Skip to main content
AT&T Community Forums
Don’t miss your chance to add AT&T Protect Advantage. Peace of mind, starting at $15 per month. Open enrollment ends 8/31. See all protection plans.



1 Message

Mon, Nov 4, 2019 7:58 PM

Accidentally deleted all my telephone contacts

I there a way to retrieve deleted contacts from the recycle bin and how do I do it


Brand User

Community Support


127.3K Messages

9 months ago

Hey there @LindaLG!


Allow us to assist. Currently, the only way to retrieve deleted contacts from your Android device is if your contacts were were routinely synced with your Google account.


To recover contacts on Android:

  1. Sign in to your Google Account and open Google Contacts.
  2. On the left side panel, choose More then select Undo changes.
  3. In the pop-up window, click Custom.
  4. Choose a time to go back to (undo changes from…). You can set any date before the deletion of your contacts from the phone.

Apart from this, there is no other way to retrieve a contact once it's deleted.


We hope you enjoy the rest of your day.


Lar, AT&T Community Specialist

Still need help? Ask a question! Our 1.4 million members typically respond within 1 hour.

*I am an AT&T employee, and the postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent AT&T's position, strategies or opinions.

ACE - Guru


501 Messages

9 months ago

Android does not have a "recycle bin".  There are some file manager apps that can have a "recycle bin" like feature, but you have to have used the app to do the deleting in the first place.  Contacts are not managed from any file manager.  So, the idea of retrieving deleted files is not the same for contacts. 


Files do take specific space in the file system, and when deleted, that space is simply marked as writable for new data.  Recovery software can find those flagged areas and re-build the file if it hadn't been overwritten yet.


Contact information is a different thing.  Contacts are not stored as individual files.  They are all held in one database file (usually in SQL-like format) buried in the file structure of the android system and not usually directly accessible.  You need root access to even get to it.  Deleting a contact deletes that entry and related information in the bigger data base file.  I don't know of any way to retrieve that unless there is an "undo" function in the contact app itself.  And I've never seen one.

- Joel
Award for Community Excellence 2019 Achiever*
*I am not an AT&T employee, and the views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.

New Member


13 Messages

a month ago

There are ways to recover accidentally deleted contacts from phone. Though there can be several reasons for lost telephone contacts but nothing to worry.

Here are few methods to recover lost Android contacts:


Method 1: Get back contacts from Gmail

Step 1: First, log in to your Google account by visiting Google Contacts

Step 2: Now on the left panel, tap on the “More” option

Step 3: Here choose “Undo changes” and a window popups

Step 4: Then the select time and tap on “Confirm

Step 5: After that, click on “Google” or Accounts > Google

Step 6: At last, click on “Restore contacts” and recover lost contacts on Android


Method 2: Use a powerful recovery software


There are many software available that can help you to retrieve lost contacts from Android. Android Contacts Recovery is the best tool that works effectively to restore contacts from Android without backup. This is easy to use and all your contacts will be recovered.

Get started...

Ask a new question