How to Recover Outlook Contacts?

You may lose contacts from Outlook accidentally or at any other unpredictable situations. When you lose Outlook contacts, don’t come to the conclusion that they are permanently deleted from your Outlook. Deleted or lost contacts still exist on your Outlook. To know how to recover deleted Outlook Contacts scroll down and refer to the sections of this article.

How it is possible to recover deleted Outlook contacts?

When you delete a contact, Outlook moves your contacts to Deleted Items folder. You can recover Outlook contacts from deleted items folder. If you permanently delete the Outlook contacts or empty the Deleted Items or trash folder contacts will be moved to Recoverable Items folder

Note: Recoverable Items folder is only avialble on Microsoft Outlook Exchange server. Hence, if you are not using Microsoft Outlook Exchange you need a Outlook PST Repair Tool. That is capable of recovering deleted Outlook contacts, emails, calendar and notes intact.

Recovering Outlook contacts from Deleted Items folder

As discussed in the previous section, you can recover deleted Outlook contacts from deleted items folder. Following are the instruction to access deleted items folder and recover Outlook contacts.

However, this process is limitted to recovering deleted Outlook contacts. If you have permanently deleted the Outlook contacts or empty the deleted items folder follow the instructions mentioned in next section. It will help you recover permanently deleted Outlook contacts from recoverable items folder.

Recover Deleted Outlook Contacts from Recoverable Items Folder

Unfortunately, Recover Deleted Items From Server option is not enabled by default in all email servers. This option is avilable only on Outlook Excahange servers. in such situations, later section of the article will help you recover missing, deleted or permanently deleted Outlook contacts.

Step by Step Guide to Recover Outlook Deleted Contacts

If you can't find a contact in the Deleted Items folder, the only alternative is SFWare PST File Repair Software. It recovers Outlook contacts even from a severely corrupted Outlook PST file. Designed with simple interface, SFWare PST File Repair tool enables even a novice user to easily recover Outlook contacts.

Step 1: Download SFWare PST File Repair, install and launch it.Select options below

Step 2: Choose the appropriate option and proceed further.

Step 3: After locating the Outlook data file, click on "Next" option

Step 4: Now you can select either "Normal Scan" or the "Smart Scan", then select destination folder where the repaired Outlook PST file has to be stored

Step 5: Click on "Repair" button

Step 6: Once the process is completed, you will be able to restore Outlook contacts

What’s more, SFWare PST File Repair Toolkit restores other attributes of Outlook PST file such as emails, calendars, journals, RSS feeds, notes, etc. As the name itself indicates, the tool will fix corruption issues related to PST file. In fact, it will resolve all PST errors and corruption problems which can’t be resolved by ScanPST.exe tool.

SFWare PST Repair Tool - One Tool Against any Outlook Related Issue


Deleted or missing Outlook contacts might be annoying but, if you follow this article you can easily recover deleted Outlook contacts. Unfortunately, if the Outlook contacts are missing due to corrupted PST file, you can take help of the SFWare PST repair tool to recover Outlook contacts. This article will also assist you to recover deleted emails on your Outlook application.