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Android Contacts Recovery - 2 Ways to Restore Deleted Contacts from Android

How to recover deleted Android contacts? This article is going to show you how to check if the contacts have really deleted and how to recover lost contacts on Android devices in different ways.


It is completely normal to accidentally delete the phone number of a friend or co-worker when you are attempting to add a new email address or a new number. Or when the virus has attacked your Android system, all data, including the contacts information stored in the phone is subject to be damaged. Many people are not aware that the deleted or formatted data can be gotten back again. When the contacts information is lost for some reason, they are obliged to collect them through every means they can imagine sweetly with tiny outcomes. Otherwise, they just stand to bear the loss and inconvenience caused by the loss of contacts. Actually, you can check the contacts status and try to find them back as follows:

Probably Your Contacts Are Not Deleted, Let's Check It!

Before finding ways to restore or find back your contacts, you'd better to have a look at your Android device, because your contacts might not be deleted. So you need to make sure all your contats are being displayed.

Let's check it as follows:

1. Find "Contacts" and open it on your Android phone.

2. Tap on the menu button on the top right corner. Then choose "Settings" > "Contacts to Display".

3. Select "All Contacts". Now, you can return and check whether you got your contacts back or not.

check your contacts is deleted or not on android

If it is back, that means your contacts is not deleted but hidden. But if it is still not back, you can try the below method to get them back.

See Also: Top 6 Contacts Backup Solutions for Android and iPhone

The Easiest Way to Retrieve Deleted Contacts on Android

An excellent program is required for the task - MobiKin Doctor for Android (Win/Mac). It is easy to manage as you can recover lost, deleted, or formatted contacts on Android phones through only several clicks. Furthermore, before you make the recovery, the program allows you to preview all the contacts information, such as name, phone number, email address, company address and so on. So that you can choose what you want and restore them selectively. The restored contacts can be saved in the format of HTML or TXT. And the best Android Contacts Recovery is compatible with nearly all brands of smartphone with Android system, including HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Sony, ZTE, LG, Huawei and so on.

To prevent this kind of thing from happening again, you may need to back up your contacts on Android phone. And for iPhone users, you can read another page to learn how to recover deleted contacts from iPhone devices.


Before you make the Android data recovery program access to your Android devices, first of all, you should root your device. If you don't know how to do it, this is a brief introduction to the method of rooting Android devices. After that, you can follow the following steps to rescue all your deleted contacts on Android phone as you like. Here, you may also need to know:

How to Check whether your Android device is rooted or not

Step1: Run the Software and Connect Your Phone to Computer

Download and install the program on your computer, then run it. Connect your Android smartphone with your computer through a USB cable, and then open the USB debugging on your device. If you don't know how to do it, you can go to here to learn the detailed steps on enabling USB debugging on Android devices.

how to retrieve deleted contacts on android

If your Android phone is running on a system of 4.2.2 or above, then a pop-up window will appear on your device. Just check your phone and check the option of "Allow" and hit "OK" button to continue the process on the computer. Then, you'll see an interface like below.

select file types for scanning

Please be noted that if your device is not rooted, the program will can't get the access to your internal memory, so that contacts cannot be found, and you'll get an interface in the program like below:

check your android device is rooted or not

If your device still cannot be recognized by the program at present, you can fix it as follows:

What to do if the program does not recognize my Android device?

Step 2: Scan Contacts Deleted on Your Android Phone

The program will detect your phone to display its information in the interface. So after enabling the USB debugging on the device, just wait for a little while, all your contacts list, including the lost and existing number, will be analyzed and shown in the program directly.

recovering android contacts to computer

Step 3: Preview and Retrieve Android Contacts Selectively

You can click the "Contacts" button for a preview of each telephone number and contact name, address, email address, company name and other contact information, and then select what you want to recover and export them to your computer by clicking on the button "Recover".

If you still don't know how to perform this program, you can also take a brief look on the below video tutorial:

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How to Restore Android Contacts with Gmail?

Many people like to sync their Android with Google account, then you can try to restore lost Android contacts from Gmail account, but it can only date up to 30 days back. So if you have done this, you can resync your device with Gmail and get all your contacts back. Cool, right? (See how to backup Android contacts to Gmail>>)

Step 1. Open and login to your Google account, then go to the Inbox and select "Contacts" from the drop-down list as the below picture shows.

choose the contacts for restoring from gmail

Step 2. Here, you can see a list of your contacts, don't hesitate to click "More" and choose "Restore Contacts..." option. Then, you can see an interface like below:

Step 3. Select the backups you wish to restore, then click "Restore" button to begin the process.

choose the backups for restoring

Backup Android Contacts to Avoid Losing Contacts Again!

To keep your Android phone contacts safe, you'd better to keep a backup of them on other external drive. Why not save your Android phone contacts on computer with the help of MobiKin Assistant for Android (with its Mac version)? By using it, you can copy complete information of your Android contacts on computer, including names, numbers, emails, job title and so on. Apart from contacts, it also enables you to transfer SMS, photos, videos, music and apps from Android to computer.

Steps of using Assistant for Android to transfer Android contacts to computer:

1. Click the download button from the following to download and install the Assistant for Android on your computer.

2. Launch the program and connect your Android phone to the same computer via USB.

3. Navigate to the left side panel and choose the "Contacts" category.

android contacts backup screen

4. Preview the contact list on the right and select the ones you want to backup.

5. Click the "Export" button from the top after you have selected all the contacts you want.

backup android contacts to pc


Well, above the whole contents of recovering lost contacts on Android devices, do you get some ideas about how to do it next? Generally speaking, MobiKin Doctor for Android could be the best tool to solve your Android data losing problems on Windows or Mac. So If you're interested in it, don't hesitate to have a free try!

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