How to Recover Deleted Contacts from Android SIM Card

--Friday, May.24, 2013
Android is becoming more and more popular for its openness and rich features, there are many brands mobile phone running Android as operating system, such as Samsung S7/S7 Edge, HTC 10 and more. However, as far as I'm concerned, many Android users feel depressed when all of their phone contacts have been erased or lost after wiping phone or delete data accidentally. Is there any solution to restore all your lost contacts back?

Yes, of course you can restore deleted contacts from your Android phone. In Part 1, it allows you to recover deleted contacts directly from Android or SIM card on Android phones with Android Data Recovery App, which is very effective. And in part 2, you will learn about recover the deleted contacts with Gmail.

Part 1: Steps to Restore Deleted Contacts from an Android Phone

Now let's go through how to retrieve lost contacts from an Android phone, but you need to free download the program on your computer first.

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Note: Once your Android data get lost, you'd better not to add or delete data in the Android smartphone. If you do that, the Android backup file will be overwritten and what you lost can never be restored.

Step 1 Install and Run the Android Recovery Tool
To start with, install and launch the program on your Window or Mac computer.

Launch this App

Step 2 Connect Android to Computer and Enable USB Debugging
Then connect your Android phone to computer and check if you have enabled USB debugging on your Android phone. If not, follow the ways below; If you did, you can move to the 3rd step now.

1) For Android 4.2 or newer: Enter "Settings" > Click "About Phone" > Tap "Build number" for several times until getting a note "You are under developer mode" > Back to "Settings" > Click "Developer options" > Check "USB debugging"
2) For Android 3.0 to 4.1: Enter "Settings" > Click "Developer options" > Check "USB debugging"
3) For Android 2.3 or earlier: Enter "Settings" > Click "Applications" > Click "Development" > Check "USB debugging"

Check Android Debugging

Android Data Recovery empowers you to selectively choose which type of files to be scanned. If you want to recover Android contacts only, you can tick "Contacts" because it takes less time to scan only contacts than scan all the data.

Select Contacts

Step 3 Begin to Scan Your Andorid for Lost Contacts
Now you are in step 2 - Device Detected, that means your Android has been detected by the program successfully. Here, you just need to let the software analyze your Android device and wait for a few seconds.

When below window comes to you, you need to turn to your Android phone and click "Allow" popping up on the screen, until it disappear, and then back to the program and scan your Android for lost contacts.

Tap Allow

Step 4 Preview and Restore Contacts on Android
After all contacts and messages have been scanned out, the program will remind you stop the scan, because it is a waste of time to scan all data. Then you can preview all contacts one by one in the scan result, mark those you want and click "Recover" to selectively save them on your computer.

Restore Contacts

Note: Contacts found in the scan result contain those you deleted recently (displayed in orange) and those existing on your Android phone (displayed in black). Besides, you could recover some of them or all.

Part 2: Recover Deleted Contacts with Gmail

It allows you to restore the contacts from your device with Gmail. But it depends on whether your Android device is synced with your Google account or not. If it doesn't, this method could not help. But if it does, please follow the guide below to retrieve your lost contacts back.

1. Launch Gmail.

2. Go to "Gmail > Contacts" drop-down menu on your upper left corner.

3. On the left pane of the interface, you can see a list of the contacts, please click "More > Restore".

4. After that, a pop up menu should appear. Now you can choose a time and restore your contact list within the past 30 days. Then please click "Restore" and the job is done.

Restore Contacts via Gmail

Tips: The situation of SIM card is locking could be a problem when using our device. Actually, SIM card locking is a technical limitation made by the mobile phone manufacture. For instance, if you get a new device from your network carrier, this gadget is always locked and you can only use the appointed SIM card offered by this specific carrier. However, with this SIM card, you need to sign a contact with carrier for a period, like two years, and you need to pay much more in the network fee. Of cause, in the other side, you can get a discount on this device. If you want to get rid of the limits of SIM lock and use your device freely, you can try to unlock SIM card.

To form a habit of back up Android files from time to time is with no doubt a good thing. Once you deleted your Android data accidentally, you can just use Android Data Recovery to retrieve deleted data from Android.If you have any question, please feel free to drop us a comment below.

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