful help
DOES NOT work for jail-breaked iOS 5.0.1 :-((((((
Worked perfectly for me! Jailbroken 5.0.1 iOS
Thanks so much you just save my life!!!
It worked! Thank you so much!!!
Carolyn Keightley says
Saviour. Thank you so much. I was about to commit ‘murder’!!
I don’t know how but this worked – a life saver – thanks so much. Does anyone know if this will happen everytime I sync with iCloud?
So relieved. Thanks!
OMG!! Thank you so much!!!!!!
HEELLPPP. I don’t see that contact menu at the right top as you mentioned… I lost everything both in iPhone and iCloud!!!!
I’m hopping this idea will work
it did not work for me. When I tap, it takes me to the 1st message and the options I have are ‘add contact.’ Once that is done, there is no back button to click on. Any other solution.
Thanks so much, it helped me restore all my contacts.
I did not have any text messages saved, this is what i did-
1. Opened up the message app
2. On the “To” I typed “a”, I see all contacts then selected one and added a fake number(later deleted)
3. Saved it, then after some time I saw all my contacts
selected one and added a fake number(later deleted).. HOW DID YU ADD FAKE NUMBER
LEI Mobile says
just create a new contact and add a random number.
You may take a look at this iPhone contact recovery video which helped me before
hope this helps.