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How to Get Old Call History on iPhone (Can You?)

For any iPhone user who has ever been in the frustrating position of not being able to find an old call history, I can relate. I recently found myself in this situation and after doing some research and testing, I was able to get my old call history back. I’m here to share what I learned about how to get old call history on iPhone, as well as some of the other solutions I discovered that may work for you.

First, go to your “Phone” app. This is where you can see your last 100 calls. If you want to see more, delete recent calls to make room for older ones. If you want an even more thorough history of your calls, contact Apple for it.

Phone App1. Open “Phone” app
2. Select “Recent” tab
3. Delete recent calls to reveal older ones (if needed)
Apple Call History1. Go to the Apple ID page
2. Sign in
3. Open “Data & Privacy”
4. Select “Manage Your Data and Privacy”
5. Navigate to “Get a Copy of Your Data”
6. Tap on “Get Started” and follow the on-screen instructions
iCloud Call History1. Open “Settings”
2. Tap on “General”
3. Select “Reset”
4. Choose “Erase all Content and Settings”
5. Restart the device and follow the on-screen instructions
6. In the “Apps & Data” section, pick “Restore from iCloud Backup”
7. Sign in with your Apple credentials
8. Choose the backup and wait for the restore process to finish

About iPhone Call History

The phone call log is perhaps the most important part of an iPhone (or any phone, for that matter!). It’s what makes it possible for you to communicate with other people and also to keep track of your own communication history.

The phone log keeps track of all the calls you’ve made, received, or missed. iPhones generally keep all your data saved up. 

Most importantly, did you know that your phone keeps track of the last 1000 calls you’ve made?

Well, if you didn’t, let’s elaborate more on that!

How to Get Old Call History on iPhone

You may have noticed that sometimes you get a lot of phone calls in a single day, and on other days you can go without getting any at all.

Well, your phone keeps track of all those calls in something called a call log. The iPhone can store around 1,000 call records, but you’ll only see the most recent 100.

You can check the old call details by following the next steps:

  • Open your iPhone
  • Head to the “Phone” app
  • Select the “Recent” tab 

In there, you’ll see the last 100 phone calls that you made or received. Moreover, you can check the details of each call by tapping the information icon next to the name or number you want.

Now, if you want to see a call history that’s older than those first 100, you’ll need to delete some calls’ data.

Here’s how:

  • Unlock your iPhone
  • Open the “Phone” app
  • Select the “Recent” tab
  • Press on “Edit” in the top right corner of the screen
  • Tap the red button next to the phone number you want to be removed
  • Select the “Delete” option when it appears

Every time you delete a number from your call log, one of the older 900 will take its place. For example, if you delete 20 numbers from your log, another 20 will appear at the bottom of it.

If you’re digging deeper and want more than those 1000 numbers, there’s another way!

Get Your Old Call History From Apple

Apple provides a downloadable spreadsheet that contains your call log data. This is incredibly useful for both the user and the Apple phone company.

In the case of the user, it allows them to track their own calls and see how often they use their phone to make calls.  

For the company, this data can be used by Apple itself for marketing and business purposes. For example, it could be used to identify where most of its customers live so that it can focus on building new stores in those areas. 

Here’s what you need to do if you want this option:

  • Head to the Apple ID page
  • Sign in
  • Open “Date & Privacy”
  • Select “Manage Your Data and Privacy”
  • Navigate to “Get a Copy of Your Data”
  • Tap on “Get Started” and follow the on-screen instructions

This way, you can have a complete history of your calls without having to worry about deleting anything.

Get Your Old Call History From iCloud

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iCloud is a cloud-based storage system that allows you to store data on Apple’s servers and access it from any device.

It’s useful because it allows you to store all your important files in one place. Thus, you don’t have to worry about losing them if your computer crashes or if your phone breaks. 

Most importantly, if you back up your data, you’re not just backing up photos and videos—you’re safeguarding your call history as well.

So, in case you’ve lost your call log or deleted it by accident, you can get it from your iCloud again. 

But before we get started, you should know that this will erase all the content and settings on your phone and download everything from your backup.

Still, here’s how to get your call history from your iCloud:

  • Open “Settings”
  • Tap on “General”
  • Select “Reset”
  • Then “Erase all Content and Settings”

After your phone restarts, do as follows:

  • Follow the on-screen instructions to activate your device
  • In the “Apps & Data” section, pick “Restore from iCloud Backup”
  • Sign in with your Apple credentials
  • Choose the backup you’d like to restore, and then wait as your phone begins to restore it

After all of this is done, you can head to the call log and check your old call history.

Wrap Up

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So there you have it: a quick look at how to get old call history on iPhone.

Just hop into the green “Phone” app or contact apple themselves. Better yet, if you’ve lost the old call history completely, you can download it again from your iCloud backup.

Hopefully, you’ll get all the old call history you want in whatever way you choose!