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How to Restore Android Contacts Disappeared after Update

While most updates are meant to fix issues on your devices, some of those actually cause issues for you. Many users have complained about the Android update lost contact scenario. If you are in such a situation and have lost your contacts due to an Android update, the following guide should help you recover them on your device.

Let's check out a few ways to recover lost contacts on Android:.

Part 1: Methods to Recover Android Update Lost Contacts

Method 1: Recover Lost Contacts from Backup

Use this method if you had created a backup of your contacts before you updated your device and you lost your contacts. We will demonstrate how to restore contacts from a .vcf file you have stored on your device.

Launch the Contacts app on your device and tap on three-dots in the top-right corner and select Settings.

contacts settings

Scroll down on the following screen and tap on Import/export.

 import export contacts

On the following screen, you will be able to select where to restore the contacts from. Tap on Import from .vcf file.

import contacts

You will be asked where you would like to save the imported contacts. Choose an option by tapping on it.

You will be asked where you would like to save the imported contacts. Choose an option by tapping on it.

contacts destination

Method 2: Recover Lost Contacts without Backup

If you didn't create a backup before updating your device and you have lost all of your contacts, don't worry as all hope is not lost. There is a software called Tenorshare Android Data Recovery that helps users like you who have lost their contacts. It helps bring the lost contacts back on your device and the following steps show how:

Step 1: Download and launch the software on your computer. Connect your device to your computer using a suitable cable.

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Enable the USB debugging option on your device by following on-screen instructions. Make sure to follow the instructions that are for your version of Android.

After that, a prompt will appear on your device where you need to tap on Allow. Then, hit the Start button in the software to start scanning your device.

Here you can select what content to be recovered on your device. Select Contacts and click on the Next button to continue.

get superuser authority and start scanning

You can now preview your lost contacts. Select the Contacts you want to recover and click on Recover.

Wait for a few minutes and all of your erased contacts will be recovered to your device.

Part 2: Top 3 Android Contacts Backup Apps

If you don't like the stock backup feature to backup your contacts and you would prefer something from top third-party vendors, the following section will help you out. We present the 3 best Android contacts backup software for you to use.

1. Contact Backup

Contact Backup, as the name implies, is a contacts backup software for your Android device. With over a million downloads, it has become everyone's favorite tool to backup phone contacts. After installing the app, all you need to do is tap on the Backup option and it will backup all of your phone contacts.

The app is available at no cost on Google Play Store.

contact backup

2. Super Backup & Restore

Super Backup & Restore is yet another contacts backup app for Android devices. Not only does it help you backup contacts but it helps you backup other data as well on your Android device. With just a few taps in the app, you should be able to create a backup containing all of your phone contacts.

Restoring the contacts is as easy as backing them up. Fire-up the app and you will find the restore option.

The app can be obtained for free from Google Play Store.

super backup restore

MCBackup

MCBackup stands for My Contacts Backup that prepares a VCF file of all your phone contacts and emails it to you as an attachment. That way you have a copy of all of your contacts in your email and you can easily import it into any app and your contacts will be restored.

It supports offline backup and can be downloaded for free from Google Play Store.

mcbackup

Part 4: Conclusion

If you are facing the Android update lost contacts situation, you now have multiple ways to recover the lost contacts on your device as shown above. Even if you don't have a contacts backup, you can use a software like Tenorshare Android Data Recovery to recover your contacts.

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