Contacts loss happens unexpectedly with misoperation or even without one's knowledge. At that time, many an Android users are eager to recover deleted/lost contacts from Android phones. Unfortunately, some of them do not do a backup. What to do? Turn to an expert? The answer is no. Many may say that they can not take a risk, for those informations are too important and personal. Do not worry about it. I'm here to introduce two 100% safe methods for your reference. Please feel free to take a look.
If you have a habit of syncing Contacts with your Google account. Then, good to you. It's likely
to restore lost contacts with your account. However, there are something you should know
before doing so.
1. This method is only feasible when you have synced contacts to Gmail.
2. Google is only able to revert your contacts list back to any state in the past 30 days.
3. When you set up a time for reverting back contacts, those saved after the time you choose will
be gone. So, you might need to export those contacts to computer on the safe side.
4. If you export contacts to computer, it's recommendable to import contacts from computer to
Android devices via Mobile Transfer.
If you have no idea how to restore data via Google account, you'd better follow the instruction
step by step.
Step 1. Log in your Google account on Google Contacts on browser. Step 2. On the left panel, please click "More" option.
Step 3. Select "Undo changes" and a window pops up.
Step 4. Choose a time or customize the time, then click "Confirm".
Step 5. Tap "Google" or "Accounts" > "Google".
Step 6. Touch "Restore contacts" and get deleted contacts back.
Part 2: How to Get Deleted Contacts Back with Ease and Safety?
Android SMS Recovery may help you a lot to retrieve contacts from Android phone memory or SIM Card. It is a program with human-based designs which is quick and easy to use. And the software support many Android devices such as Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG and Sony. By the way, iPhone Data Recovery can help you recover lost contacts from iPhone if you are a iPhone user.
Note: Please turn off your data first in case your old contacts are overwritten. The lost contacts still exist in your phone and can be recovered. But, once they are written over, we can not restore them again.
The best software ever to restore lost contacts on Android
1. Save deleted contacts from Android as printable VCF, CSV, or HTML file.
2. Fully support multiple Android phones. Click here to check if your phone or tablet is supported.
Step 1. Connect Android Phone to PC
Install Android Data Recovery for Android. A similar window can be seen when you launch the software. Connect the two by a USB cable and wait for your computer to recognize the devices.
Note: Do make sure that your Android is over 20% charged.
Step 2. Enter USB Debugging
Tick USB debugging as the interface tells. This step is quite easy if you follow the procedure underneath. (The methods are different on different Android operating systems.)
1)For Android 5.0 or newer: Tap "Settings" > "About Phone" to tap "Build number" seven times for "You are now a developer!" signal. Then, move to "Settings" > "Developer options" to turn on "USB debugging"
2) For Android 4.2 to 4.4.4: Move steps according to the methods for Android 5.0
3) For Android 3.0 to 4.1: Enter "Settings" > "Developer options" > Tick "USB debugging"
4) For Android 2.3 or earlier: Go to "Settings" > "Applications" > "Development" > Tick "USB debugging"
After that, choose "Start" button on the next interface to go on.
Step 3. Choose Kinds of Data and Which Mod to Scan with
An interface will pop up for you to select what to recover. Since only contacts are to be retrieved, we tick "Contacts" in order to save time.
Step 4. Click to Analyze
Click Start to analyze your Android. Just wait a sec and a Superuser Request will show up on your phone. Allow it. Sometimes the box may pop up more than once, click "Allow" until it does not. And then, choose "Start" on your computer to begin scanning.
Step 5. Preview and Restore Deleted Contacts from Android
The result will be shown in the window as below. You can highlight one of them to see the details of your missing contact or existing one. (The missing data are marked by red, while the existing data by black.) Choose the ones that you want to get back and save on your computer, and click "Recover".
That's all about how to recover deleted phone numbers. Below are some notes about contact recovery you need to keep in mind.
1. Remember to do your backup regularly.
2. Android Data Recovery can not only recover deleted contacts, but also do backups of screen-broken phones.
3. It also applies to recovery after factory reset.
4. You can see only deleted items by turn on the switch on the top.
Part 3: Where Can You Save the Contacts on Mobile?
When adding a new contact, you are provided with the options to save the contact on phone memory, SIM card or Google account(if you have sign in Google account on your phone). To add a new contact:
1. Launch Contacts app on your Android phone;
2. Tap "add contact" button;
3. On some Android models, SIM card is the default location for contacts. Tap SIM card and choose the location you want from the drop-down list.
If you originally save some contacts on SIM card and now you want to move these contacts to phone memory or Google account, you may import contacts from SIM card to device storage.
On Contacts app, tap "More" > "Settings" > "Import/Export contacts" > "Import" > "Import contacts from SIM card" > "Save contacts to device/Google/other account".
Besides, you can also export contacts from device storage to selected storage location.
Note: In this tutorial, we use Samsung Galaxy S7 as an example. Other Android models have different operations to add or import contacts.