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How to Recover Deleted Contacts from Android Phone

Rob Parsons Updated on Apr 21, 2022 9:44 AM

Losing your Android contacts is a serious situation, but there's no need to panic. Here are a few ways you can try to get your contacts back from Android phone.

If you've taken preventative measure beforehand to back up contacts to somewhere such as Gmail or Google Drive, retrieving the lost or deleted Android contacts number can be easy and quick. Or if you haven't done these things, then there is tools that can help in more sophisticated way. We discuss your options here too.

Make Sure All Contacts Are Not Hidden On The Device

The first thing you should try to find back the lost contacts on Android is a simple check of settings on Contacts app. Sometimes a wrong operation may cause your contacts not to be showing up in contact list. If that's the case, You can find them right away by configuring settings on Contacts app:

  • Open the Contacts app on your Android smartphone.
  • Tap "Menu" option in the top corner of the screen (some phones may list it in bottom corner).
  • In the opening menu, tap "Contacts to display"
  • From a list of options how you want to display the contacts, Select "All contacts".

Now, all of the contacts from should be displayed in the contacts list.

If this settings has already been enabled but you still can't see your lost phone numbers, things might be a little more difficult, But that doesn't mean you're out of luck. Fortunately, there are plenty of Android contacts recovering apps you can use to retrieve deleted contacts from Android phone memory. We'll show you how!

Using Android Contacts Recovery Program (Root Required)

In this article, we'll introduce a utility named Android Data Recovery, which is excellent for recovering contacts that were seemingly lost forever on Android. And the software is also capable of recovering all other types of files such as photos, messages (including WhatsApp conversations), call history, videos and other files. It's simple and easy to use.

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To recover deleted contacts from android internal memory, firstly you'll have to download this Android Contacts Recovery tool and install it on your computer. Then follow these simple steps. You can get detailed user guide here.

  • Launch it and connect your Android phone to the computer through USB cable.
  • Enable USB Debugging mode on your Android smartphone.
  • Next, you will get a screen asking you to select what file types you want to scan in the phone memory. Check the Contacts box and proceed.
  • Root your phone using the built-in rooting tool.
  • Once the rooted is finished, the software will make a deep scan of the memory and display all scanned files on the screen.
  • Preview and select what contacts you need to retrieve, click the Restore button and you're off.

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Restoring Contacts from Backups on Android Phone

If you have made backups of your contacts and other data regularly on your Android phones via the built-in backup service, retrieving the deleted contacts to Android is really easy. Here's how to do.

  • Unlock your Android phone and go to Settings app.
  • Tap "Google".
  • Under "Services" tap "Restore contacts". Then select which account's contacts to restore.
  • Tap the device with the contacts to copy.
  • Tap "Restore" option, then wait until you see "Contacts restored"

This process will merge duplicate contacts data and sync your contacts list to other device that's logged in with the same Google account.

You can get official help from here: Back up & restore contacts from your device or SIM card.

If you can't retrieve deleted Android phone numbers through this way, go ahead and try next method.

Getting Android Contacts Back Through Gmail Account

Google allows you to undelete contacts you have deleted from Android phone via Gmail if your device is synced with your Google account. When two approaches above can't help you restore Android contacts, you may try this option and get all your lost contacts back. Be mindful that you can only recover contacts you deleted less than 30 days ago.

Below is how you can retrieve a backup of your Gmail contacts.

  • To restore contacts, simply use a web browser on your computer to sign into Gmail.
  • In the top left corner of the screen, select "Contacts" from the "Gmail" drop-down menu.
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  • Now you'll see a list of contacts that Google has attached to your account. Click the "More" option and then select "Restore contacts". This will open a popup window where you can select a backup restoration period from the list. The date can be back as far as 30 days.
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  • Click the "Restore". Gmail will revert your contacts to the state they were in at the selected period.

Finally, you just need to resync your Google account on your Android device and your lost contacts should be back in the list.


So, those are four of our chosen methods. To avoid scares like this one in future, it's a good idea to make a backup copy of your Android contact list, whether you save it online or local hard drive. You can turn on automatic synchronization function in your Android phone, or use the "Android Data Backup & Restore" option built in the program we mentioned in method 4, or even make use of the third-party backup services from the web.

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