This is the worst-case scenario. Your iPhone was stolen, or you drowned your iPhone in the toilet – it happens. How are you going to get your Contacts onto your new iPhone?
If you’re in luck then your iPhone will have been backing up to iCloud anyway. As long as you set up iCloud when you first set up your iPhone you should have a backup that would have been made every night when your iPhone was plugged into a power socket.
In that case, you can follow the steps above to restore your old iPhone contacts (and everything else) on to your new iPhone. You can also log on to iCloud on the web and see your contacts there.
If you don’t have an iCloud backup it is possible that you might have a backup in iTunes. In that case, follow our advice for recovering your backup from iTunes above.
If you haven’t got a backup, then there are a couple of options:
You might be able to use an app like
PhoneRescue by iMobie,
WonderShare Dr.Fone for iOS or
Tenorshare iPhone Data Recovery to recover contacts from an old iPhone if the software is able to recognise the iPhone when you plug it into a computer.
And if that doesn’t save the day, you’ll just have to put a post on Facebook or another social network asking friends to send you their contact details.