Samsung Contacts Recovery:2 Ways to Recover Contacts from Samsung Phones

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Even if you use your Samsung smartphone or tablet with utmost care, you may still lose your contacts stored in it. There can be several reasons for this including:

Here you will learn the 2 most preferred and commonly used methods to recover deleted contacts back on your Samsung device.

Method 01: For Backup Users - Recover Samsung Contacts from Google Account


To use this method, you must meet one major precondition which is:

You must have already backed up your contacts with your Google account. In case there is no backup, you are out of luck and this method won't work.

Once you are sure that your Google account has all your contacts in it, you can follow the instructions given below to recover Samsung contacts:

  • 1.Power on your Samsung device.
  • 2.Open the Apps drawer.
  • 3.From the Apps window, tap Settings.


On the Settings window, from under the Personalization section, tap Accounts


Tap Google on the opened Accounts window.


On the Google window, tap your currently associated email address from under the Accounts section.


On the next window, tap to uncheck the check boxes to turn off synchronization.



From the top-right corner of the window, tap the More button represented by the three vertically aligned dots.

Tap Remove account from the displayed menu.


On the Remove account confirmation box, tap REMOVE ACCOUNT to confirm your action.


Back on the Accounts window, tap Add account.


On the Add account window, from the displayed options, tap Google.


On the Add your account window, tap inside the Enter your email field.


Type your email address and tap NEXT.


In the Password field on the next window, type your password and tap NEXT.


Tap ACCEPT from the bottom of the next window.


Wait until your information is being checked.


On the Google services window, check or uncheck the available checkbox as needed and tap NEXT.


On the Set up payment info window, choose your preferred payment option and tap CONTINUE.


Back on the Accounts window, tap Google.


On the Google window, tap your email address. (Notice that its current status is Syncing).


On the next window, wait until your contacts are synced and restored back to your Samsung device.



Close the window when done, and if needed, restart your Samsung smartphone/tablet.

Method 02: For Users with No Backup - Recover Samsung Contacts by Scanning directly

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How to Recover Contacts on Samsung Smartphone/Tablet

Download and install Dr.Fone - Android Data Recovery on your computer. Connect your Samsung device to your PC using its original data cable.

connect Samsung

If any other Samsung mobile manager launches automatically, close it and initialize Dr.Fone - Android Data Recovery in its place.Wait until Dr.Fone detects your Samsung device.

usb debug

Once done, on the next window, uncheck the Samsung Android Device checkbox. Check the Contacts checkbox and click Next.

choose type file

Now Dr.Fone analyzes and scans your Samsung device.

Note: Make sure that your Samsung device is rooted. If it isn't, Dr.Fone would attempt to root your device, and unroot it back once the recovery process is completed.

root android

analyzing device

On your Samsung phone/tablet, when prompted, grant the Super User permissions for Dr.Fone.

super permission

Wait until Dr.Fone scans for your lost contacts.

scan data

Once the scanning is complete, from the left pane, click to select the Contacts category.From the right pane, check the checkboxes representing the contacts that you want to recover.

Note: Only one contact was saved and deleted from the device for demonstration.

recover samsung contacts

Click Recover from the bottom-right corner of the window to recover the selected contacts to the default location on your PC..

Note: Optionally, you can also click the Browse button to select a different folder to recover your contacts to.

Where Do Contacts Exist on Your Samsung Device

All contacts on your Samsung or any other Android device are stored in a database file named "˜contacts'. This "˜contacts' database uses "˜.db' extension and therefore the full name of the file is "˜contacts.db'. The "˜contacts.db' file is present in the "˜data/data/' container.

Why Can Deleted Contacts Be Recovered

When you have already backed up your contacts on your Google account, a copy of contacts is stored there. If you lose your data, the copy of your contacts is restored back to your Samsung device as soon as your remove and then re-add your Google account to it.

On the other hand, if there is no backup on your Google account and the contacts are only stored in "˜contacts.db', since the database file is an object and is not physically removed from the device's storage when the contacts are deleted, when you use Wondershare Dr.Fone for Android, the program scans for the database file and re-adds its entry to the Android operating system. This enables you to view your contacts again.


Restoring your contacts from Google account can be a lengthy, hectic, and tedious process. On the other hand, using an efficient tool like Wondershare Dr.Fone for Android ensures that even if you don't have any backup for your contacts, they can still be recovered and restored back to your Samsung or any other Android device easily and quickly.

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