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

If your contacts on Samsung Galaxy S23 are deleted accidentally or lost after factory reset, just read this post to help you recover the deleted or lost contacts on Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra/S22/A54/S9/S8/S7 Edge/S7/S6/S6 Edge/S5/S4/S3, Note 8/7/5/4/3/3, etc., and whether you get backup or not.

Lately, I clear my Samsung Galaxy S22 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 recover contacts on Samsung by following the steps as below.

Samsung Contact Recovery

Part 1. Recover Deleted Contacts Directly from Samsung Without Backup

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. Aiseesoft Android Data Recovery is the exact tool. As the best Android data recovery software, it helps you restore your deleted or lost contacts from Samsung devices easily and quickly. Apart from retrieving contacts on Samsung, you also can use it to get your any lost data back, including audio, music, videos, photos, documents, text messages, call logs, etc. Besides, it enables you to back up your Samsung data just in case.

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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.

Connect Android
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.

Debug USB
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.

Scan Contacts

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 Contacts

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.
Broken Android Data Recovery
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.
Select Phone Model
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
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.

Extract Data From Broken Phone

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

Part 2. Get Lost Contacts Back on Samsung from Backup

Situation 1. 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.

Step 1:
Go to Settings and tap Samsung account, and then select the Samsung Cloud option.
Samsung Account
Step 2:
Next, you can select the Restore data option to choose your device and contacts.
Step 3:
After that, you can tap the Restore button to recover contacts from Samsung.
Recover Samsung Cloud Contacts

Solution 2. 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:
On your Samsung device, enter Settings and go to the Google screen.
Step 2:
Then you should select Set up and restore and tap the Restore Contacts option.
Step 3:
Finally, select the device and tap the Restore button to retrieve your contacts on Samsung.
Restore Contacts Google

If you prefer to export contacts from your Google account, you can follow these steps:

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.
Export Google Contacts
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 > 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.

Solution 3. Retrieve contacts on Samsung with Smart Switch

If you backed up Samsung contacts to your Windows or Mac computer before, you can use Smart Switch to restore deleted or lost contacts.

Step 1:
Go to the official website of Samsung to download and install Smart Switch on your computer.
Step 2:
Next, launch this program and connect your Samsung device to the computer with USB. Select the Restore option and wait for the program to find all backup on your computer automatically.
Step 3:
Then, click the Manually select file button choose the device and contacts backup you want to recover.
Restore Contacts Smart Switch
Step 4:
Lastly, click the Restore button to recover contacts on Samsung.

Part 3. FAQs about Samsung Contacts Recovery

Why did I lose my contacts on my Samsung?

If you enable the Automatically back up & sync device contacts on your Samsung, your contacts on the device will be moved to your Google Account automatically. Hence, some contacts may disappear if your contacts are shown by phone instead of All Contacts.

Where did all my contacts go?

If you configured settings mistakenly, some of your contacts disappear may because you only set your contacts to display from the SIM card.

Why did my phone erase my contacts?

Your Android phone erased your contacts may because the Contacts app is configured incorrectly, the Android software upgrading has glitch, etc.


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 contacts on Samsung, 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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