Here’s how to restore lost contacts on Android

Your contact list is a very important piece of information on your smartphone. However, it is possible that you could lose your contacts. Maybe one day you accidentally deleted a contact from your device. Or you reset your phone and all your contacts were deleted. Perhaps you put a new SIM card in your phone. You can restore lost contacts on your Android smartphone. It’s simple.

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Here are a few things you need to know about restoring lost contacts:

  1. Your contacts might still be on the phone, but you can’t see them.

    To find them, open your contacts list, tap on the menu button, tap on Settings, then open Contacts to Display. You will see a list of the contacts your phone is set to display. Tap on All Contacts and al your contacts will show, including the hidden ones.

  2. You can restore lost contacts through your Gmail Account if you synced your device with it.

    To do this, log in to your Gmail account with a PC. Find a drop-down menu on the top left-hand side of the screen called Mail. Click on it and select Contacts. Under your search bar, there is a drop-down menu, called More. Click on this and select Restore Contacts. You will be prompted to specify the time to restore to. You can restore for up to 30 days. Note that if you added any contacts after that time, those contacts will be lost. Once yo are done, re-sync your device.

You can make sure that you don’t lose your contacts by backing them up on Google. Sign in with your Google account on your smartphone. Go to Settings and scroll down to Backup and Reset. You should see your account underneath the Backup Account setting. There you can adjust the settings so you don’t have to lose your contacts again.

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2 comments

  1. Just recently, I lost about 95% of my contacts despite having such synced with my Gmail account. It’s been an unpleasant experience since then as I have to ask people for their numbers all over again. So as not to have such touchy stories again, I now have more than just a Gmail backup.

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