Top 3 Ways to Fix Contacts Freezing or Locking in iOS 10

When you want to look for someone’s phone number, you have to browse the entire contacts list, but with the Contacts Search function, a nice and timesaving shortcut, can help you find the contact immediately and accurately. But, some users have reported that they have met a contact app freezing issue on iPhone during a contact search. If you are experiencing issues with your Contacts application, this article explains what to do when Contact search is not working properly on iPhone 8/7/7Plus/6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus/5s/5 running iOS 11/10.3.2/10.3/10. These include, but is not limited to:

1. Fix Contact Search Freezing by Hard Resetting

Normally, the first thing came to your mind when you are encountering the iPhone contacts search freezing or hanging issue is hard restart your device. Please after performing each step below and check to see if the issue is resolved.

First of all, press and hold the sleep/wake button and home button together until you see the Apple logo.

hard reset

After that, Launch the Contacts app, tap Groups, uncheck all contacts and re-check and tap Done.


Once done, Close the Contacts app and restart it. To do this, double press the home button quickly, swipe up on the Contacts app’s preview to close it. Then relaunch it.

2. Troubleshoot Contact Search Hanging by Turning on/off Contacts

The way 1 is not always workable, but no worries, you still have an alternativeoption, below is how it works:

To get started, we recommend you to back up your iPhone to iCloud including contacts.

Then tap on Settings > Contacts > Accounts.


Next, you will see your accounts here. Tap on iCloud. Then scroll down and switch OFF Contacts. It will say Keep on my iPhone or Delete from my iPhone, simply choose Delete from my iPhone. 


Next step is to re-enable the Contacts to ON here.If it says Merge contacts, Confirm and proceed.

Restart your phone and try

3. Fix Contact Search Not Working in iOS 10/11 With Tenorshare ReiBoot

If nothing of above help, then the problem might lie with its operating system, then you can try to put your device into/out of recovery mode with Tenorshare ReiBoot to get the contact search not working issue fixed.

Tenorshare ReiBoot is a powerful program focus on fixing all iOS problems, including app stuck/hanging, black death of screen, boot loop and so on.

Now let’s take a look at how it works. First of all, please download and install Tenorshare ReiBoot on your computer and launch it one installation done.

Step 1: After you've launched Tenorshare ReiBoot, connect your iOS device to your computer.

Step 2: When your device is detected by Tenorshare ReiBoot, click the button "Enter Recovery Mode" to put device into Recovery mode.

Step 3: Once the Exit Recovery Mode button is highlighted, hit it and wait your device out of recovery mode. After your contact search function will be back to normal.


Hopefully these methods work for fixing iPhone Contacts Search Freezing in iOS 10.3.2/10.3/10. Good Luck!

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