How to Restore Contacts from Google on iOS & Android

Want to restore deleted contacts from Google? This guide will show you how to restore contacts from Google to iPhone or Android. In addition, we will also share how to recover contacts without Google backup.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 23, 2022

You may lose your contacts due to accidentally deleted, factory reset, contacts missing after an operating system update. Luckily, there are Gmail contacts or Google contacts stored on your iPhone. Or, if you changed to a new Android or iPhone, restoring contacts from Gmail to iPhone, from Google Drive to Android are necessary for you.

Here in this article, we will share how to restore contacts from Google, and so you can restore Google contacts to your iPhone or Android with ease. Besides, you can also have ways to get contacts back from iPhone or Android without Google backup.

How to Restore Contacts from Gmail to iPhone

Before starting the process of restoring contacts, you should have accessed your Gmail account. And, make sure the contacts have to be synced with Gmail before. Besides, a stable internet connection will be needed correctly. Restoring contacts on iPhone is quite easy if you have already met all these conditions before.

Here’s how to restore contacts from Gmail to iPhone:

  1. Turn on your iPhone > Go to Settings > Scroll down and tap Accounts & Passwords > Tap Add Account and choose Google.
  2. Open the Google account window then enter your Gmail information and click Sign in > Tap Allow to proceed > Move the Contact button to the right side to enable it.
  3. Tap the Keep on My iPhone option to keep the existing contacts on your iPhone untouched > Tap Save on the upper right corner and wait for the process to complete.
  4. After that, open the Contacts app and you will find contacts are synced from Google to your iPhone.
How to Restore Gmail Contacts on iPhone – Step 1

How to Restore Gmail Contacts on iPhone

How to Restore Contacts from Gmail Web to iPhone

Except for the above methods, you can also restore google contacts via Gmail web. To retrieve deleted Gmail contacts:

  1. Open the browser and log into your Gmail account.
  2. Tap on Gmail on the top-left of the page and select Contacts.
  3. Tap on More and click Restore Contacts from the dropdown menu.
  4. Then you can choose a time to restore from 1 week ago, 1 hour ago, etc.

Further Reading: How to Fix iPhone Contacts not Syncing with Gmail >

Restore Contacts from Google Drive to Android with DroidKit

DroidKit is a time-saving and convenient tool that helps you to restore contacts from Google Drive to Android phones. With DroidKit installed on your computer and Android phone connected, you can first find your contacts on Google Drive, then preview and choose to restore what you want. Except for contacts, you can also download WhatsApp backup, photos, messages, WiFi passwords, etc. from your Google account to your new phone.

What’s more, you can extract data from a broken Android with the Extract Needed Data function. As a complete Android solution, it also helps you to recover lost data without backup or root.

DroidKit – Restore Contacts from Google Drive

  • Restore contacts to Android, including number, email, and address.
  • Preview Google contacts and restore what you select.
  • SSL-256 encryption to protect all your data privacy.
  • Also restore WhatsApp messages & attachments, call logs, etc.

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Here’s how to import contacts from Google Drive to Android phone:

Step 1. freely get the latest version of DroidKit on your computer > In the upper middle of the welcome page, hit From Google Account under Data Extractor.

Retrieve Data from Google Account

Retrieve Data from Google Account

Step 2. Click Contacts under the Google Account box > Hit Next to continue the progress.

Select Calendar to Recover

Select Contacrs to Recover

Step 3. Click the Authorize button to grant DroidKit permission to access your Google data.

Authorize Your Google Account

Authorize Your Google Account

Step 4. It will automatically jump to the “Sign-in Goggle Accounts” page > Choose your Google account, hit Advanced, and go to iMobie software > You can decide and allow what kind of data can DroidKit visit > When you see the Login is successful page, you can go back to the DroidKit and preview the contacts on Google > You can either restore the data To Device or To PC.

Recover Contact from Google Account

Recover Contact from Google Account

Step 5. Wait for a few seconds until you see the Extracted Successfully page.

Extracted Successfully

Extracted Successfully

Video Tutorial to Restore Contacts from Google to Android

Restore Contacts from Google Drive on New Android Phone

As known for all, Android devices can easily sync their data and back up their device to the Google account from the Settings. Let’s take a look at how to set up and restore contacts from Google Drive on your new Android phones.

  1. Install and set up Google Drive on your new phone.
  2. Go to Settings and find Google.
  3. Click on Restore contacts from Set up & restore, or Services.
  4. If you have multiple Google accounts, you need to tap on From account and confirm which account to restore from.
  5. Choose the device you want to restore to.
  6. And you can turn off SIM card or Device storage here if you don’t want to restore contacts from SIM card or device storage.
  7. After that, tap on Restore.
  8. Until you see the Contacts restored, then all contacts will be transferred from Google to the Android phone.

