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How to Recover Deleted or Lost Contacts on Huawei Phone (Mate, P, Nova, Honor Series)

Rob Parsons Updated on Apr 15, 2022 5:26 PM

Bad things happen to everyone. If you have accidentally lost the contacts on a Huawei Android phone, you might be wondering if there is a way to restore those contacts on Huawei on your own. Unlike computers, Huawei phone has no recycle bin or trash to serve as temporarily container in which you can find the deleted files and restore them. Nevertheless, there are still ways to help you recover deleted contacts on Huawei phone. Here's how.

Make Sure All Contacts Are Being Displayed

All your Huawei contacts disappeared or not showing in contact list? Don't be panic. It's possible that your contacts are just hidden. With just a few taps, you can get them shown up again.

  • Open your Contacts list, tap the menu (three dots).
  • Hit Settings and then tap Contacts.
  • Open Contacts to display dialog. Make sure that "all contacts" is selected to see if all your Huawei contacts are hidden by accident.

If this option doesn't work, move on and try the next solution.

Huawei Contacts Restore from Backup

Backing up your Huawei phone regularly is definitely the most common and basic thing you can do to protect your data. If you've created copies of contacts by syncing Huawei phone with Gmail account, or use Huawei's Backup app or HiSuite to back up contacts to Huawei cloud, external storage device, or MicroSD before the loss of contacts, things can get easy. You can get back contacts to Huawei by following two articles.

Using Huawei Contacts Recovery Application

What if you forget to make backups of contacts on a regular basis? It's not the end of the world. Chances are that you can retrieve deleted contacts from Huawei phone memory, as long as the contacts was not touched and overwritten.

There are a wide range of Huawei contacts recovery programs out there that claim to boast the ability of recovering contacts, we stick with Android Data Recovery. As its name suggests, it can recover stuff from Android powered phones and tablets. This tool supports recovery of all deleted files, including text messages, photos, contacts, videos, documents, call logs, audio files, WhatsApp conversations.

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Download the right version of this program by clicking the given link above. The entire installation process should take no more than one minute so you can get started right away.

The Complete Guide: Recovering deleted contacts from Huawei memory

Step 1: Run Android Data Recovery and connect Huawei to computer

Launch the program, you should see a interface which gives you three choices to complete different kinds of tasks. For the purpose of retrieving contacts on Huawei phone, click the "Android Data Recovery" option on the left to proceed.

Next, attach your Huawei device with the computer.

Step 2: Set the phone to USB debugging mode

When detects, a notification jumps out, requiring you to enable USB debugging mode on the Huawei device. Do as the screen instructs.

You can also read our article about how to enable USB bugging mode on Android for reference.

Step 3: Choose Contacts file type to scan

Next, you will see a screen where you need to select what file type to scan to proceed further. In this case, check the box in front of the "Contacts", followed by Next.

The program will start scanning the device. If your device is not rooted, you should see this screen below. To get full access to the internal memory, you'll have to root the device.

Click the Rooting Tools button. This will open an external website, which offers you a root tool option — KingoRoot. It's safe and performs rooting task well.

Check out the article on How to Safely Root and Unroot an Android Device with KingoRoot.

Once rooted successfully, this Huawei contacts recovery software will start scanning your phone completely for deleted files. Be patient. It will takes around 5-20 minutes.

Step 4: Select what lost contacts you want back

Once the scan is done, all deleted and existing files should display on the window, just like the screenshot shown below.

You are able to have a preview at all those files and let the program just show the deleted files by toggling the "Only display the deleted item(s)" switch on the middle top position.

To restore contacts, click the "Contacts" category on the sidebar and check the boxes next to each file name to select lost contacts you want to retrieve.

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Step 5: Recover contacts from Huawei phone storage

Go ahead and hit the green Recover button at the bottom right corner. When you see the following screen, choose a location for saving the recovered files.

Again, hit the Recover button and the program will start the recovery process and save your lost Huawei contacts to computer in HTML, CSV and VCF format separately.

Once done, you can open the folder you specified earlier and check all newly recovered contacts, and transfer them back to your Huawei device if required. Most Android phones support import of contacts using CSV or VCF file.

That's it!

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Supported Huawei models: HUAWEI P30 Pro, P30, Mate 20 X, Mate X, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, Mate 20 lite, P20, P20 Pro, P20 lite, P10, Mate 10, P9, P9 Plus, P9 lite, 6P, Mate S, P8, G7, Mate7, Y3, Mate 9, nova, etc.

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