Our cell phones have become pretty much essential to our daily lives at this point. It is where we store most of our information, especially if we’re traveling. If you happen to be abroad and someone steals your phone or it goes missing, you could be in a heap of trouble — unless you know how to retrieve your contacts and other info from the device.
If you’ve been periodically backing up your phone, there are quite a few websites and third-party services that can recover your phone contacts — iPhone Backup Extractor, Syncios Data Recovery and iMyFone will all do the trick — but it’s going to cost you. Fortunately, if you are faced with this emergency, there are free ways to retrieve your information as well.
If you’ve lost your phone, we’re going to show you how to get your contacts back on the two largest mobile platforms, Android and Apple. Let’s start with Android:
How to retrieve your phone contacts from an Android phone
Back up your contacts: Google phones allow you to easily back up the contacts you have stored on your device or SIM card. In all cases, you can restore these contacts on a new phone.
The key to this is that your contacts must be saved to your Google Account. If that’s the case, once you sign into a new device your contacts will sync automatically. Of course, you can always turn auto-sync off or choose which apps you want to sync. Usually apps like Outlook or your Address Book may already be synced with your contacts if you have enabled those settings.
How to recover your phone contacts from an iPhone
Restore your contacts via iCloud: Go to iCloud.com and click on Restore Contacts under Advanced settings. You’ll be prompted to select an archive of contacts to restore. Once you select it, press Restore and it will be done.
You can also restore your contacts with Apple’s Find My iPhone feature, which we’ll discuss next.