How to Recover Deleted Contacts from Galaxy

By Gina Barrow, Last updated: August 26, 2019

“I don’t know what I did but I need to recover deleted contacts from my Galaxy.This is the first time I started using a Samsung Galaxy S8 phone so I was playing along trying to figure out how to navigate this device but I think I have deleted some important contacts.”

Part 1. 3 Tops Way to Backup Contacts from GalaxyPart 2. Recover Contacts from Galaxy Using Samsung Contact Recovery ToolPart 3. How to Restore Deleted Contacts from Galaxy Using the Samsung AccountVideo Guide: How to Retrieve Deleted Contacts on Samsung GalaxyPart 4. Summary

Part 1. 3 Tops Way to Backup Contacts from Galaxy

Before you surf along and figure out your new Samsung Galaxy S8 phone, make sure you are well familiar with the backup and restore functionalities of the device to avoid risks of data loss. Although Android is very easy and user-friendly, some of its features can be confusing if it is the first time you switch over. Below are some of the few tips and tricks you can do to ensure all contents are safe.

Backup Contacts to Google

  • From the Home screen, open the Apps tray
  • Tap ‘Settings’
  • Tap ‘Cloud and accounts’
  • Tap ‘Accounts’
  • Tap the account you would like to sync
  • Tap the 3 dot icon or the menu key
  • Tap ‘Sync now’

Backup Contacts to Google
Backup Contacts to Google

Backup Contacts to SD Card

  • From the Home screen, open the Apps tray
  • Tap ‘Contacts’
  • Tap menu key and tap ‘Settings’
  • Tap Contacts to display then tap ‘All contacts’
  • Tap ‘Import / Export contacts’
  • Tap ‘Export to SD card’
  • Tap ‘OK’ to confirm export
  • A confirmation message appears regarding the contact export

Backup Contacts to SD Card
Backup Contacts to SD Card

Restore Contacts from SD Card

  • From the Home screen, open the Apps tray
  • Tap Contacts
  • Tap the menu key then tap ‘Settings’
  • Tap ‘Contacts to display’ and then tap ‘All contacts’
  • Tap ‘Import / Export contacts’
  • Tap ‘Import from SD card’
  • Tap ‘OK’ to confirm export

Tips: The Restore from Google is done automatically when you sign in to the same Google Account.

Recover Contacts to SD Card
Recover Contacts to SD Card

Now that you are aware of how to backup and sync your contacts, let us discuss how to recover deleted contacts from Galaxy phone without the backups.

Part 2. Recover Contacts from Galaxy Using Samsung Contact Recovery Tool

FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery is the professional program to use in case of data loss without backups. It has helped millions of Android users worldwide recover their lost or deleted files such as Samsung account contacts, call history, messages, documents, photos, and more. FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery has 100% security and guaranteed effective.

To learn how this program works, follow the simple guides below:

Step1: Launch FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery and Connect the Galaxy Phone with USB Debugging Enabled

On your computer, download and install the program successfully. When you have completed the installation, launch the program and connect the Galaxy phone using a USB cable.

Make sure you have already enabled the USB debugging on the Galaxy to allow a stable connection between the computer and the mobile phone.

To enable USB debugging on Android 4.2 and above, go to Settings>tap About Phone> Tap Build Number 7 times or a message pops up ‘You are under developer mode’>go back to Settings> and then find and tap Developer Options> tap to enable USB Debugging> Click OK to confirm. You may need to click OK on the computer screen to proceed to the next steps.

Enable USB Debugging

Enable USB Debugging--Step1

Step2: Choose Contacts File Category to Scan

FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery will now ask you to select the file types you need to recover. Choose ‘Contacts’ and then click on ‘Next’ to continue.

Choose Files to Scan

Choose Files to Scan--Step2

Step3: Scan, Preview, and Recover Contacts

FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery will now scan the entire Galaxy device. This process will take a while depending on the total file size on the phone.

The scan progress is also displayed on the screen to notify you of its status. When the scanning stops, all the recovered files will be displayed on the left side of the program screen wherein you can preview them one by one on the right side.

From here you can selectively recover deleted contacts from Galaxy or you can choose to recover all of them. Create a new folder on the computer to save the contacts.

Recover Contacts

Recover Contacts--Step3

Data recovery has never been easy when you use FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery.

Part 3. How to Restore Deleted Contacts from Galaxy Using the Samsung Account

In line with the aim to lessen data loss, Samsung account backup contacts were developed to help users backup their files and all Samsung account contacts in one place. It works similar to iCloud in iOS but better; the only downside though is this option is not yet available to all countries worldwide. However, Samsung account lets you can backup contacts, apps, app settings, calendars, bookmarks, S notes, and more.

Backup to Samsung Account

  • Open Apps and tap Settings
  • Tap Accounts
  • Tap Samsung Account (If you have not yet registered then tap Add account, follow onscreen guides)
  • Tap Backup
Backup Contacts to Samsung Account

Backup Contacts to Samsung Account

Samsung account contacts recovery using the Samsung account. Follow these steps:

Restore Contacts from Samsung Account

  • Open Settings from the Apps tray
  • Go to Accounts
  • Tap Samsung Account
  • Tap Restore
  • Tap OK when the Restore Data screen appears
Retrieve Contacts from Samsung Account

Retrieve Contacts from Samsung Account

However, this will erase the all the data from the device in order to for he Samsung account backup restore content. Make sure you have the latest backup on the phone prior to doing this method.

Video Guide: How to Retrieve Deleted Contacts on Samsung Galaxy

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Part 4. Summary

There are a lot of ways to restore contacts from Samsung account devices, however; the only thing you fear about is further data loss. This is because when you restore from backups, you might need to erase the existing data and contents from the phone which is another hassle when you forgot to take the most recent backup.

This is why FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery was developed to cater the needs of users who lost or deleted certain important files but can recover them anytime without the risk of further data loss. This program takes care of your data safely and is compatible with over 6000+ Android devices especially the Galaxy S8.

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Gina Barrow

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Kitchen, my safe space; black, my favorite color

Was a Technical Specialist for a while, troubleshooting Smartphone and Software-related issues until a writing stint caught my attention.

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