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karandpr

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  • Feb 20, 2011
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    I have a Google Voice backup(Titanium and TWRP) with my contacts that are lost from my Google account and I've been trying to recover them with all the associated data(pic/birthday/etc). I've had no luck on my own or asking elsewhere.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/androidapps/comments/mqeb7n

    From the reddit thread you have

    --> Disable Sync
    --> Restore Backup
    You can see your contacts here

    --> Go to contacts app
    --> Select all contacts
    --> Click share button
    You will get a .vcf file
    --> Download .vcf file
    --> Go to contacts on web and import the .vcf file.
    --> They should be available on Sync again
     
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    Newbie8000

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    From the reddit thread you have

    --> Disable Sync
    --> Restore Backup
    You can see your contacts here

    --> Go to contacts app
    --> Select all contacts
    --> Click share button
    You will get a .vcf file
    --> Download .vcf file
    --> Go to contacts on web and import the .vcf file.
    --> They should be available on Sync again
    Contacts are only in Voice not the contacts app
     

    karandpr

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  • Feb 20, 2011
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    Contacts are only in Voice not the contacts app
    Thats a bit weird. Contacts sync was an issue in older androids that's why I had .vcf backups
    Well, I am not sure what DB google voice uses, but if it's not encrypted, you can view it in DB viewer for SQLite and export the contacts as CSV.
    and probably import that into you google contacts.
     

    blackhawk

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    You should save a couple copies on multiple hdds/flash drives. People forget to back up these small databases... until they're gone😖
    Maybe there's a copy on a old sim card?
     

    Newbie8000

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    You should save a couple copies on multiple hdds/flash drives. People forget to back up these small databases... until they're gone😖
    Maybe there's a copy on a old sim card?
    Yeah never thought to back them up. I just really hate that I can see them but have no idea how to get them to anywhere else. Unfortunately they have only ever been in my Google account.
     

    blackhawk

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    Yeah never thought to back them up. I just really hate that I can see them but have no idea how to get them to anywhere else. Unfortunately they have only ever been in my Google account.
    I had a similar experience and but had backed them up. For whatever reason chunks of the contacts vanished.
    It's important to keep copies that aren't on that device at all. In a blink of an eye a virus or rootkit could destroy them all.
    I use multiple hdds that aren't synced at the same time so at least most of my data is safe no matter what happens. Cloud stuff can get wiped or become inaccessible too so I put little faith in it.

    Maybe an old phone you have, some is better than none. Backed up on a laptop or by a forgotten app maybe?
    Maybe still stored on Google... worth a try? Google backup might take a day or so to restore them and may not even indicate they were saved. May work even if backup has been disabled by enabling it again. Google's a mess.
     
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      I have a Google Voice backup(Titanium and TWRP) with my contacts that are lost from my Google account and I've been trying to recover them with all the associated data(pic/birthday/etc). I've had no luck on my own or asking elsewhere.

      https://www.reddit.com/r/androidapps/comments/mqeb7n

      From the reddit thread you have

      --> Disable Sync
      --> Restore Backup
      You can see your contacts here

      --> Go to contacts app
      --> Select all contacts
      --> Click share button
      You will get a .vcf file
      --> Download .vcf file
      --> Go to contacts on web and import the .vcf file.
      --> They should be available on Sync again
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      Yeah never thought to back them up. I just really hate that I can see them but have no idea how to get them to anywhere else. Unfortunately they have only ever been in my Google account.
      I had a similar experience and but had backed them up. For whatever reason chunks of the contacts vanished.
      It's important to keep copies that aren't on that device at all. In a blink of an eye a virus or rootkit could destroy them all.
      I use multiple hdds that aren't synced at the same time so at least most of my data is safe no matter what happens. Cloud stuff can get wiped or become inaccessible too so I put little faith in it.

      Maybe an old phone you have, some is better than none. Backed up on a laptop or by a forgotten app maybe?
      Maybe still stored on Google... worth a try? Google backup might take a day or so to restore them and may not even indicate they were saved. May work even if backup has been disabled by enabling it again. Google's a mess.
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