iPhone call logs are mostly ignored until you really need them… Unfortunately, having to recover deleted phone calls isn’t exactly simple. There’s not much you can do to change how the iPhone manages its logs, and there’s no “recently deleted” folder for calls either. Fortunately, we’ve got options.
Below are 3 different methods to recover deleted call logs on an iPhone… Plus a bonus of 3 ways to see deleted calls on iPhone without recovering data (we’ll talk about this next). Read on.
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Why Does My iPhone Delete Call Logs?
There is no actual configuration for iPhone’s call log feature. By default, it’ll only store the last 100 calls – and anything beyond that gets deleted automatically. In short, there’s no way to increase the number of calls iPhone logs.
It’s also possible that you deleted your call log on another device while both are connected to iCloud. If you have iCloud activated, your call logs are saved to all the devices that are logged in. And if you delete a call log on any of these devices, that change gets reflected everywhere (we’ll cover this below).
How to Find Deleted Phone Calls on iPhone
Because calls are considered private data, there aren’t a lot of ways to view them without having to actually recover deleted call history on the iPhone. Fortunately, we found 3 methods that really work. We highly recommend just recovering your data, but these may be worth a shot. To find deleted phone calls on iPhone, try:
1. Request your data from your cellular carrier.
This is the ONLY way to retrieve your call logs without restoring data, and without downloading a third-party application. If you can verify ownership, you should be successful with this method.
2. Request your data from Apple.
From the Apple website, you can request for a spreadsheet of contact attempts to your Facetime and iMessage. It’ll include details such as contact number, device, time of contact attempt, and more – however, it won’t indicate if the attempt was actually successful and if any communication took place.
To do this, open your browser and log into https://privacy.apple.com/ and log in. Then, click “Request a copy of your data” and proceed with the instructions on the site.
3. Use phone monitoring software.
PhoneSpector is a phone monitoring software that can get the call log from an iPhone, which gets uploaded to your PhoneSpector account (you’ll have to do it manually, though). It can also check deleted calls on iPhone, which is easily its most interesting feature in our case. It’s a paid app, though – so be ready to spend $35.88 on the basic subscription and $83.88 for the pro subscription.
3 Methods to Retrieve Deleted Calls on iPhone
There are 3 reliable ways to retrieve deleted calls on an iPhone. However, you’ll need a computer to actually use the software required. Unfortunately, there is still no reliable way to retrieve deleted call logs from an iPhone without a computer. Since our blog is called Macgasm, we’ll be demonstrating how to do this on a Mac (it’s also way easier since both devices are part of the same ecosystem). Read on.
Method 1: Recover Deleted Calls With Data Recovery Software
The most efficient way to recover deleted calls from an iPhone (without wiping it) is by using data recovery software. On most devices, deleted data remains until it gets overwritten by new data – you just can’t access it. But data recovey tools can.
For this article, we’ll be using Disk Drill. We often feature Disk Drill on our site because we can use it to demonstrate restoring data from smartphones, computers, storage devices, and more with just one app. It also has a high success rate and an easy-to-use interface, making it accessible to most of our readers.
Step 1. Make sure your iPhone is securely connected to your Mac. Then, download and install Disk Drill.
Step 2. Launch Disk Drill by opening Finder > Applications and double-clicking its icon.
Step 3. On the left sidebar, select “iPhones & iPads” and select your device from the main window. Then, click “Search for lost data.”
Step 4. Wait for Disk Drill to complete its scan, and allow any permissions that Disk Drill asks for.
Step 5. Disk Drill will display the contents it found on your iPhone. As you can see in the window, you can also use it to retrieve contacts, restore photos, and even recover text messages on your iPhone. For now, click “Call History.”
Step 6. Disk Drill will display all the call logs it found. To the left of the main window, tick the boxes beside each number to select the logs you want to restore. Then, click “Recover.”
Step 7. On the dialogue box that appears, use the dropdown menu to select a location on your Mac where Disk Drill will save the recovered files. Then, click “OK” to proceed with recovery.
Step 8. Once it’s done, click “Show results in Finder” to view your recovered files.
Method 2: Restore iPhone Call History From iCloud
If you have iCloud activated for calls, you should be able to restore that data to your iPhone. However, you can’t restore just your call log – you’ll have to restore everything on your iPhone. That means your existing content will be wiped and replaced by your iCloud data. So backup everything first!
Step 1. On your iPhone, tap on the Settings app.
Step 2. Navigate to General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Remember that this step is going to wipe ALL the data on your device, so make sure you have a backup.
Step 3. Wait for your iPhone to reboot and initialize the setup. Go through the on-screen instructions until you get to “Apps & Data.” Then, tap “Restore from iCloud Backup.”
Step 4. Log into iCloud, then choose a backup (use the dates and sizes as a reference). Sign in with your Apple ID whenever prompted, and make sure to stay connected to Wi-Fi.
Once the process is complete, you should find your call logs in the recents screen of your Phone app.
Method 3: Retrieve Deleted Calls From iTunes/Finder
Another method to restore your call history is to retrieve deleted calls from Finder (macOS Catalina and above) or iTunes . This section assumes that you backed up your iPhone via iTunes or Finder.
However, like the iCloud method, this process will replace all the existing data on your iPhone with the one in your backup… So make sure to save any existing data you don’t want to lose. Then, do the following:
Step 1. Launch Finder on your Mac, then select your iPhone from the left sidebar.
Step 2. Navigate to the “General” tab. Then scroll down to the Backups section and click “Restore Backup…”
Step 3. Use the dropdown menu to select a backup and enter your password. Then, click “Restore.” Once your iPhone reboots, you should find your old call logs in your Phone app.
- Launch the Phone app.
- If you want to delete all your logs, tap “Clear” > “Clear All Recents.” If you want to delete a specific log, tap the call and tap Delete > Delete.
If you have iCloud enabled on multiple devices, it’s possible that a call log was deleted on one of them and the change was reflected everywhere. You can disable it by signing out of iCloud on the other device (or using a different Apple ID).