I have a problem with my FP. I thought all my contacts are stored on my Simcards but after
recovering it - it turned out it wasnt. Before I recovered my phone i did a 1:1 copy of all files
via USB to my Computer (check.Screenshot).
Now my quesions:
How I can get my contacts back?
Is there a contact file?
Where it is?
How do I extract the contacts?
How do I import it again to my FP?
Thanks in advance for all you shared thoughts and help.
The search result “android/data” leads to nothing related to “contacts”. The data folder contains two empty folders “cache” and “tmp”:
…further checking now “system/app” search results. It points to a “fp_update_3-1.zip” (200MB) file in a “update” folder. The unziped file shows some “contact” files. For the documentation - see picture below:
My recovered phone
It shows a “fp_update.zip” (1.5MB) in “updater” folder. It contains a “updater.sig” and “updater.xml”. Understandable because its not used yet - no contacts saved.
contacts.apk and contacts.codex refer to the app called “Contacts”. They don’t contain the actual contact files.
You are having a problem here because you did not copy the whole phone, only the part visible for Windows Explorer. The root folder ("/") is not there and that’s why you don’t find /data. I fear, you won’t be able to recover your contacts…
thanks for bringing some light to the “contacts.apk and contacts.codex” thing.
Im browsing my FP and my computer drives as administrator. I adjusted my windows explorer to see hidden folders and files.
On both devices (Drive and Phone) I dont see any “data” folder in Root directory.
Since you are using Whatsapp, Facebook etc. - did you also check your Google account? I vaguely remember that I had to switch off syncing my contacts with my Google account every time I wiped my FP. I think it might be turned on by default, so you contacts could already be in the cloud.
Sorry, but since I switched off syncing my contacts with my Google account, I don’t know. Google should know, but I’m not sure what to make of those links. You should conduct some more research on the web on that matter…
If you are using Google account to take the backup of your phone contacts. To restore your contacts login to Gmail with your Google account login ID and password. Restored and you can go as back as 30 days. From here you can also select the custom dates, Once you have selected your restoration point. Click the “Restore” button to restore contacts .
It is a nice guide, but the problem is that you don’t have any backup of the phone data.
So, there is no backup data to recover from, you can only try the recovery methods from some recovery tools to restore contacts.