Further Reading: How to Backup Contacts to Google Drive >

Bonus Tip. How to Restore Contacts on iPhone/Android without Google Account

Above we discussed how to recover contacts with a Gmail account. However, sometimes we may have no available Google account, haven’t synced contacts to Google before losing them, or the contacts we deleted not exist in Google. So, here in the following, we would like to separately talk about how to recover deleted contacts from iOS devices and Android phones without any google account.

#1. Retrieve Contacts on Android without Google Account

The only option for you to recover deleted contacts on an Android phone without a Google account is to get help from some Android data recovery software like PhoneRescue for Android, which can scan your Android phone deeply and find the deleted contacts. It has helped millions of Android users retrieve deleted or lost contacts successfully and trusted by those users for other Android data recovery.

With PhoneRescue for Android, all your deleted contacts will be easily recovered with detailed info, including contact name, phone number, email, job title, address, companies, and more. In addition, you can preview the deleted contacts before recovering and select the one(s) you wanted most to recover. Just 1 click and 3 simple steps are needed to finish the task.

Free Download PhoneRescue for Android on your computer now, and then read on the steps below to recover your deleted contacts with great ease.

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Step 1. Install and open PhoneRescue for Android on your computer > Connect your Android phone to the computer via a USB cable > Check Contacts only > Click Next to scan your Android device.

Check Contacts Only and Click Next

Check Contacts Only and Click Next

Step 2. After the scanning process is completed, choose the contacts you want to recover to the device directly with the To Device button or save them on the computer by clicking on To Computer.

Recover the Contacts as You Need

Recover the Contacts as You Need

#2. How to Restore Contacts on iPhone without Google Account

To recover deleted contacts from iPhone without Google, there are several ways available to you. If you have made an iTunes or iCloud backup before, then just follow the steps below to recover deleted contacts from your backup directly.

It is worth reminding you that both iTunes and iCloud backup recovery way won’t allow you to restore contacts only, it requires a full restore. Also, it needs to erase all existing data on your iPhone and be replaced by the backup files. The erased previous data can’t be recovered anymore.

So, you’d better make sure that the backup you choose does including the deleted contacts. Otherwise, more important data will get lost on your iPhone after the process.

How to Restore Contacts on iPhone via iTunes Backup

Launch iTunes and connect the iPhone to the computer > Select “Restore Backup” > Select the newest backup entry appearing on the screen and tap “Restore”.

Restore Contacts from iCloud Backups to iPhone

Step 1. To erase all the content and settings from the new iPhone. Go for Settings > General > Reset > Erase the Content & Settings.

Step 2. Reach the Apps & Data screen and select Restore from iCloud backup > Log in to your iCloud Account > Simply select the iCloud backup that contains the contacts you want to restore.

Using Recovery Tool to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone

Since Apple offers no way for users to retrieve only contacts from iTunes or iCloud backup, many users prefer to try PhoneRescue for iOS to recover deleted contacts from iPhone.

PhoneRescue for iOS offers you 3 recovery modes. No matter you have backup or not, it helps you recover deleted contacts easily. Also, PhoneRescue for iOS enables you to preview and select the contacts before recovering and allows you to recover only deleted contacts from iPhone rather than a blind full restore.

More than anything, it will not erase or replace anything on your iPhone during the recovery process. All your existing data will be kept safe after the process. Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer now, and then follow the steps below to recover deleted contacts easily.

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Step 1. Install and open PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Connect your iOS device to the computer via a USB cable > Choose Recover from iOS Device mode > Click Right Arrow.

Recover from iOS without Backup

Recover from iOS without Backup

Step 2. Check Contacts only > Click the OK button to proceed.

Download Contacts from iCloud Backup

Download Contacts from iCloud Backup

Step 3. Preview and select the contacts you want to recover > Click To iDevice button to recover them to iPhone’s Contacts app directly or click To Computer button to store them on your computer for a backup.

Recover iPhone Contacts to Computer or Device

Recover iPhone Contacts to Computer or Device

The Bottom Line

In this article, we discuss how to restore Gmail contacts to iPhone, and restore contacts from Google drive to Android phones. Also, you can retrieve contacts without a Google account on Android and iPhone here. DroidKit can be the most ideal tool to help you restore contacts to Android in a decent and simple way. So, don’t hesitate to have a free trial now >

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Joy Taylor Twitter Share Facebook Share

Senior writer of the iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android-related issues.

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