As the world is getting smaller and smaller in terms of communication ease, people are more connected to friends, family members, acquaintances and business partners than ever before. And the key to this seamless correspondence lies in the “contacts” section of a smartphone or device.
So what happens when you scan your contact lists for redundant entries and you’ve accidentally end up trashing vital names and numbers? The whole world seems to come crashing down.
Since Android devices play such an important role in our day-to-day lives, we must either learn to back up critical contact data on a regular basis or rely on a program that can restore contacts on Android.
Dr. Fone for Android is the perfect solution. It has a guided, intuitive interface, and is a light and fast application that will not slow your PCs and laptops down.
It has the ability to perform deep scans on connected devices and reinstate contacts to the chosen destination. The initial export to your computer will be as an HTML, vCard or .csv file that can be transferred to the device in question. And viola… job done!
Before Getting Started with a Dr. Fone Scan
Consider the following factors:
- Lost contacts are not really lost. They are just inaccessible because of a mishap like a sudden, unintended deletion, an operating system crash or processor overheating. Phone usage must be stopped as soon as data loss is detected. This ensures that no overwriting of older records takes place and Dr. Fone can work its magic – discovering the required information and exporting it to the PC.
- Dr. Fone probes deep into the internal structure and set-up of an Android device. Thus it is essential to start out with at least 20% charge in the phone’s battery if the USB Debugging and the scan are to progress without glitches.
- The intended device MUST be in USB Debugging mode before it is identified and the scan can commence and complete. In order to perform this, a user should:
- Select the Settings icon under the Apps tab.
- Choose Developer Options. This is generally the last option on the given list.
- Check the box for USB Debugging to allow Dr. Fone to establish a connection with the deeper recesses of the device and access its memory.
Sounds confusing? The Dr. Fone interface provides a quick snapshot of how the sequence works for different Android versions. This screen comes on when a device is connected to it with the USB Debugging option unchecked.
The Actual Process:
Step 1: Connect the Android Smart Device to a PC with Dr. Fone Installed on it
Launch Dr. Fone on the PC. This is typically the screen that will show itself, prompting you to connect the intended device to the computer through a USB cable.
At this stage, none of the three milestones you must cross to recover your data have been initiated. You can keep checking the progress bar overhead for more information.
Step 2: Allow Dr. Fone to Identify the Device
Dr. Fone has an inbuilt database of thousands of Android models ‘accepted’ by it. If your phone’s USB Debugging is checked and activated, the process of identifying your device should only take a few minutes.
Once successful, you will be greeted by this screen.
Click ‘Next’ to move to the scanning stage.
If you are a repeat user, you may receive the Super User pop up on your device at this stage. Please choose ‘Allow’ to reach Step 3.
Step 3: Choose the Type of Data for Recovery
Dr. Fone is capable of retrieving all the inaccessible data on your phone. But for the sake of this tutorial, we are only interested in lost contacts. Tick the checkbox next to Contacts and uncheck all the other options. Please take note that the more data types you will recover, the longer will be the scanning and ultimate export process.
Step 4: Choose the Scan Type
Dr. Fone allows you to reinstate both deleted files and all lost data. These two options fall under the ‘Standard Mode’. The Advanced Mode is for savvy users and as such should be left unchecked unless you want to directly proceed to this mode.
Once you select the appropriate radio button, hit ‘Next’ to move ahead.
Step 5: Choose Individual Contacts and Recover
When you click ‘Next’ in the last step, all the scan prep completes satisfactorily and the actual process can start.
The scan gradually reveals contacts lost due to deletion and you have the option of pausing it to choose a data file that is particularly important. The full scan presents you with a screen that lists out the potential items that can be retrieved.
You may either tick the checkboxes individually or choose all the files, in bulk, by ticking the master box right beside the ‘Name’ column.
The final step is to click on the ‘Recover’ button, as shown in the screenshot below. The lost contacts are exported to your PC either as vCards or as .csv files.
The whole sequence takes less than 10 minutes depending on the number of files marked for retrieval. Here is a quick recap of the process:
- Connect the device to a PC with Dr. Fone installed on it.
- Allow the application to identify the device type and version.
- Choose the file type that must be recovered.
- Select the scan mode.
- Choose the individual contacts that need to be retrieved.
- Export the files to your computer and then reload them to the intended Android device.
Go through these few steps to restore contacts on Android without requiring any technical expertise.