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How to Recover Deleted Contacts from Sony Xperia Phone

Rob Parsons Updated on Apr 15, 2022 5:28 PM

We all use our phones to get in touch with the outside world every day. Lost contacts on Sony Xperia phone due to a mistaken deletion on Contacts list or a failure update? Don't feel too bad because you're not alone. There are a several ways to get the contacts back from Sony Xperia.

In this article, we'll show you how to recover Sony Xperia contacts with two efficient approaches. The advice contained within this article applies to other types of data recovery on Sony Xperia.

Use Xperia Companion Backup

This option only works if you have previously created a backup of your Sony Xperia contacts for the computer. If at some point in the past you used Xperia Companion's Backup option to create copies of your Xperia contacts, congratulations for being proactive! You're lucky and are able to restore contacts from Xperia Companion backup. Now it's the time to do it.

  • Launch the Xperia Companion and connect your Sony Xperia phone to the computer.
  • Select "Restore" option under Manage Your Xperia.
  • Select the desired phone backup file and click Next.
  • Check the desired content to restore. To recover Sony Xperia contacts, here left the Contacts item checked and cleared the other boxes.
  • Click Next to begin the restore operation.

Wait until the contacts information is restored to your Sony Xperia Contacts app.

Recover Contacts from Sony Xperia Storage

If you don't have a backup, unfortunately, you may have to move on to dedicated Sony Xperia contacts recovery software. This is the type of recovery that will scan your device's memory for deleted files and retrieve them.

While a large number of 3rd party data recovery applications can do this trick, Android Data Recovery is our favorite. The program is extremely user-friendly and simple to use. It can recover numerous types of files from Android device internal memory such as photos, contacts, messages, documents, videos, call logs. Not only that, but it supports the ability to recover files from SD card attached with the device.

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Let's see how this Android Data Recovery works. Get it downloaded by clicking the link above and install on your computer first.

Why you can recover contacts from Sony Xperia internal memory? Technically, when you deleted a contact number on a Sony Xperia phone, it's not truly removed from the device's memory. Instead, the device just marks the space the contact was using as free for re-use. Once you write something new to the device, the free space will be occupied by the new data, and your deleted phone number is totally gone.

Step 1: Install and launch the data recovery program

After the installation, go the desktop and double click the program icon to launch it. In the opening interface, click the "Android Data Recovery" tab to proceed.

Next, connect your Sony Xperia Android phone to computer with a USB cable.

Step 2: Allow USB debugging mode

Once the connection is built successfully, a pop-up will ask you to enable the USB debugging mode on the device. You can follow on-screen instructions to finish it. If you fail to do it, see the details on the guide about how to enable USB debugging mode on Android.

[Also see: How to recover deleted texts on Android phone]

Step 3: Choose Contacts option for deep scan

Go ahead and choose the data type you'd like to scan for lost files. In this example, we're going to recover contacts from Sony Xperia, so just check box next to "Contacts" and left others unchecked. This will enable the scan process to move on more quickly.

Press the Next button to move on.

To get full access to your Xperia phone, you will have to root the device. To do this, click on the Rooting Tools button at the bottom and follow the pop-up instruction to root your phone with a tool named KingoRoot.

Once you're rooted, the software will start a complete scanning process.

Step 4: Preview and retrieve the contacts on Sony Xperia

After the scan, a list of the recoverable file types will display in a new window. Find Contacts category and click it, you are able to have a preview of all contacts.

Somewhere in the top center position you will see a "Only displayed deleted item(s)" switch. You can turn it on for just previewing the deleted contacts or ignore it for viewing all of them.

Recover deleted phone contacts on Sony Xperia

Now, select the contacts you want to retrieve and click the Recover button. In the dialog that pops up browse for the appropriate area to save your recovered contacts.

Finally , hit the Recover button again to initiate the recovery process. This can be finished in a few seconds.

When it's done, you can open the folder and check the recovered contacts.

How to Back Up Xperia Contacts

Once you've retrieved deleted contacts on Sony Xperia, one important thing you should do now is back up your Sony Xperia Android phone in case something goes wrong in future. You can do this by using the built-in option in this program (click the link above), or use Xperia Companion's Backup feature. Here's how to.

  • Open the Xperia Companion and connect your device to the computer.
  • Select "Backup" option under Manage Your Xperia section.
  • Name your backup when prompts.
  • Check the desired content to back up and click Next.

Wait while the Xperia Companion backs up the information. You can add a password to protect your backup file if required.

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Supported Sony models: Xperia 1, Xperia 10 (Plus), Xperia XZ3, Xperia XZ2, Xperia XA2, L2, XA1 Plus, XZ1 Compact, XZ1, L1, XA1 Ultra, XA1, XZ Premium, XZs, X Compact, XZ, E5, XA Ultra, XA, X, Z5 Premium, Z5 Compact, Z5, M5, C5 Ultra, A4, Z4, C4, M4, E4g, E3, Z3 Compact, Z3, C3, T3, ZL2, M2, A2, Z2, T2 Ultra, Z1, etc.

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