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Contacts Show Number without Names: How to Fix it?

Contacts Show Number without Names
Written by Hassan Abbas

Contacts Show Number without Names: An irritating situation occurs where apparently at random your contacts names are not displaying on iPhone, instead only displaying the numbers. When it occurs, when you launch a Phone app to make or receive a call. However, you will only view a phone number besides the contact name, and likewise, Messages display only contact numbers besides names. Often if you start viewing only contact numbers besides names, this can cause some headaches for iPhone users. Also, it provides the impression that you have lost all your contact information and contact names on the iPhone.

Don’t worry, most likely your contacts are not lost at all, they’re still intact and this show issue is either the result of a simple error, bug, or temporary issue. Also, there’s typically a quick resolution.

This guide will walk you through how to solve and troubleshooting contacts not displaying on iPhone. Also, contact names displaying as numbers only on the iPhone.

How to Fix Contacts Showing as Numbers Only on iPhone

Here are some troubleshooting steps to fix missing contacts names on iPhone for a Phone app, Messages app. Elsewhere where you would expect to view contact names besides just contact numbers.

Reboot the iPhone

At first, just restart the iPhone. This resolves the missing contacts names problem almost every time, and it’s quite a simple procedure.

You can also do this by turning it off and then turning it back on again. Also, you can issue a hard reboot. You can also shut down iPhone through Settings and then turn it back on again too. Below are some easy steps for forcibly rebooting the iPhone:

Force Restarting new iPhone models without Home buttons

Step 1:

Firstly, press and release Volume Up.

Step 2:

Then press and release Volume Down.


Also, Press then hold the Power / Sleep and Wake button.

Step 4:

Now continue holding only the Power / Sleep button until you view Apple logo appear on the screen to mark the iPhone has restarted

Force restarting iPhone models with a Home button

  • Press and hold the Power button and the Home button simultaneously until you view an Apple logo on the screen.

Besides the iPhone model, after force rebooting the iPhone and the iPhone turning back on again, then relaunch the Phone app and the Messages app. Also, and the contact information should be recover and visible again with contact names and other info and details.

Check if iCloud Contacts Are Enabled

Another most common reason why Contacts suddenly disappear and appear as phone numbers without names attached. Well, it’s that somehow iCloud Contacts has been turned off, but you were earlier using it.

Head over to Settings > click your name to access Apple ID settings > iCloud. Then look under Apps Using iCloud and make sure that “Contacts” is toggled to the ON position to be enabled.

Certainly, users may accidentally turn this feature off, or certainly, it seems to turn itself off. However, after some iOS software updates, or also after crashes or perhaps entirely at random.

If you can’t use this feature for some reason, then it’s quite good to use iCloud Contacts because they’re so easy to recover.

Contacts missing? Time to recover or restore them

There are some options available here.

You can recover lost contacts from iCloud using these instructions. However, if you had earlier used iCloud to save contacts before, and that will recover contacts to all devices attached to iCloud.

You can also recover an iPhone from a recent backup to restore contacts as well. However, it should not be necessary until they have been erased or removed since that backup was made.

However, if you exported the contacts as a VCF file then you can reimport them to the iPhone that way too.


Here’s all about “Contacts Show Number without Names”. Have you ever experience the lost contacts issue on iPhone? Have you ever seen all your contacts display as phone numbers besides names of contacts? Also, the above troubleshooting steps solve the problem for you? Did you find another easy solution? Let us know your experiences in the comment section below!

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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