Lost important contacts on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone? There are many reasons you might lose mobile phone contacts, for example you may accidentally delete contacts, you may find the contacts disappeared after resetting your phone to factory settings. How can I get back the lost or deleted contacts on Samsung Galaxy phones like S6, S5, S4, S3? Do not get panic. You need a data recovery software. Here is the solution:
Important tips about contacts recovery Samsung phones
- 1. Do not use your phone or tablet for now. Because when a file is removed from your mobile, it may not be completely erased or deleted. With a proper Android data recovery tool, you will still be able to find it somewhere in your mobile storage. If you use the camera on Samsung mobile to take new photos, download apps, or else, these activities will add new files and data to your mobile phone, thus will overwrite those deleted files that existing in your mobile memory.
- 2. Install Android data recovery on a Windows computer other than your Samsung phone or Mac computers as this is a desktop software for PC.
- 3. The data recovery can scan your Samsung phones and devices to recover lost files from them.
How to Recover Deleted Contacts on Samsung Galaxy phones?
On the phone side, you will need to enable the USB debugging option. After that the mobile phone data recovery software can access your phone to scan its internal storage and SD card if any, then retrieve the lost data from phone to computer. You can put the recovered data back on to the phone after you have completed all the recovery steps.
Step 1. Turn on the USB debugging on Samsung Galaxy phone.
Go to “Settings” > Click “About Phone” > Tap “Build number” for seven times until getting a note “You are under developer mode” > Back to “Settings” > Click “Developer Options” > Check “USB debugging” to enable it. More details for USB debugging can be found from this link to enable USB debugging on various Android versions.
Step 2. Download Android phone data recovery
Install and run Samsung data recovery software on your computer. If you have not downloaded it yet, you can get it now. It is a desktop software for Windows computers, you can’t run it on your mobile phone.
Use your USB data cord to connect up your mobile phone and computer. The data recovery software can automatically detect your cellphone and establish a connection between the data recovery application and your Samsung phone.
Step 3. Analyze your mobile and scan for deleted contacts
The Android data recovery software will now analyze your Samsung phone. It will check your Android version, driver support, etc. Before you allow the Samsung data recovery program to scan your phone, you have the choice to select what kind of file you like to recover. This is optional, you can leave it to the default, so the data recovery utility will scan all your files and data on the phone. It is recommended to choose the specific file types you need, as this can narrow down search and save you a lot of time in scanning your Samsung phone, its internal storage and SD card. In this case, we are going to recover deleted contacts from Samsung mobile phone, so check the Contacts option only. See below screenshot.
★ ★ ★ Related Samsung phone data recovery tutorials:
If you like to recover other files from Samsung mobile phones, you can refer to this guide to recover deleted Text Messages from Samsung Galaxy, and this guide offers the complete instructions to recover photos and videos from Samsung galaxy phones. A wide variety of files and data types are supported by this phone recovery program for PC. Except the contacts, messages, photos and videos, it can recover some special data types, like call history, documents and WhatsApp chats, etc. By recovering call history from Samsung phone, you can find numbers that have not been saved in your contacts list on the phone. Recovering WhatsApp messages and attachments on Android phones helps you get back your lost conversations and files sent or received through WhatsApp.
Step 4. Recover deleted Contacts from Samsung mobile
It takes some time for the data recovery tool to finish scanning our device. This tool can search the lost files and data from your internal memory, and external storage. Once it is finished, you will get a screen like this.
The results will be grouped into different categories and you can open each category to locate, preview and recover any items or data to your computer and mobile phone. Click the Recover button to recover all Samsung phone contacts to computer. You can use the filter above to show only deleted contacts on Samsung phone. To recover specific contacts, you can right click on the contact and choose Recover highlighted option from the pop-up menu.
You can save deleted contacts from Android phone to your computer as printable VCF, CSV, or HTML file. You can choose to export contacts as .VCF file, so you can easily import VCF contacts to your Samsung Galaxy phone later. See this step-by-step guide to transfer VCF contacts to Android smartphones.