Have you just received a call or text message from one of your contacts, but you see the word “Maybe” next to the name of the contact? It may seem strange and out of place. In this post, we are going to discuss why your iPhone contacts say “Maybe” and share you 7 useful tips to get rid of Maybe contacts in iOS 13/12.
The main reason why you might see a “Maybe” next to your contacts is that your iPhone has connected the contact name with a previous message or email from the person trying to contact you now.
For instance, you may get an email from John saying “Hey it was nice to meet you the other day”. When John sends you a message the next day, the iPhone may connect this new message to yesterday’s message and instead of John’s phone number, you’ll see “Maybe: John”.
Below are some useful tips you can try to stop the iPhone from making the connection and eliminate the “Maybe” next to the contact name:
If you are still seeing the “Maybe” even if you’ve already added the contact, this may be due to a syncing error. In this case, the best thing to do is to delete the contact and set it up again:
Your iPhone is smart and it will try to find your contacts in all apps you have installed. Turning off “Find Contacts in Other Apps” may help to prevent the iPhone from connecting the message to another message in another app. To do that, go to Settings > Contacts > Siri & Search and then turn off “Find Contacts in Other Apps”.
You can also solve this problem by simply adding the “Maybe” contact to your iPhone contact list. Follow these simple steps to do it:
You may also see a “Maybe” next to the contact name if that person has recently changed their phone number and the old number is no longer active. Therefore, it may be a good idea to check with your contact to verify of they changed their number and to get the new number if they have.
If you have enabled Siri suggestions on your iPhone, you may see the “Maybe” next to contact name on the lock screen of your device. You can simply disable the feature to fix this problem. To do that, go to Settings > Siri and turn off “Suggestions on Lock Screen”.
If you have synced your iPhone’s contacts with iCloud, it may be a good idea to fix the iPhone contacts say “Maybe” problem by logging out of iCloud and then logging back in. To do that, go to Settings > [your name] and tap “Sign Out”, then wait a few seconds before signing back in to eliminate syncing issues that could be causing the issue.
Resetting all settings on your iPhone is another great way to fix this problem. To reset all settings on your device, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings and then confirm the action. When the device restarts the “Maybe Contacts” should be gone.
If even a reset of all settings on iPhone doesn’t fix this problem, it is very likely that iOS glitches could be the main cause. In this case, you need a third-party tool like FoneGeek iOS System Recovery to eliminate these glitches in iOS 13/12 and get your device working as normal again. It is very easy to use and can repair any iOS device even the latest iPhone 11/11 Pro without causing data loss.
To get rid of the “Maybe Contacts” issue using FoneGeek iOS System Recovery, download the program on to your computer and install it, then follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Launch the iOS Repair tool and click on “Repair” in the main window. Then connect your iPhone to the computer and wait for the program to detect it.
Step 2: Click "Start" and you'll be asked to choose "Standard Mode" or "Advanced Mode". Then confirm your device information and click on "Start" to continue.
Step 3: When the firmware is downloaded successfully, click on “Fix Now” and the software will begin fixing the device. Keep your iPhone connected to the computer until the process is finished.
When the iPhone restarts after the process, the problem should be permanently resolved and the device should be working normally.
Now you’ve learned why iPhone contacts say “Maybe” and some useful tips to fix the problem. When “Maybe” appears next to your contacts, you can choose one of the solutions above to fix the problem. Whichever solution you choose, we recommend following the steps carefully to implement it. As always you can share your thoughts, comments and questions on this topic as well as other iOS issues in the comments section below.
By Fay J. Melton
Posted on May 05, 2018, 14:19:16
Fay Melton has explored the area of technology and software for more than 5 years and he is enthusiastic about helping users solve various technology issues.