How to Recover Deleted Call Logs from Android Phones

By Emily Watson, Saturday, May 23, 2015

Recently, we have received many messages asking how to recover deleted call logs from Android phones.

"Fed up with massive data in my Samsung Galaxy 5 running Android 5.0, I was going to delete some files and speed up my phone. I thought call logs were useless and erased them without consideration. But the deleted call logs contained incoming numbers that had not been added to the contacts. How can I get them back?" – Betty

In this case, I strongly recommend FonePaw Android Data Recovery as this recovery tool is trusted by many users. Both intuitive interface and strong function are integrated into this software. It helps users recover deleted call logs on Android including name, phone, date, type with simple steps. All the exported call history is saved as HTML. 

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Simple Way to Recover Deleted Call Logs from Android

Step 1. Plug Android Phone to Windows

Run FonePaw Android Data Recovery. Next, plug Android phone to the computer using a USB cable. When the program is connecting the device, please wait.


Make sure your Android device can be detected by a computer, and the battery > 20%.

Connect and Detect Android Device on Your PC

Step 2. Initiative USB Debugging

After the connection, you need to initiative USB debugging so that the Android phone can be detected. Operations vary with different Android OS. For Samsung Galaxy 5 running Android 5.0, follow Note 3.

Note 1: For Android 4.2 or newer(Android 9.0):

1) Go to "Settings" >"About phone".
2) Tab "Build number" for 7 times till you see the pop up "You are under developer mode".
3) Go back to "Settings" >"Developer options" >"USB debugging".

Note 2: For Android 3.0 - 4.1:

1) Enter "Settings".
2) Choose "Developer options".
3) Press "USB debugging".

Note 3: For Android 2.3 or earlier:

1) Go to "Settings".
2) Select "Applications".
3) Select "Development".
4) Tap "USB debugging".

Initiative USB Debugging on Android Phone

Step 3. Choose Call History to Scan

All the file types are displayed on the window. Please choose "Call Logs" and then press the "Next" icon. It will enter the scanning process.

Choose Android Call Logs to Scan

Step 4. Allow the Software to Get Privilege

In this step, the program requires to get privilege to scan more deleted data. Go to Android phone. Click "Allow/Grant/Authorize" on the device and ensure that the request has been remembered forever.

Allow the Software to Get Privilege

Step 5. Preview and Retrieve Call Logs from Android Phone

When the following interface occurs, click "Call Logs" at the left side. You can preview the deleted and existing call history in details, including name, phone, date, type, and duration. Tick the contents you need and click "Recover". They will be exported in HTML formats.

Recover Deleted Call Logs from Android

"Thanks for FonePaw Android Data Recovery. I have successfully restored the deleted call logs from Android. Now I can add the new contact. Good job! I will introduce it to my friends who need to recover contacts, and messages," reviewed Betty.

You're welcome, Betty, it is always our pleasure to be of help. One more tip for Betty: don't forget to back up your Android phone from time to from so that you can always keep data safe.

Besides deleted call logs, it is also available to retrieve lost contacts and text messages. Deleted data of Android phones and tablets from Samsung Galaxy Note 8/S9/S9 Plus/S8/S7/S7 Edge/S6/S6 Edge, Sony Z3, Sony Xperia XZ1, LG G6/G5, HTC U11/10, OnePlus 3, Huawei P10/P9, ZTE Axon 7, Xiaomi etc.can be restored, too.

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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.


Thank you for providing feedback!

  • 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