How to Recover Deleted Phone Numbers On Android (2024)

Here’re some workable solutions to retrieve deleted contact numbers on Android smartphones!

How to Recover Deleted Phone Numbers On Android (2024)
Blog Summary: Contacts keep everyone connected. But communication can get disrupted when you accidentally delete or lose some phone numbers from your device. Well, this blog post is in line with one of the most frequently asked questions from our readers – “Can I recover deleted contacts on Android?” Well, the answer is Yes, and, in this guide, we’ll discuss the most effective methods to easily restore your missing contacts from an Android smartphone!

Losing an important contact number can be a nightmare. Especially, when it’s from your work!

Whether you’ve accidentally deleted a contact or lost them due to a sudden phone crash, factory reset, or virus attack, you simply don’t need to fret! We have listed several workable methods to help you restore deleted phone numbers from Android. You could either use a third-party application, Recycle bin, or Google Account to successfully restore contact information.

Let’s learn how these methods work in detail:

In case you missed it, we’ve previously covered a detailed guide on How To Recover Deleted Call Recordings On Android. Do check it out & share your suggestions!

How To Get Back Deleted Contacts On Android Phone? (Tried & Tested Solutions)

Follow these straightforward workarounds in the stated sequence shared below to quickly rescue   deleted/missing/lost Android phone numbers.

1. Check Your Call History

This is probably one of the most convenient ways to get back accidentally deleted contacts from your smartphone. Simply, try looking for the missing phone number under the “Call History” section.

If you’ve ever called a specific contact in the past, it will be present under this list. Though, it will not have the contact’s name, so, you may not exactly remember the details by just looking at the number. Hence, try to remember when was the last time you talked to that person so that you can make the correlation between the number and identity.

2. Use A Caller-Identification App

If you are still not able to find the deleted phone number on Android, we recommend using a reliable caller-identification app like Truecaller or Whoscall. These apps work like a phone directory and will help you quickly find the unknown numbers in your call history.

Not only contact names, these apps also provide some additional information like email address, phone carrier, and location. If you’re lucky, you might even see a profile picture. This way you will be able to get back information on deleted contacts.

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You might want to read: Best Apps To Track A Cell Phone Location by Number

3. Use Your Default Contacts App

If you’re having a bit of hard luck finding the deleted phone numbers, we advise you to check your Contacts’ Recycle Bin. The folder stores all your deleted contact information. Most of the Android models have this built-in Trash items/Recycle Bin folder, where deleted items are stored for at least 30 days. After this duration, everything gets automatically deleted.

To find and recover deleted contacts from Recycle Bin, this is what you need to do:

STEP 1 = Open the Contacts App on your Android phone and navigate to the Hamburger icon, located at the top-right corner of the screen.

STEP 2 = Locate the “Trash” folder and see if there are any deleted contact numbers.

STEP 3 = Once you find it, simply select the phone numbers you wish to get back and hit the “Restore/Recover” button.

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This way, you will successfully retrieve deleted contacts from your Android smartphone!

4. Restore Your Google Account Contacts Backup

If you’re checking for the deleted contacts from Recycle Bin after 30 days, chances are they’re probably gone. If you’ve ever enabled the backup feature in the past, you can easily restore them via Google Account Contacts Backup. This is all you need to do:

STEP 1: Launch Android phone settings and go to the Google option.

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STEP 2: Locate and tap on the “Set up & restore” button.

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STEP 3: At this point, you need to hit the “Restore Contacts” option. As soon as you the backup file, tap on the “Restore” button below it.

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That’s it! You have successfully completed the “deleted contacts recovery” and all your backed-up contact information should be restored to your device.

5. Use The Google Contacts Website

This method is for those who don’t have their Android devices handy. In such scenarios, recovering deleted contacts can be tricky, but not impossible. You just need to navigate to the Google Contacts website on your PC, Mac or Chromebook and restore all the deleted Android phone numbers in no time.

Note: This workaround will only work if your smartphone regularly syncs your contacts with your Google account. Also, you will only be able to retrieve those contact numbers which have been deleted in the last 30 days.

If both conditions are met, you’re all set to restore missing phone numbers on Android:

STEP 1: Head towards the Google Contacts Website using any device & sign in using your Google account. (It should be the same credentials which you use on your Android.)

STEP 2: After signing up, navigate to the Bin or Trash section from the left-side panel.


 STEP 3: Now, select the contacts you want to successfully recover and hit the Recover button.

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That’s it! All the restored contacts will appear in your Google contacts list. If it doesn’t appear, you can check your sync settings under the Android settings to ensure everything is syncing properly. If the problem persists, we advise you to manually re-add the contact to your smartphone by looking at the number from the Trash bin.

Additional Information = When you tinker with syncing settings, there are chances that your phonebook may have duplicate contact entries. If there are 2 or 4 clone contacts, you can easily remove them. But if there are a lot, we recommend using the Duplicate Contacts Fixer.

It’s an excellent Android/iPhone contact management application. It uses a powerful scanning engine that helps users to find and clean duplicate and similar contacts easily. It even creates a backup of all contacts before scanning for duplicates, so that no important phone numbers get deleted. The app gives an organized Address book and it scans different accounts for duplicate contacts. To learn more about the app, click here!

Must Read: How to Import / Export Phone Contacts on Google Account

6. Take Help Of Third-Party Contacts Recovery App (Expert’s Recommendation)

Using a professional ‘deleted contacts recovery’ app is extremely useful when it comes to recovering lost/deleted/missing phone numbers on Android. We recommend using Dr. Fone by Wondershare for this purpose. It’s a powerful Android smartphone and tablet recovery software. Once it completes the scanning process, you can preview and selectively recover the data you wish to get back.

Dr. Fone supports a variety of file types and formats, such as contacts, photos, videos, audio files, documents, messages, WhatsApp media, and more. You can use the file recovery application on your PC or Mac and can help you recover data from more than 6000+ Android models.

So, without further ado, let’s learn the process of recovering deleted contacts on Android:

STEP 1: Install, launch, and set up the software to perform ‘deleted contacts recovery’ on your PC.

STEP 2: Connect your Android device to your computer via a USB cable & enable the USB Debugging option on your smartphone.

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To enable USB Debugging – Open Settings > System > Scroll & tap on the ‘About Phone’ option > Find & hit the ‘Build Number’ at least 7 times > Return to the previous screen & you should see “Developer options” now > Enable the USB Debugging option.

STEP 3: On the main screen of Dr. Fine, simply choose the “Contacts” option and hit the “Next” button. The contacts recovery app should effectively scan your device for all the stored data.

STEP 4: Now, the software will ask you to select the file type you wish to restore. Locate and check the box next to “Contacts” > hit the “Next” button.

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STEP 5: Select the desired scanning mode from Standard and Advanced. It is highly recommended to choose the “Scan for deleted files” option under the Standard Mode to get accurate results. Hit the “Next” button to proceed!

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STEP 6: You can either wait for the whole scanning process to get completed or if you find those missing/deleted/lost contacts in the middle of the scan process, simply hit the “Pause” button. Now, hit the “Recover” button, located at the bottom of the screen to complete the ‘deleted contacts recovery’ process.

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You might want to read: How to Retrieve Deleted Voicemail on Android

Were You Able To Retrieve Deleted Numbers On Android Phone?

Hopefully, our detailed guide with multiple methods helped you to get back deleted/missing/lost contacts in no time. We took the help of a professional contacts recovery tool to locate all the accidentally removed phone numbers. If you know any other workaround to rescue your Android contact details, do share your suggestions in the comments section below!

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