How to Recover Deleted Call History on iPhone without Backup

If you want to recover your deleted call history without a backup, you will need to download and use some kind of data recovery software to do so. Take time to research the available tools and choose the one that is right for you and meets your needs. You might also recover them by contacting your phone carrier such as AT&T and Verizon.

Keeping your call history is useful as it contains helpful information like who you have called, who called you, how long a call was, when a call was, and the name and number of those you have spoken to on the phone.

Unfortunately, accidentally clearing out your call history is a common occurrence. While recovering call history with a backup can be easy, what if you don’t have one? Read on to learn how you can recover important call history on your iPhone without a backup.

Key Takeaways

  • If you don’t have a backup you will need to use some type of data recovery software to recover your deleted call history in order to prevent losing this information.
  • To ensure you choose the right tool, make sure to research the available options and pick the one that makes the most sense to you and meets your needs.
  • To avoid this issue going forward and to ensure your call history is always safe, we recommend you create and maintain a backup for the future.

Download and Use Data Recovery Software

If you don’t have a backup, your only chance to save your deleted call history will be through the use of iPhone data recovery software. The first step is to find an appropriate piece of software, and then download and install it.

The exact steps you take to use the software will vary depending on which one you go with. In almost all cases, you will need to connect your iPhone to the computer with a cable. Then, most tools will let you select the type of files/data you want to recover.

Choose call history, and run the software. It should perform a scan that will go through all of the deleted files on your phone, and present them to you in a list when finished. You can restore all of your call history, or simply recover certain ones that you want or need.

Once you click the Recover or Restore button (exact term will vary from tool to tool), your call history should be restored onto your device to be viewed as normal.

To get the best chance of saving all of your call history, you should use this data recovery tool as soon as possible. As you continue to use your iPhone, deleted files are eventually overwritten, and you will not be able to restore files once they have been overwritten.

Choosing the Right Tool

When you search the internet for a data recovery tool to use, you will be greeted with a lot of different options. Before you simply choose one, there are a few things to think about to make sure you make the best choice for your needs.

First, you should look at the reviews and reputation of the software. You want to choose one that has positive reviews from past customers, and a strong reputation in the industry. You never want to download software that seems sketchy or doesn’t have much known about it.

You should also take a detailed look at the features the software has. Not all programs will do the same things, so you need to be careful. If you end up downloading one that doesn’t help with call history, for example, it will end up being a major waste of time and money.

Considering the costs of the software is also advised. While some are free, there are also paid tools that may offer more in terms of benefits.

Of course, you should also think about the user experience that the software offers and how easy it is to use. Most are quite simple, but don’t hesitate to view pictures or videos of the interface to ensure you are happy with how it operates.

Last Solution: Request an Itemized Bill from Your Service Carrier

All phone calls you make have to go through the service provider that your SIM card belongs to. The good news is that many carriers such as AT&T and Verizon offer certain free data access services, one of which is viewing call logs.

AT&T, for example, enables you to see a list of calls made from or to your phone number. Just log in to your myAT&T account on their official website or the mobile app. They even allow you to download the call logs in various formats such as CSV, PDF, XLS, etc.

If you can’t find such a feature from your carrier’s website, contact their customer support to see if you can request the service.

Note: this can be a premium service for many carriers and you might need to pay for it.


Here are a few commonly asked questions about recovering your deleted call history on your iPhone, as well as their answers.

How to create a backup?

To create a backup on your iPhone, go to Settings > Your name > iCloud > iCloud Backup. Make sure it is turned on, and your phone should back up automatically each day. You can also manually create a backup by pressing Back Up Now.

What is the importance of keeping your call history?

While not necessary for everyone, your call history can be important to keep as it will contain information about who you spoke to on the phone, when the call took place, how long the call was, and more.

Final Thoughts

Deleting your call history by accident with no backup is annoying, but thankfully that information isn’t automatically gone forever. We hope this guide helped you learn more about how to save and preserve the call history of your iPhone.

Is there anything you feel we left out or should have included in this guide? If so, let us know in a comment.

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  • Chris

    I cleared my call history and now my ph does not save new calls How do i fix that