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Samsung Contacts Recovery - Recover Deleted Contacts on Samsung Phone and Tablet


If your contacts on Samsung Galaxy S7 are deleted accidentally or lost after factory reset, just read this post to help you recover the deleted or lost contacts on Samsung Galaxy S9/S8/S7 Edge/S7/S6/S6 Edge/S5/S4/S3, Note 8/7/5/4/3/3, and whether you get backup or not.

Lately, I clear my Samsung Galaxy S5 for a better operation, but accidentally, I deleted my contacts. In addition, I even have not a backup. Oh my god, how do I retrieve my contacts on my Samsung Galaxy? - Richard
I factory reset my Samsung Galaxy S8 to factory reset, because it always went black. Before doing that, I had contacts backed up in Samsung account and Google account, but the important ones were in the Samsung account. Is it possible for me to retrieve the contacts that were synced to Google account? – Mini

No matter what situation you are suffering from like Richard or Mini, this page will help you find back the deleted contacts on Samsung phone easily.

In one word, whether your Samsung phone is restored to factory settings, or you accidentally deleted contacts without backup, you could still retrieve the deleted or lost contacts by following the steps as below.

Recover Deleted/Lost Contacts from Samsung

How to Recover Deleted/Lost Contacts from Samsung

Situation 1. Samsung phone is factory reset? Get lost contacts from backup

Recover deleted contacts from Samsung account

Samsung users will be given the option to create Samsung account to backup data from phone to cloud. If you owned a Samsung account and backup contacts to cloud, then you just do as the following steps.

Go to Settings > Tap Backup and Reset > Hit Restore under Samsung account, and then all previous backup contacts will go back to your Samsung phone.

Recover deleted contacts from Samsung account

Restore deleted Samsung contacts from Google account

For using this way to get back the deleted contacts, you must make sure that you have synced your contacts to Google account.

Now, let's read the steps one by one:

Step 1 Visit, log in your Google account and password (Gmail account or password forgot? Recover Gmail here.).

Step 2 Click Gmail > Contacts from the drop-down list to find the contacts >Click More > Export to save your contacts to computer as vCard file.

Recover deleted contacts from Google account

Step 3 Plug your Samsung phone to computer, and drag the exported contacts in vCard format to your phone.

Step 4 Disconnect your phone, tap Contacts > Hit More >Import/Export > Import from storage to pick up the exported vCard contacts. Wait seconds for detecting automatically, and it will show the contacts backup. Choose the right one to click "Ok" to import the contacts to your Samsung phone.

Situation 2. Without backup? Recover deleted contacts directly from Samsung phone

In this situation, you may accidentally delete one/multiple/all contacts on your Samsung phone, and what's worse, you did not make any backup.

Do not panic, get a Samsung contacts recovery tool is enough.

Why deleted contacts are recoverable?

Actually, deleted data are not erased instantly when being deleted. Why so?

Whether you store contacts in external memory or internal memory, deleted content are still there somewhere but invisible and inaccessible until new data are writing in your device. Because phone stores data in the place named as SQLite. The contacts on your phone always stay in "Allocated". When you deleted the contacts, then the deleted items will go to "Unallocated" from "Allocated" on the database. When new data are deleted, the new data will take up "Unallocated", and the originally deleted contacts will be gone away forever.

So for accessing the deleted contacts, you need to do two things:

1. Do not operate your phone, like picking adding new contact, deleting new data, etc.

2. Get a Samsung contact recovery tool to scan and restore the deleted contacts from "Unallocated".

Samsung contacts recovery tool

As mentioned above, for restoring the deleted contacts, you need a Samsung contact recovery program to help you. FoneLab for Android is the exact tool.

FoneLab - Android Data Recovery

You can check this video pitch to know how to use it quickly.

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Retrieve deleted contacts from Samsung phone (in good working and root)

If your Samsung phone is in good working, and you want to recover the deleted contacts, then you come to the right place here.

Step 1 Run Android Data Recovery

After downloading the Samsung contact recovery tool, install and launch it on your computer. Click Android Data Recovery. Connect your Samsung phone with computer via USB cable. Wait a moment, and the software will recognize your phone automatically.

Run Android Data Recovery

Step 2 Enable USB debugging mode

You should ensure the USB debugging mode open, so that you can manage your phone on computer. Follow here to open USB debugging mode.

Enable USB debugging mode

Step 3 Choose Contacts to scan

After detecting your software, it will pop up a window for you to select data type for recovering. Here, you can checkmark Contact.

Choose Contacts to scan

In this step, this program will root your phone automatically for scanning the deleted contacts. If your Samsung phone fails to root, then you have to root your phone manually.

Step 4 Preview and recover deleted contacts on Samsung

After scanning your Samsung, all the deleted/lost/existing files will be list on the left column. Choose "Contact" and both deleted/lost and existing contacts will show in the maintain window. You are allowed to only display the deleted/lost contacts and select the ones you want to recover.

Next, Click Recover to retrieve contacts from your Samsung device to computer as CSV, HTML and VCF.

Preview and recover deleted contacts on Samsung

Recover lost contacts from Samsung phone (broken/password-forgotten, etc. without root)

If you lost your contacts because you cannot operate your Samsung phone like password-forgotten, black screen, phone screen is damaged, etc. then you could still use FoneLab for Android to do you a favor.

Step 1 Connect your broken Samsung phone to PC, and this software will detect your phone automatically. Click Broken Android Phone Data Extraction.

Connect Broken Samsung

Step 2 Click Start to select your phone name and model and click Confirm to make sure your phone is in the list of suing this feature with this software.

Scan Samsung

Step 3 The pop-up tip will direct you to enter the download mode in three steps as the interface tells. Click "Start" to fix your phone.

Enter Download Mode on Samsung

Step 4 After fixing successfully, it will scan your Samsung phone data automatically.

Click Contacts to view the contacts in details. Then checkmark the contacts that you want to recover, click Recover to extract the contacts from your Samsung phone to computer.

Recover contacts on Samsung


This step enables you to recover the lost contacts from some Samsung phone, not all Samsung phones. Check the supported fixed Android devices here.


Contacts deletion or lose is the terrible thing that every user has to admit, however, this page solves this problem by providing users 4 ways to recover the deleted contacts, even your Samsung phone is password-forgotten, screen crashed, etc.

Honestly, for avoiding any data loss, you had better make a frequent Samsung backup. Learn here to get to know how to backup Samsung photos.

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December 16, 2020 10:25 / Posted by to Recover Android Data, Contact