7 Ways to Recover Deleted Phone Numbers on Android

How to recover deleted contacts on Android: A step-by-step guide

Losing important phone numbers can be a real anguish. Whether you accidentally deleted them or your Android phone crashed and you're suddenly left without them, it's always extremely annoying. Fortunately, you can recover them using your Google account or an additional method using third-party software. This tutorial shows you how to restore deleted contacts to your Android device.

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Recover deleted contacts with Google Contacts app

When it comes to recovering deleted phone numbers in Android, the Google Contacts app is the most effective solution.

1. restore from trash

The Google Contacts app comes pre-installed on most Android phones. If you don't have it on your device, download it from Play Store. The application stores your deleted contacts (in the Trash folder) for only 30 days before they are permanently deleted. If you want to recover a phone number you deleted more than 30 days ago, you'll have to use one of the other methods.

Note: Phone numbers stored on your device are synchronized with your Google account and Google Contacts app. If you have never signed into a Google account on your device, your phone numbers will not be backed up by Google and you will not be able to retrieve them using this method.

  1. Open the Google Contacts app on your phone and sign into your Google account, if you haven't already done so.

  2. On the home page, click the "Repair and manage" button.

    Tapping on the "Fix & manage" button in the Google Contacts app.

  3. Select "Trash."

    Click "Trash" in Google Contacts app.

  4. You will be able to see all the phone numbers you have deleted in the last 30 days. Press and hold the phone number you want to restore.

    Tapping three dots in Trash folder in Google Contacts app.

  5. Click the icon with three vertical dots (also known as the kebab menu) in the upper left corner of the screen.

  6. Select "Recover."

    Selecting "Recover" option in Trash folder on Google Contacts app.

  7. To recover all deleted phone numbers at once, first click the "Select all" option.

    Selecting "Recover" option in Trash folder on Google Contacts app.

  8. Click "Recover" at the top, and all deleted phone numbers will be restored to your device.

  9. Remember that you can also access all contacts that have been deleted from your PC by going to the page Google Contacts. You need to sign in to your Google account, and then click Trash (or Trash) in the menu on the left (the option is at the bottom).

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2 Undo changes

Sometimes deleted phone numbers don't show up in the trash. Fortunately, you can recover them using another method. Google lets you undo all the changes you've made to your contacts in the past 30 days. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Contacts app.

  2. Click the "Repair and manage" button at the bottom of the home page.

    Tapping on the "Fix & manage" button in the Google Contacts app.

  3. Select "Settings."

    Clicking on Settings in Google Contacts app.

  4. Scroll down on the settings page and click "Undo changes."

    Clicking on "Undo changes" in Google Contacts app.

  5. Select a time frame. You can choose from predefined options or set a custom time frame.

    Selecting time frame to undo changes in Google Contacts app.

  6. Click "Confirm" and then "OK" to restore phone contacts to the device. These changes may appear in your contacts after a few minutes.

Note: By undoing changes, you restore the version of your contacts from the specified date and time. Changes you made during this time interval, such as adding new contacts or editing contacts, will also be undone.

3. re-import phone numbers from your Google account

There is a possibility that the phone numbers you are looking for have not actually been deleted, but are corrupted and do not appear in the contacts list. This could be due to some error in the Contacts app or some failure of the device itself. If this is the case, it might be a good idea to re-import the contacts into the device from your Google account.

  1. Open the Google Contacts app.

  2. Click the "Repair and manage" button at the bottom of the home page.

    Tapping on the "Fix & manage" button in the Google Contacts app.

  3. Select the "Restore contacts" option.

    Tapping on "Restore contacts" in the Google Contacts app.

  4. Click the "Restore" button and all contacts will be imported to your device.

    Clicking on "Restore" button in Google Contacts app.

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4 Recover deleted contacts from SIM card

SIM cards have a small memory capacity to store a limited number of contacts, and many users still use them to store phone numbers. If you are one of them, you can easily recover deleted phone numbers by re-importing them from the SIM card through the steps below:

  1. Open the Google Contacts app.

  2. Click "Repair and manage" at the bottom of the home page.

    Tapping on the "Fix & manage" button in the Google Contacts app.

  3. Select "Import from SIM."

    Clicking on "Import from SIM" in Google Contacts app.

  4. If you have two SIM cards in your device, select the one you want to use to import contacts.

  5. You can see the deleted phone numbers in the list. Click and select the contacts you want to recover.

  6. Select the location (Google account or device) to which you want to import contacts.

    Selecting contacts to import from SIM via Google Contacts app.

  7. Click "Import" to restore phone contacts to the device.

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5. restore backup of contacts from Google account

If you don't want to use the Contacts app to restore numbers stored in your Google account, you can also do it through Settings.

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone.

  2. Scroll down to click on "Google."

    Tapping on "Google" section in Android Settings.

  3. Select "Configure and restore."

    Tapping on "Set up & restore" under Google in Android Settings.

