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How to Delete Contacts on iPhone without Restoring

Summary: When you delete a contact from your iPhone, it is just invisible and can be recovered. Don’t worry, this guide tells you how to permanently deleted contacts from your iPhone 7/6S/6S Plus/6/6 Plus/5S/5/4S/4.

Generally speaking, we think it is very rare that recover what one has previously lost, but have you ever thought of, in fact, sometimes is not imagination of easy when we need to clear some things, why do we say so? Please read the following case.


“I officially broke up with my boyfriend last week, in order to completely forget him, I have moved to New Orleans, and I delete his contacts from my iPhone contacts book. I just want to live without him. However, sometime his contacts still pop up when I selecting contacts to send messages, make a phone call. I’m 100% sure has deleted his contacts, I don’t know why, anyone who can tell how to solve this problem?” Asked by Lucy.

Why the deleted iPhone contacts can not being removed completely? Because your iPhone will not immediately overwrite the deleted data including contacts, they just be label as “ready to be overwritten”, so that you can restore deleted contacts from iPhone by use a recovery tool just like the iPhone Data Recovery. This is the Apple’s self protection mechanism. If you really want to permanently delete contacts from iPhone, we strongly recommend that you use the iPhone Data Eraser or iPhone Data Recovery tool.

Part 1. Permanently Delete Contacts on iPhone without Recovery

iPhone Data Eraser, provides the most complete data delete solutions, allows iPhone iPad and iPod user to permanently delete contacts, text messages, photos, video, call logs and more personal files with a click. All iOS models for iPhone, iPad, iPod are supported by this software, such as iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad Air 2/3, iPad Pro, iPod touch 4/5, even the latest iPhone 7.

Now free download and install a iPhone Data Eraser tool on your computer to delete your iPhone contacts permanently.

Easy Steps to Delete Your iPhone Contacts Permanently

Step 1. Manually remove the contacts you don’t want

Tap “Contacts” app on your iPhone > select the unwanted contacts > tap “Edit” on the top right > scroll down the window until you see “Delete Contact” > tap “Delete Contact”. Now you have remove the unwanted contacts from your address book, but they sitll haven’t been overwritten. Please don’t worry, proceed to next step.

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Step 2. Install iPhone Data Eraser and connect iPhone to your computer

After downloading the iPhone Data Eraser, install and launch it on your computer, the program’s interface will pop up soon, don’t let your hands on the shelf, take out your iPhone’s USB cable to connect it with the computer. If your iPhone is detected, you can see some information of your iPhone.

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Step 3. Choose “Erase Deleted Files” Option

Click “Erase Deleted Files” in the left sidebar and click on “Start Scan” to start scanning the previous deleted contacts and other data from your iPhone.

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Begin to scan the previous deleted contacts and existing contacts off iPhone

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Step 4:Permanent Erase “Already Deleted & Existing Contacts” from iPhone

After analyzing and scanning your iPhone, the program will show you all the found data on your iPhone, including contacts, messages, call history, notes and so on. By default, all files will be selected. Unselect the files you wish to keep. You can also select the deleted data to view detailed information on the file. If done, click “Erase Now” to permanent delete them from your iPhone.

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Note: To avoid damage to the device, please don’t disconnect the device while erasing.

Part 2. New Method to Permanently iPhone Contacts without Restore

iPhone Data Recovery enables the users to permanently delete iPhone contacts at a time through PC/Mac. Moreover, if you are looking for options on how to recover deleted contacts from iPhone due to accidentally deletion, restoring to factory setting, uograding, formatting, etc, you can use this software as well.

Step 1. Install, Run the Program and Connect iPhone to PC

First of all, you need to install and run the iPhone Data Recovery program on your computer; the Windows and Mac version are available for download, and then connect your iPhone to PC via USB cable.

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Step 2. Scan the Private Data on Your iPhone

Next, cclick “Start Scan” to start the scanning process. You can see the program will detect your iPhone device automatically.

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Step 3. Permanently Delete Messages from iPhone

At this step, all the data will be completely found no matter when they were deleted. Just wait a moment; it will take time to finish the scanning process. You can select “Contacts” then click the “Erase from the Device” button.

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The deleted contacts are irrecovable, so please confirm your operation in case you erased wrong data. Just enter “delete” to then click “Erase now” to confirm your action.

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Soon, your selected contacts will be erased.

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Finally, you will see “Erase Completed” message on the screen once the process is complete.

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In addition, all the deleted data is 100% unrecoverable, to prevent accidently deleting needed contacts on your iPhone, you’d better back up your iPhone data before wiping your device, so that you can restore them from backup.

Read more:

How to Delete Text Messages from iPhone Permanently

How to Delete Notes on iPhone without Restoring

How to Permanently Delete Photos from iPhone iPad

How to Release Massive Storage Space on iPhone iPad & iPod Touch

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