12 ways to fix contacts not showing up on iPhone

We barely remember more than a few contact numbers, and we rely on the iPhone’s address book when making calls, texting, or emailing. If your saved contacts don’t appear on the iPhone, this can cause problems. To fix this unwarranted problem, here are some solutions to follow. Once you’re done, contact names not showing on iPhone error should be a concern of the past. Let us begin.

Fix saved contacts not showing up on iPhone

We will start with the basic solutions and move on. Please note that the fixes below to recover missing contacts apply to all modern versions of iPhone and iOS.

1. Force close the Contacts & phone application

Sometimes the Contacts app or the Phone app where you see all your saved numbers can face a temporary problem that prevents names from appearing in the phonebook, iMessage, or other apps. To fix this problem, force close the Contacts & Phone app. That’s how.

one. On iPhone with Face ID, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold. On iPhone with a front home button, press it twice quickly. You are now in the iOS App Launcher, where you can see all your open apps as rectangular cards.

two. One by one, drag the cards to Telephone application and Contacts: app all the way to force it to close.

Force Quit Phone & Contacts app on iPhone

3. After a few seconds, open the Telephone app again and tap on Contacts:. You should see all your contact names saved here.

2. Restart the iPhone

If everything was fine before, but suddenly the iPhone contacts disappeared or became invisible, consider restarting your device. It will take care of temporary problems and recover missing contacts.

To restart, use the physical buttons to turn off your iPhone. You can also go to Settings > general > To turn off. After a minute, use the power button to turn it on. Now, open the Contacts or Phone app and you will see all the contacts there.

General shutdown in Settings app on iPhone

3. Show all contacts

iPhone allows you to have contacts from multiple accounts in one list in one place. For example, you can have contacts saved to your iCloud or your Google account, they all appear in the Contacts app. But there is a setting to hide all contacts or those of a particular service. To make sure this is not the case, follow the steps below to display the available contacts on your iPhone.

one. Open the Telephone application, tap on Contacts:and then touch Groups from top left.

Note: If you don’t see ‘Groups’, it means you are using only one contact account, such as iCloud only and not Google or any other. It also means that you have not manually created any contact groups using iCloud.com on a computer (because iPhone does not allow you to create contact groups. But if you create them through iCloud on your computer, they will sync to iPhone as well).

two. Make sure everything is selected here. If not, touch Show all contacts > Done. Now your iPhone will display all the contacts from various groups and accounts.

Groups show all contacts in Contacts app on iPhone

4. Disable and re-enable the short name

Surprisingly, a small number of iPhone users have been able to fix saved contacts not showing up when disabling and re-enabling short names. These are the steps to do it.

one. Open the iPhone Settings app, scroll down and tap Contacts:.

two. Tap on Short name.

Short name in contact settings on iPhone

3. Turn the lever to Short name and after a few seconds, turn it on again.

Disable and enable short name on iPhone

Now, open the Phone app and see if you can see all the saved contacts or not.

Read also: How to Delete All Contacts on iPhone

5. Uncheck Prefer Nicknames

When you are editing a contact, you can tap Add field > Nickname to add one. This nickname appears below the real name. In the image below, TW is the nickname.

Add nickname field in Contacts app on iPhone

If you had enabled I prefer nickname In the settings, turning it off may bring back the missing contacts from the iPhone.

1. Open the Settings app and tap on Contacts:.

2. Tap on Short name.

3. Turn off the switch to Prefer nicknames.

Turn off Prefer Nicknames Short Name in Contact Settings on iPhone

6. Check your internet connection

If you own multiple devices like iPad, Mac, or a different iPhone, you can save contacts on them that will automatically sync with all your devices via iCloud. The same will happen if you use Gmail as your contact account on the iPhone. But for successful syncing, your devices must be connected to the internet.

On your iPhone, open Safari, YouTube, or a similar app and see if it works or not. If so, that means you have a working internet connection.

