Lost all my contacts on S4: Happy ending

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by jimbo1mcm, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

    Mar 21, 2010
    For some inexplicable reason when I opened my S4 all my contacts had disappeared . Fortunately I use a program called myBackup Pro which backs up my phone once a week to the 32 gig micro SD card.I restored all my contacts in about 2 or 3 minutes. Great program.
  2. Fireblade macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2011
    Why don't you sync them with Google?
    If you do so, you will never lose a contact again.
  3. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2010
  4. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    Google Sync

    Between the two this is a problem one should not have with a Samsung GS4
  5. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020


    Jul 23, 2010
    I dunno, somewhere in West Texas
    Your contacts are in the clouds, how do you lose them?
  6. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    Thanks to Google every smartphone experience is excellent.

    Just some fit our individual preferences better.

    Need proof?

    I can't remember any tech debacle that forced it's CEO to grovel like the famous "Dreaded Apple Maps".

    Oh wait... There was "Your Holding It Wrong" By Apple God Steve Jobs...

    Then there's... Oh never mind :D
  7. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Sync with Google and also store them on your sim as a backup.
  8. jamojamo macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2010
    Yes, they certainly handled the Nexus 4 launch well, and Google Buzz, and..... :rolleyes:

    In your rush to condemn Apple for every misstep you seem to quickly forget Google's mistakes, or worse, ignore them.
  9. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    Oops.... Someone's sure sensitive.
  10. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    It's almost impossible to lose your contacts when syncing with Google. Google keeps restore points of your contacts for about a month. So even if you delete from the browser and every device, you can still restore it to whatever certain date you want.

    I found this out when cleaning up my contacts on my desktop and mistakenly deleted everything. All contacts on my desktops and devices connected to that account were gone. Was happy to find out I was able to restore. If I did that with iCloud, bye bye contacts for good.

    BTW ... I do have my contacts file saved on my desktops, but I haven't updated/merged in more than 6 months so I would have still lost some numbers for good. Now it's updated, as I'll never put my complete trust in clouds.
  11. ceva321 macrumors 6502


    Girl just put all your contacts on Google and never worry again.

    I put that **** on everything :)
  12. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    Just a few thought to share for accuracy since I have some solid contacts within Google.

    1a) There's some very good news, Google now creates restore points every 24 hours.

    2a) True

    3a) Frankly I'm very disappointed that Apple has continued and failed to fix this shortcoming. To ignore user security like this is just unacceptable.

    4a) True I use Google based on years of exemplary trouble free reliability. No one does it better.

    Yet I also built a very secure Synology NAS equipped server network for my home office. Being closed loop - not attached to the web - its 100% safe, secure, and blazing fast via a combo of high capacity SSD'S .

    I use the cloud as a matter of convenience and sharing of non-sensative files.
  13. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011

    100% right. Google has had plenty of missteps. Their customer service leaves plenty of room for improvement. And regarding launches, the 2013 Nexus 7 launch was the first one ever from them that wasn't a debacle.

    Even now there seems to be issues/bugs with the new Google Maps on the N7 regarding GPS.

    But anyway, back to thread topic...


    Where does one find these contact restore points? I never knew that.
  14. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Good news indeed. Actually less than 24hrs now. Try 10min. :)


  15. jamojamo macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2010
    Thank you for the information. This is good news since I finally copied my contacts to Google.

    Not that I plan to delete them but you never know!

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