My boss accidentally removed the locally saved contacts from his device.
If I login on his account on iCloud, there's nobody in the contacts app.
On the icloud website I can try to recover contacts, but that option also tells me there is nothing to recover He doesn't seem to have any icloud backups.
Basically he never used anything iCloud, there really are no backups.

I did see some shareware tools that pretend to recover contacts. Is this really possible? Will they really look for locally deleted items and recover them or are they just 'scams' that make it easy to recover contacts that are backedup somewhere. I don't want to pay for software that will not recover anything anyway.

he has the latest iphone, probably with the latest update.

  • Most of the recovery tools for iOS rely on there already being a backup to scavenge. Recovering data from a hardware encrypted device like an iPhone is pretty much impossible. Once it's gone, it's gone. I think you may have an afternoon ahead of you, spent teaching your boss what backups are for... Including the important lesson, that backups are only completely useless until you need them, then they are vital.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented May 19, 2016 at 11:31
  • @Tetsujin Thanks, I can't mark your comment as answer, but you do indeed confirm what I thought. Thank you
    – Brtrnd
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 7:18

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I tried several applications in trial mode; and all of them do require a backup.
He learned the hard way to make backups.

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