If you are using mobile data, make sure it is not disabled for the Contacts app. For this, open the Settings application> Cell phone and scroll down and make sure the switch next to Contacts: Y Settings they are green.

Enable cell phone for contacts and settings on iPhone

7. Re-sync your iCloud contacts

Even after following the fixes above, if contact names are not showing up on iPhone, consider re-syncing iCloud contacts.

one. Open the Settings app, tap your name from above, and choose iCloud.

Touch your name and iCloud on iPhone

two. Turn off the switch to Contacts:. It will ask you if you want to keep the previously synced contacts on your iPhone or delete them. Choose Delete from my iPhone (will be resynchronized in the next step).

Turn off iCloud contacts and choose Delete from my iPhone

3. Give it a few seconds and then tap the Contacts: switch to turn it on again. Make sure your iPhone has working Wi-Fi or mobile data. In a minute, all your contacts will be resynchronized and will appear in the Contacts app.

Turn on the iCloud Contacts switch on the iPhone

8. Check other contact accounts like Google

As stated above, iPhone doesn’t limit you to store and sync contacts in iCloud only. You can also use your Google, Microsoft or other accounts. If you were using an Android phone before, all your contacts are probably stored in your Google account. You can make all those contacts appear on your iPhone by following the steps below.

one. Open the iPhone Settings app, tap Contacts: > Accounts.

Accounts in contacts settings on iPhone

two. If you already have your Google (Gmail) account added here, tap on it and make sure the switch to Contacts: is enabled.

Tap on Gmail and make sure Contacts is enabled on iPhone

3. If your Gmail account is not added, tap Add Account > Google and complete the login process. Once done, make sure to enable the switch to Contacts:. After that, wait a moment and all the contacts from your Google account will be synced to your iPhone.

Tap on Add account in Contacts Settings on iPhone

Read also: 3 ways to add a contact to the home screen on iPhone

9. Import SIM contacts

The physical SIM card can store around 250 contacts. If you have some numbers saved in it, follow the steps below to import them to your iPhone. After that, these hidden contacts can appear in the iPhone’s Phone app.

one. Open the Settings app and tap on Contacts:.

two. Tap on Import SIM contacts.

Import SIM contacts in Contacts Settings on iPhone

10. Sign out of Apple ID and sign in again

The iCloud resync we did earlier should fix the issues and show all your contacts. But if that didn’t help, sign out with your Apple ID and sign in again.

one. Open the Settings app and tap on your name from the top.

two. Scroll down and tap Disconnect. You can choose to keep a copy of Calendars, Health, and Keychain by tapping their switches. Even if you don’t, they’ll get back in sync once you sign in again. Then touch Disconnect from top right.

Tap on your name and sign out of iCloud on iPhone

3. Now restart your iPhone.

Four. Open the Settings app, tap Log into your iPhone from the top and enter your Apple ID details.

Tap on Sign in to your iPhone in the Settings app

11. Make sure the country code is correct

Some third-party apps like WhatsApp require the correct country code to appear.

one. To add a country code to an existing contact, open the Phone or Contacts app and tap a person’s name.

two. Tap on Edit.

3. Tap on mobile and enter the correct country code.

Tap Edit on a contact to add county code on iPhone

Four. Then force close the third-party app (WhatsApp in question here) and reopen it. The contact should appear if that number is registered with the service.

12. Reset network settings

Finally, if nothing helps, consider resetting the iPhone network settings by opening Settings > general > Restart > Reset network settings.

Note: This will not erase any personal data like apps, music, videos, photos. However, all network settings like Wi-Fi, mobile data, VPN, etc. will be reset.

Reset Network Settings Reset Settings App on iPhone

Once complete, the contacts should sync successfully and appear on your iPhone. This should also correct any contact errors you have in iMessage, such as the name appearing incorrectly.

Conclusion: contacts are not displayed on iPhone

These were some answers to solve the missing contacts problem on your iPhone. Hope the fixes mentioned above work and now saved contacts are showing correctly in Phone & Contacts app.

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