What is the worst thing you can encounter when using your Android smartphone? I think many people may say that it should be the loss of your important contacts. Many causes would result in the contacts loss, for example, deleting the contacts by a little mis-operation, or just an unexpected crash of the operating system of your smartphone. Fortunately if you have a limited number of the contacts, you can save them on your SIM card and even though the smartphone suffered the crash of the operating system, all the contacts can still remain safe. However, the space of the SIM card is quite limited that it cannot save all the contacts under normal circumstances and the data loss still happens every now and then. So it is necessary for you to know how to protect your contacts, and more importantly, how to retrieve important contacts on Android phone after you’ve lost them for a variety of reasons.

How to protect the contacts on your Android smartphone

No method can be better than backing up your contacts now and then. And if you lost your contacts, you can recover them easily with the backup file. This method is also suitable to protect other types of your data.

How to retrieve the lost contacts without backup file

Unfortunately, many times before we can back up our cellphone, the data loss happens. But don’t be despaire, you still have chances to retrieve your lost contacts if you use proper method. As my recommendation, I think you should do this job by a professional data retrieve program so that you can get back your lost contacts at the most extent. In this case, Fonelab for Android must be the first choice for you. This Android data recovery can make all the whole thing easier. And below is the explicit tutorial.

Step 1: Download and install FoneLab for Android on computer.

Download this Android contact recovery tool below and then install it on your computer. It will cost you a little time. After that, double-click the shortcut on your desk to launch the Android contact recovery tool – FoneLab for Android. For the first time you may see a pop-up screen which suggests you to purchase for the program. If you just want to have a try, just click “Free Trial” so that you can proceed, although I also recommend you to buy it to enjoy the full service of the program.

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Step 2: Connect your Android phone to the computer

Using a USB cable to connect your smartphone to the computer. Then FoneLab for Android will identify it as quickly as possible.

Tips: You need to open the USB debugging on the phone firstly:

  • To Android 2.3 and earlier: Go to “Settings”->”Development”-> check “USB debugging”
  • To Android 3.0 to 4.1: Go to “Settings”-> click “Development options”->check “USB debugging”
  • To Android 4.2 & latter: Go to “Settings”->tap “Build number” for some times->go to “Settings” again-> “Development options”->tick off “USB debugging”

Step 3: Recover the lost contacts from the Android phone

After your device has been detected, just select “Contacts” and then click “Next”.


Firstly, Android contact recovery tool – FoneLab for Android will try to scan the storage of your cellphone, in order to find out all the existing deleted data. Then you can see the result in the interface with different colors. Just choose the contacts you want and then you can recover them under the help of Fonelab for Android directly with just one click. All you need to do is just as simple as what you’ve seen above.

Tips: If you are an iOS User, you can also recover iPhone lost contacts easily with iPhone Data Recovery.

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