How to Recover Deleted Contacts from Android SIM Card

By Emily Watson, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Problem: "Two days ago, my Sony Xperia Z5 got shut down due to no charging. When I restarted it, all the contacts stored in SIM card were gone. I need to recover deleted contacts from Android SIM card without a backup".

Solution: Usually, contacts and texts messages on an Android phone are stored on a SIM card. When you lost contacts or accidentally deleted contacts from SIM card, you can perform SD card contacts recovery with FonePaw Android Data Recovery.

This program can help you retrieve lost phone numbers from SIM card in simple steps. It can recover names, phone number, email address of contacts from Android. It supports SIM card number recovery on Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Tab, Google Nexus, LG, HTC, Sony, Motorola, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.


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STEP 1. Connect Android Phone to PC

Launch FonePaw Android Data Recovery on a computer and connect your Android phone to the computer with a USB cable.


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

Connect and Detect Your Android Phone on PC

STEP 2. Choose Contacts Recovery

When the Android phone is recognized by the computer, you are able to choose the categories of the lost data that you want to recover. To recover deleted contacts on SIM card,  select  "Contacts" and click 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 deleted phone numbers and others from your Android SIM card. Tap "Allow/Grant/Authorize" when there is request popping up on your phone. Then the program will be able to find lost contacts from the SIM card.

Allow FonePaw Program to Scan Contacts of Android

STEP 4. Preview and Retrieve Contacts from Android SIM Card

After scanning, the program will display all deleted contacts on the SIM card. Select "Contacts", you can then view names, phone numbers, emails on the SIM card. 

Select the phone number you want to restore, click "Recover" to get the lost contacts back.

Preview and Recover Contacts from Android SIM Card

All the retrieved contacts will be stored on your computer as VCF/HTML. You can import the VCF files to your Android SIM card via Gmail, Outlook, or FonePaw DoTrans, a program that can directly add contacts on the computer to Android devices. Moreover, it can transfer contacts, photos, etc. from Android to Android, Android to iPhone and more. 

Contacts on DoTrans

If you worry about losing contacts on SIM card again, it is a good idea to sync the contacts to internal memory, SD card, another phone, etc.

  • Open Contacts app on your phone.

  • Tap Menu > Import/Export > Export to internal storage.

Export Contacts from SIM Card

About SIM Card

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 while 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. 

SIM Card

So where should we save contacts: SIM card or phone memory? 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. 

Also, whether you save contacts on phone internal memory or SD card,  you should always back up important contacts on your phone. You have two options. 

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