How to Recover Deleted Contacts from SIM Card on Android
author Emily Watson
date Monday, July 19, 2021

Using a recovery application is the most convenient way to recover lost contacts. This article introduces recovery software for Android – FonePaw Android Data Recovery, which enables users to recover, extract and back up data on Android.

Double-check Your Contacts First

Contact is one of the most important parts of our phone and accidentally losing it can cause a lot of trouble. If you unfortunately encounter a situation where you cannot find all the contacts on your phone, do not panic. Double-check it first. See if it is because you accidentally pressed the wrong button or changed the setting that you should not change. If you are sure that you didn’t do anything wrong on your phone, reboot it, and see if your contacts are back. When you’ve rebooted your phone and find that your contacts are still MIA, check the following guidance.

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How to Recover Deleted Contacts from SIM Card

To recover deleted SIM card contacts on Android, using an Android data recovery application is the most convenient method. This article introduces an Android data recovery application - FonePaw Android Data Recovery. It enables users to recover Android contacts simply and effectively.

This data recovery application can find out deleted contacts from both the SIM card and phone memory on Android. It can recover names, phone numbers, email addresses of contacts from Android. It supports over 6000 Android phone models from Android 2.3 to Android 9.0, supporting various brands including Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Huawei, LG, Sony, Xiaomi…virtually all Android phone models are supported.

Note: You need to stop creating new contacts in case that new contacts may overwrite the deleted ones.

It takes only 4 steps to get your contacts from the SIM card.

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.

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

Detect Android Device

STEP 2. Choose Contacts Recovery

When the Android phone is recognized by the computer, you can choose the categories of the lost data that you want to recover. To recover deleted contacts on the 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. Follow the instruction to install the FonePaw app on the phone.

Install FonePaw App

After the app is installed, it will ask for your permission to access contacts on your phone, tap Allow and click Scan Authorized Files. Then the program will be able to find lost contacts from the SIM card.

Scan Contacts After Authorizing

STEP 4. Preview and Recover Contacts from Android SIM Card

After scanning, select Contacts, you can then view names, phone numbers, emails on the SIM card. If you can't find the deleted contacts in the results, click Deep Scan to search for the deleted contact items.

Preview Contacts in Standard Scan

After the deep scan is finished, 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 recovered 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 to Android devices on the computer. Moreover, it can transfer contacts, photos, etc. from Android to Android, Android to iPhone, and more.

Contacts on DoTrans

People Also Read: How to Recover Deleted Contacts from Android Phone Memory

How to Back up Contacts on Android

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

  1. Back up contacts on PC so that you can easily transfer your contacts to another phone when the SIM card is lost or the phone is broken. FonePaw Android Data Backup & Restore can help you create an encrypted or unencrypted backup of your contacts from SIM card and phone memory on a computer. It can also back up photos, videos, music, etc. on your phone.

Back up Android Contacts

  1. Sync contacts to your Gmail account so that you won't lose the contact information even if something goes wrong with your phone. Open Settings, make sure you have signed in to your Gmail account and the Contacts option is checked.

To sum up, this article introduces a convenient method to recover deleted contacts from SIM cards – using FonePaw Android Data Recovery. What’s more, phone users should always bear in mind that it is crucial to back up SIM card contacts, which can easily be achieved with the help of FonePaw Android Data Backup & Restore. Feel free to send us your user experience or suggestions for the software!

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