How to Recover Deleted Contacts from Android SIM Card

By Emily Watson, Monday, June 01, 2015

Two days ago, my Sony Xperia Z5 got shutdown due to no charging. When I restarted it, all the contacts stored in SIM card were gone. I searched on Google and found a quite simple way to recover deleted contacts from Android SIM card even without a backup. Many of you may have run into similar situation and attempted solving it. Well, that's why I am here.

The key is FonePaw Android Data Recovery. This advanced program can help you restore your lost phone numbers which are stored in the SIM card with one click and no risks. You can recover your deleted contacts of your parents, children, school mates, old friends, business partner, and so forth. Moreover, you can preview them before recovery and then recover SIM card contacts from Android, including Samsung S8/S8 Plus.

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Compatible with:

OS: Android 2.1 - 9.0

Android devices: Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Tab, Google Nexus, LG, HTC, Sony, Motorola, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.


No damages on the Android SIM card.

No more use of your Android phone after the data loss.

Recover SIM Card Contacts from Android Device

Step 1. Connect Android Phone to PC

First and the foremost, launch FonePaw Android Data Recovery. Just feel free to run it. The program is 100% clean with no info leaks or virus hacking. Then bridge your Android phone to the computer with a USB cable that came with it.


To get your Android phone detected by the computer, ensure that you have enabled the USB debugging.

Connect and Detect Your Android Phone on PC

Step 2. Select Contacts to Scan

If the Android phone is recognized by the computer, you will get a prompt asking you to choose your wanted files to scan. Choose "Contacts" among the list and then the "Next" button.

Select Android Contacts to Scan

Step 3. Allow the Program to Scan Contacts on Android SIM Card

The program needs permission to scan data from your Android SIM card. Tap "Allow/Grant/Authorize". Then the program can access your Android SIM card.

Allow FonePaw Program to Scan Contacts of Android

Step 4. Preview and Retrieve Contacts from Android SIM Card

After scanning data in your Android phone, the program will list all the items on the left pane.Choose "Contacts" you are intended to restore and preview them in details on the computer. You can have an overview of the contacts in your Android SIM card including names, phone numbers, emails, and so forth. After that, you can select the ones you need and click "Recover" to get lost contacts back.

Preview and Recover Contacts from Android SIM Card

Now you have already recover lost deleted contacts from SIM card. All the retrieved contacts will be stored on your computer as VCF/HTML. You can import the VCF files to your Android via Gmail and Outlook.
To prevent from permanent loss, you can sync the contacts to internal memory, SD card, another phone, etc. following the command line:

Contacts > Menu > Import/Export > Export to USIM Card / Export to storage / Export to other phones > OK.

If you have other useful tips on restoring contacts from Android, please leave them below and share with us.

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Where Should We Save Contacts: Sim Card or Phone Memory?

GSM phones need SIM cards to tap into any mobile network. And many users might store their phone contacts on SIM card. However,the SIM card has limited storage space. The 32K SIM card can save about 250 contacts where as 64K SIM card can hold data for up to 500 contacts, and the 128K SIM card contains information for up to 600 contacts or more.
It is suggested that you should store your contacts on phone memory, in which way you can store more contacts and more information on each contact. When saving contacts on phone internal memory or SD card, you can sync contacts to Gmail account so that you won't lose the contacts information even if something go wrong with your phone.


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