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How Can I Recover Deleted Phone Numbers on Android - The Ultimate Guide

face Chelsea Staub Updated on Apr 15, 2022 4:09 PM

I accidentally deleted some numbers on my Android phone 3 hours ago. They used to be stored locally and synced with Google Account, but now I can't find it anywhere. Is it possible to recover deleted phone numbers on Android? The deleted contacts were some old phone numbers I kept years ago so they were neither in the recent call list nor in the previous call history.

Uh, oh. You deleted a phone number by mistakenly tapping Delete button after saving the incoming call number on your Android phone. In most cases you would be in luck: you can restore deleted phone number on Android if it's been synced to Google Contacts or backed up to Google Drive.

However, what if it's a new added number that haven't been backed up or synced? Though the permanent phone number loss poses challenge to retrieve deleted phone numbers on Android phone, Android Data Recovery makes it a breeze. You just need to download the tool, connect the phone to a computer to scan it, choose the deleted numbers you need, click on Recover button and done. (Click here to see detailed instructions on how to get deleted phone numbers back.)

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Whether you've got backups for the accidentally deleted phone numbers or not, this page has elaborated all details you need to grasp for Android contacts recovery - Samsung, LG, Huawei, Sony, Motorola, Google Pixel, etc. are all supported. As there's no one-size-fits-all solution, walk your way down to the tutorial until you succeed in retrieving deleted phone numbers.

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Can't find phone numbers? Check if they're hidden

Aside from your Android phone memory and SIM card, the phone numbers from the contact list are also saved from other third-party chat apps like WhatsApp and email service. All these phone numbers can sometimes become hidden when the settings are corrupted after the app or Android OS is updated.

So, if you can't find the contact number, configure the settings in Contacts app to verify if all the contacts are being displayed completely in your phone before performing the recovery of the lost phone numbers on Android phones.

  • Run Contacts app on your Android. Then, click on the "Menu" option (three-dots icon).
  • In the resulting menu, select "Contacts to display".
  • Make sure "All contacts" option is checked.

If the phone numbers are just hidden rather than be deleted, the lost contacts should be back now.

If you still fail to find out the numbers you saved from incoming or outgoing calls after it shows up all the contacts, they might be deleted or lost. Below we've explained how to recover deleted numbers on Android phone, as well as the contact information like address, name, email, job title, or more.

Restore deleted phone numbers from Google Account

Contact numbers in your phone will be automatically sync to Google Contacts if Backup and Sync function is active. If the deletion of the phone numbers occurs in the last 30 days, you can undo the change to restore deleted contacts on Android at Google Contacts. This trick also works if you need to recover deleted phone number from a lost phone.

  • Log in to your Google Account in contacts.google.com. At the upper right corner of the opening page, choose "Settings" icon and hit "Undo Changes".
  • Select the time period when you want to restore the contacts back. Depending on your need, you can undo changes from 10 min ago, 1 hr ago, Yesterday, 1 week ago or a customized time period (no more than 30 days).
  • Choose "Undo" to restore deleted phone numbers from Android.

Unfortunately, you're not allowed to restore contacts older than 30 days in Google Contacts. If you really need to get back a mobile phone number you deleted months ago or years ago, move to the next Android contact recovery solution.

Recover deleted phone numbers without backups

If you're set on using third-party data recovery software to get back deleted phone numbers on Android device, Android Data Recovery is by far the best option open to you. It offers multiple user-oriented recovery options like selecting contacts or other file type(s) to scan, previewing the details of the lost files, and undeleting particular phone number or all the contacts.

Better yet, as long as the phone numbers lost from Android phone memory haven't been overwritten, this tool can even manage to do deleted phone number recovery from a 3-year-old phone. Now, stop using your phone and recover the lost number ASAP.

Step 1: Download and install the Android contact recovery software on your PC or Mac using the link provided below. Upon the installation, double-click on its icon to open it up.

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Step 2: A window should appear with three function mode. For retrieving phone numbers, move over the mouse to Android Data Recovery and click on it to go on.

Step 3: Attach your phone to the machine via a USB cable and tap Allow on the device to enable USB debugging mode.

Step 4: In the next screen, tick the boxes next to Contacts. If you need to retrieve deleted numbers from call logs, check the Call logs option. To confirm your selection, click on "Next" button.

Step 5: If your device hasn't rooted, you'll be required to root it first. To do that, simply hit "Rooting tools" button and then root your Android phone with KingRoot. Once you conduct a successful root on your Android OS phone, the tool will start scanning it deeply to find all deleted contact numbers.

Step 6: A few seconds later, all recoverable phone numbers with name, email, etc. should be listed in a new panel. To quickly locate the lost phone numbers, toggle on Only display deleted item(s). Then, choose contact(s) to preview and hit "Recover" button to retrieve lost phone numbers.

Once done, all the recovered contacts from Android will be exported in the format of CSV, HTML and vCard (VCF) and saved on your computer.

Retrieve deleted phone numbers without computer

It doesn't always work, but restoring Android phone numbers from backups in Google Drive is your last resort.

If you've performed a backup for the new and old phone numbers in the past and make the automatic backup option ON from your phone, the backups for all of your telephone numbers will keep updating in Google Drive and can be restored back to your device with ease.

  • In your phone's Settings app, find and tap "Google".
  • Choose "Restore contacts" from under Services heading.
  • Tap From account and choose the account that contains the backup of deleted phone numbers to restore.
  • Choose the phone carrying with the lost contacts. Then, if required, you can deselect "SIM card" or "Device storage".
  • Tap "Restore" button. A Contacts restored messages will appear when it's done restoring recently deleted phone numbers.

If you're restoring phone numbers from an old Android phone, it's worth mentioning that you're not permitted to restore a backup from a phone running a newer Android OS version to a phone with an older one. Figure out which version of Android OS you're using at here.

What to do after you get deleted phone numbers recovered

Accidental deletion of cell phone numbers is hard to foresee, not to mention the contact numbers that disappeared from Android phone due to faulty third-party apps or a glitchy update. However, practicing regular backups for Android phone numbers can save you a world of hurt in the future. For this purpose, syncing to Google Contacts, backing up to Google Drive and keeping a copy on your computer using Android Data Backup & Restore software are all worth your consideration.

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