  4. Click "Restore Contacts."

    Tapping "Restore contacts" under Google settings.

  5. Click the "Restore" button, and the deleted phone numbers will be restored to the device.

    Tapping "Restore" button in Google section in Android Settings,

6. restore deleted contacts without backup

If you haven't backed up before losing your phone numbers, this method gives you the best chance of restoring your Android contacts. Try looking for the deleted phone number in your call history. If you have called the number in the past, it will be there. However, it will no longer have the contact name - just the number.

You may not remember the deleted phone number, but reviewing your call history can help you identify it. Try to remember when you last spoke to the person and for how long to connect the number and identity.

If you still can't find the deleted phone number, consider using a caller ID app called Truecaller. It works like a phone book and will help you identify all unknown numbers in your call history.

Truecaller app screenshots.

Image source: Play Store

Truecaller also provides additional details, such as phone carrier and location. If you're lucky, you may even see a profile picture. The information may not always be correct - but in most cases it is.

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7. use third-party services

If the above methods didn't work, you need to use third-party solutions. There are plenty of services available that can help you recover deleted phone numbers on your Android device.

Among the most popular data recovery applications are Dr. Fone Android Data Recovery, Fonepaw i DroidKit. Most of these programs are free, but advanced features are hidden behind a paywall. Such apps usually scan your device for traces of deleted phone numbers, and then let you manually recover them on your Android phone.

If you decide to use this method, you must immediately turn on airplane mode on your smartphone and stop using it. This is to avoid overwriting the data you are trying to recover.

FonePaw interface overview.

Things to know before using third-party applications

Note that data recovery apps do not guarantee the restoration of deleted phone numbers. In addition, these apps may require root of the device, as most of the deleted data is stored in a part of the system that can only be accessed with root privileges.

We do not recommend rooting your device unless you are an advanced user and know what you are signing up for. It should be mentioned that rooting can void your smartphone's warranty and expose it to potential security risks. If you still want to root your device, you can do it with the Magisk tool.

Avoid losing your Android contacts in the future

Trying to recover deleted phone numbers on Android can be a hassle if you don't have a backup. The good news is that Android devices offer a free way to back up your Android contacts. If you want an easy way to restore contacts in Android, set up backup options to be prepared in case you accidentally delete something later.

Back up your contacts with Google Contacts

Download the Google Contacts app if it is not preinstalled. You will need it to restore contacts later. If you are using a Samsung phone, go to Samsung Cloud.

  1. Go to "Settings -> Google" on your device.

    Clicking on Google section in device Settings.

  2. Click "Google app settings," the last option on the list.

    Selecting "Settings for Google apps" in Android Settings.

  3. Click "Sync Google Contacts."

    Opting for "Google Contacts sync" in Android Settings.

  4. Click "Sync contacts on device as well."

    Selecting to "Also sync device contacts" in Android Settings.

  5. Turn on "Automatically back up and sync contacts on your device." Select your Google account and you're done.

    Toggling on the "Automatically back up & sync device contacts" option in Android Settings.

  6. Note that this does not apply to contacts managed through other applications, such as non-Google email accounts.

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Back up contacts using Samsung Cloud

While you can use Google Contacts on Samsung devices, you also have the option of backing up and restoring contacts on Android using Samsung Cloud.

  1. Go to "Settings -> Samsung Account" on your Samsung device. Alternatively, click on Samsung Account at the top of Settings. If you are not already logged in or do not have a Samsung account, log in or create one.

Tapping on "Accounts and backup" option in Samsung Settings app.

  1. Click "Data backup."

    Clicking on "Back up data" option in Samsung Settings app.

  2. Turn on "Contacts" and whatever else you want to save.

  3. Click "Back up now" and wait for the contacts to be saved, then restore them from the cloud at any time.

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Frequently asked questions

Are the deleted phone numbers still on the device?

Yes, deleted phone numbers remain on your device. However, the space they occupy is marked as "Deleted" and becomes available for new data. When you add more data to your device, the deleted files are overwritten and permanently deleted.

Is it safe to use third-party applications for data recovery?

Yes, in most cases, third-party applications are safe to use. They are used for data recovery and cannot harm the system or device. However, if an app seems suspicious, it could end up stealing private data from your phone or installing spyware on it. Before choosing a data recovery app, do your research.

How to restore deleted contacts on Samsung phone?

If you use the Google Contacts app on your Samsung phone, you can restore your phone contacts using the methods above. But there are several other options.

If you have backed up your contacts using the Samsung Cloud app, go to "Settings -> Samsung Account -> Samsung Cloud -> Restore Data (select device when prompted) -> Restore." You can manually back up your contacts at any time by opening Samsung Cloud and clicking "Data backup."

You can also open the pre-installed Contacts app on your Samsung phone. Click "Contacts" and then the menu with three dots. Select "Trash" and long-press the contact you want to restore. It works almost identically to the Google Contacts app for restoring deleted contacts in Android.

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