How To Recover Lost Or Deleted Contacts On Android Devices

Gone are the days when we used to save phone contacts in our diary; but those were our landline numbers. With the arrival of mobile phones, we have always used phone book to save contacts. No offense, but our contacts stored in our mobile phone, whether it is feature phone or smartphone, can be deleted or lost by anyone. Just like those pages of diary were lost, torn or got flimsy.

Who can delete contacts from our phone? Well, either it could be our kids or any stranger whom we have handed our phone to. Or maybe we ourselves delete any contact by mistake. Thankfully, there is a workaround to retrieve lost contacts on Android smartphones and tablets.

How to Recover Deleted Contacts on Android Using Gmail

For Android users, Gmail is a great help if they have synced their devices with Google account. Gmail has got a cool feature that lets users take back-up of all contacts. The feature gives users access to deleted contacts of last 30 days.

Step #1: Open your Gmail account by logging in with user id and password.

Step #2: On the left navigation panel, locate Gmail menu above COMPOSE button.

Step #3: Click on Gmail and then click on Contacts from the drop-down menu.

Step #4: You will land on a different page, where you can see all your synced contacts of Android phone.

Step #5: Click on More from the left navigation panel.

Step #6: Click on Restore contacts option from the panel.

You will see a pop-up box with some back-up options:

  • 10 min ago
  • 1 hour ago
  • Yesterday
  • 1 week ago
  • Custom

You can select Custom and take back-up of contacts you have deleted as long as 30 days back.

Finally, hit the Restore button. Upon successful completion of this process, you can go back to your Android device and re-sync your Google account.

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How to Restore Deleted Contacts from Android

Samsung gives a good solution in Kies, which connects your mobile phone to your PC, making it easier for you to sync data between your Samsung phone and computer. For other Android phones, here is a simple method to recover/restore deleted contacts.

Step #1: First off, download Wondershare, a popular Android data recovery tool. Install the software and open it.

Step #2: Connect your Android phone/tablet with your computer using USB cable.

Let the device synced with computer.

Step #3: Once your Android device and computer are connected, choose USB debugging and not media transfer or USB storage device options.

Step #4: After your phone/tablet is synced with software, a new window will appear on your computer screen; it will prompt you what you wish to recover from your Android phone/tablet.

Step #5: Now choose Contacts icon and check the Scan for Deleted Files box.

Step #6: Tap on Allow on the next pop-up.

The process will take some time, post that you can see all the deleted contacts on your computer.

Now that you have completed the entire process, you should consider a few points mentioned below.

Points to keep in mind…

  • While you are following above steps, your Android device should have a minimum battery of 30%. This will ensure smooth sailing of entire process on your smartphone.
  • Note that you can’t claim your older contacts, which were saved before you had rooted your phone; in any case you want those contacts, you should take regular back-up of all contacts.
  • Note that contacts can be recovered/restored even after Factory Reset.

Hope you will restore deleted contacts on Android by following this information guide. Once you finish the recovery, do share your opinion/feedback with us. Connect with us at FacebookTwitter and Google Plus.

1 thought on “How To Recover Lost Or Deleted Contacts On Android Devices”

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