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How to Recover Deleted Call Logs from Android Phones

By Emily Watson, Friday, March 30, 2018

Call history is something we tend to ignore on the phone. You might regularly back up photos, videos, contacts, messages but hardly bother to make a copy of the call logs.  So when you urgently need to recover deleted call logs on Android, you may be stumped.

This post is going to help you troubleshoot the call history recovery issue. It is possible to retrieve deleted phone calls from any Android phone even though there is no backup. The method on the post can retrieve deleted call log on Samsung, Google Pixel, Nexus, HTC, LG, Huawei, Xiaomi and more.

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How Does Deleted Call History Recovery Work?

Even though the call log history have been deleted and you can't find them in Recent Calls on the phone, the call logs actually continue to exist somewhere on your phone memory and SIM card. What you need to is:

  • A computer;

  • An Android call log recovery program to retrieve the deleted call logs as soon as possible. We have to act fast as the deleted call logs can be overwritten by new data in any minute. 

Tip: You may want to avoid data recovery app to recover call logs, contacts, messages without computer. Because the installation of the app on your phone could overwrite the deleted data and make them unrecoverable.

FonePaw Android Data Recovery have helped many users to recover deleted call logs in Android. By running this call history recovery tool, you can see the deleted phone calls on Android, retrieve deleted phone number from call logs and export the whole call history in HTML file. It provides all details of a phone call, including caller & receipient, phone number, date, duration. 

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Steps to Recover Deleted Call Logs from Android

STEP 1. Plug Android Phone to Windows

Run the call history recovery program. Next, plug Android phone to the computer using a USB cable. 

Tips: Make sure your Android device can be detected by a computer, and there is more than 20% battery left on your phone.

Connect and Detect Android Device on Your PC

STEP 2. Enable USB Debugging

You need to open USB debugging for the program to work. Here is how to enable USB debugging on devices running on different Android OS.

Android 4.2 or newer (Android 9.0): Go to "Settings" >"About phone". Tab "Build number" for 7 times till you see the pop up "You are under developer mode". Go back to "Settings" >"Developer options" >"USB debugging".

Android 3.0 - 4.1: Enter "Settings". Choose "Developer options". Press "USB debugging".

For Android 2.3 or earlier: Go to "Settings".  Select "Applications". Select "Development". Tap "USB debugging".

Initiative USB Debugging on Android Phone

STEP 3. Choose to Scan Deleted Call History

The program will display all file types that it can recover. It can recover deleted call logs, text messages, WhatsApp messages, contacts and more.

To recover only phone calls, choose "Call Logs" and then press the "Next" icon. 

Choose Android Call Logs to Scan

STEP 4. Allow the Software to Access Deleted Data

In this step, the program requires to get privilege to scan deleted call history from the Android phone. Open Android phone and Click "Allow/Grant/Authorize" if there is a pop-up window asking for your permission.

Allow the Software to Get Privilege

STEP 5. Retrieve Call Logs from Android Phone

After getting all call history from Android phone, the program will dispaly it chronologically. Click "Call Logs" at the left side to view the deleted and existing call history in details, including name, phone number, date, type, and duration.

Tick the call logs that you need and click "Recover". They will be exported to your PC in HTML formats. Thus you have done the deleted call logs recovery.

Recover Deleted Call Logs from Android

One more tip: don't forget to back up your Android phone from time to time so that you can always recover the data if they are mistakenly deleted.

Besides deleted call logs, FonePaw Android Data Recovery can also retrieve lost contacts and text messages from Samsung Galaxy Note 8/S9/S9 Plus/S8, Sony Xperia XZ, LG G6/G5, HTC U11/10, OnePlus 3, Huawei P10/P9 and more.


Fun Facts: How Many Call logs Can You Have On A Cell Phone

On most Android smartphones, the call log limit is set to 500 records, including incoming, outgoing and missed calls. Most of us find the number satisfactory. But for those who need to keep a longer record of call history or track back the earlier record, the 500 limit could be a problem. And thanks to the developers who pay attention to the need of the minority, it is possible using 3rd party apps to store unlimited call history on your phone, for example, apps like Unlimited Call Log, BearContact.

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  • rishabhmutha

    does it require internet connection after downloading the application?

    2015-05-24 04:12

  • FonePaw

    Hi friend, It needn't to connect Internet when using FonePaw Android Data Recovery.

    2015-05-24 04:12

  • disqus_5GxgFeF2OB

    I have formatted my phone... can it recover call logs then also.?.. anď also does all this requires root?

    2015-05-24 04:12

  • disqus_3MP0eS6UeM

    phone will be re started several times but not recover

    2015-05-24 04:12