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    How to restore contacts deleted from Google

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    We backup data such as contacts to Google because we trust them. Even if something goes wrong with our phone, at least the contacts are safe in the Google cloud. Unfortunately, at times, Google also breaks our hearts by deleting data. Did it happen to you too? Missing contacts from your phone? Find out how to restore Google deleted contacts on Android and iPhone.

    Sometimes, we accidentally delete contacts from our phones. Other times, we forget that removing contacts from one device will remove it from all connected devices. In many cases, due to incorrect synchronization, contacts are also deleted. Whatever the reason your contacts went missing, here's how to recover deleted Google contacts.

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    Check if the Contacts have really been deleted

    Before trying to restore phone contacts, make sure they have been deleted. This is because Android phones allow you to customize the contacts to be displayed on your phone. You may have accidentally hidden your contacts.

    • To check this, open the default Contacts app on your phone. Tap the three-dot icon at the top (or tap the three-bar icon on the left side) and select Settings. Go to the “Contacts to view” option. Select All contacts.

    I steps may vary depending on the Contacts app. You need to look for the Contacts to View setting. If the numbers in the address book have really been deleted, let's see how to recover the phone numbers deleted by Google.

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    How to recover deleted phone numbers

    For this, you'll need to use a native feature in Google Contacts known as Undo Changes. As the name suggests, it will undo all changes made to contacts.

    When you use it, you will be asked to select the period from which you want to undo the changes. You can select from 10 minutes to 30 days. Now all changes made to the contact list since the selected date will be cleared. That is, if the contacts have been deleted, they will go back to where they were again. But it also means that if you have added a new contact in that period, it will be deleted. So, be careful and backup your existing contacts before doing this.

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    How to restore deleted Google contacts on computer

    For that, follow these steps:

    • Open on your PC and log into your Google account from which you want to restore contacts.
    • Click the settings icon at the top. Select Undo Changes from it.
    • You will be asked to select the time from which you want to undo changes for your contacts. For example, if your contacts were deleted an hour ago, select 1 hour ago. You can also select a custom duration limited to 30 days. Click Confirm.
    • Please wait some time. Then, look for the deleted contacts.

    How to restore deleted Google contacts on Android

    If you are using a stock Android phone, you will find the Google Contacts app installed on your phone. You need to use it for deleted contact recovery as shown below. If you don't have the Google Contacts app, go to the next section.

    1. Open the Google Contacts app and tap the three-bar icon at the top.
    2. Select Settings from the menu.
    3. Scroll down and tap Undo changes. If multiple Google accounts are added to your phone, select the account for which you want to restore contacts.
    4. Select the time to discard the changes and tap Confirm.
    5. Please wait 2-3 minutes for Google to process your data.

    Recover deleted Android / iPhone contacts without Google Contacts app

    If you have an iPhone or phone with a custom Android skin like Samsung or Mi, you need to use the Google Contacts mobile site. This method will only work if you have synced your contacts with Google. If you use other cloud services like Samsung Cloud, the steps will not work. Follow these steps to recover Google contacts:

    • Open on your phone browser.
    • Tap the settings icon at the top and select Undo changes. Select the time and tap Confirm.

    Conditions necessary to recover deleted phone numbers

    If you are unable to recover deleted Google contacts, there could be two reasons.

    The contacts should be in Google Contacts

    You will only be able to restore contacts that were present or synced with Google Contacts. If the contacts have been saved on the SIM or phone, those contacts will not return by undoing the changes in Google Contacts.

    30 day time limit

    As mentioned above, you can only recover deleted contacts for up to 30 days. If the contacts have been previously deleted, they cannot be recovered.

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    To conclude

    We hope you were able to recover the missing or deleted contacts in Gmail and Google Contacts. To stay safe in the future, you should find out what caused the contacts to disappear. Check the contact permissions given to recently installed third-party apps. Also, take a look at the battery saving settings. It may interfere with syncing your contacts.

    Further Reading:

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