You've just received a call that really upset you and, in the heat of the moment, you accidentally deleted the entire call log of your smartphone, losing a valuable phone number that you hadn't saved in your phonebook yet, because you promised to do it as soon as you had a free moment.
Since you can't remember that phone number at all, you've immediately gotten desperate, and now you're already thinking about the jumps you'll have to make to find that precious contact. Is that right? Then don't worry, you've come to the right place at a time that couldn't be better. If you want, in fact, I can help you recover a number deleted from the call register in a few simple steps, using free tools that you can freely download from the Internet and that, given their ease of use, you can use even if you are not very familiar with information technology.
All you'll need, in most cases, will be a computer with Windows or a Mac and a USB cable to connect your smartphone to it: once you've collected everything you need, just follow the procedures I've enclosed in this tutorial to try to recover the precious number lost in a moment of distraction. Good work and good luck!
How to recover a deleted number from Android call history
If you have an Android device, this is the section for you: in the following lines, I want to explain how to find the lost number either by accessing the manufacturer's account that may be associated with your device (which is often able to save this type of information), or through the Dr.fone data recovery program for computers.
Recovery via manufacturer account
On many modern Android smartphones you can use, in addition to the classic Google account, an account provided by the phone's manufacturer: this profile, among other things, is usually able to sync the call log on a cloud space. If, the first time you start your smartphone, you have correctly activated an account at the manufacturer's website, you can try to follow a very quick and effective way to access your call log again and retrieve the lost number.
This procedure may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, but the general steps to follow are very simple: generally, you just need to access the specific site or app for your personal account (e.g. Mi Cloud for Xiaomi devices), access the cloud space and check that the call log is available among the options.
For example, on Xiaomi smartphones there is the Mi Account, which offers the possibility to save the call log and retrieve it through the dedicated Mi Cloud service. Before you do anything, however, I recommend that you check whether call log synchronization is active on your phone by tapping on the Settings icon and going to the manufacturer's account section (e.g. Mi Account): scroll to the next screen until you find the Call Log entry and check that it is marked Enabled.
If this is the case, you can try to retrieve the lost number by visiting the manufacturer's cloud service site (Mi Cloud, to continue in my example for Xiaomi devices): after opening the page in question with any web browser, press on the entry to login (e.g. Sign In with Mi Account) and enter, when prompted, the login credentials for the account associated with your smartphone. Once in your personal area, click on the Messages button and open the Call Recordings menu located at the top to immediately access the call log: easy, no?
Although the steps I've described are specific for Xiaomes and Mi accounts, the procedure is very similar for all other smartphones that have an account with the manufacturer, such as Samsung, LG and Huawei.
Recovery via Dr.fone
If your manufacturer does not provide the ability to associate a custom account with your smartphone, or if you did not perform the procedure in the initial setup, you can still attempt to retrieve the call log on your Android smartphone using a free program like Wondershare Dr.fone.
To use it, however, you must have previously activated the USB Debug feature on the smartphone on which you intend to act: then open the Settings app, enter the Info section on your phone and press the Build Number item 7 times in a row, until you unlock the development options. If you have Android 8.0 or later, you can find the same entry in Settings > System > Phone Info. After that, go back to the Settings screen, go to the Developer Options/Development Options menu and activate the USB Debug item using the checkbox or the corresponding toggle, and then accept any subsequent warning messages.
At this point, go back to your computer and go to the Wondershare Dr.Fone main page, click on the Free Download button located in the center and wait for the installation file to be downloaded to your computer. After that, start the above file (e.g. drfone_recover_setup_fullXXXX.exe) to install the program on your computer.
If you have Windows, press the Install button in the middle of the window and wait for the process to complete. If you have a Mac, click the Accept button to confirm that you agree to the program's license terms, and then drag the Dr.Fone program into the Applications folder of your Mac using the icons located in the window that appears later.
Once the setup phase is complete, start the program from the Windows Start menu (the flag icon located at the bottom left of the screen) or from the macOS Launchpad (the rocket icon attached to the Dock bar) and, when required by the program, connect your smartphone to your computer via USB, taking care to do this while keeping the terminal screen unlocked.
Once you've recognized your phone, click the Retrieve button and carefully follow the instructions shown on the screen. Typically, all you need to do is click on the Android Data Recovery item, and then accept all permission requests that appear on your smartphone screen.
Next, the program should start a scan of the internal memory and microSD and show you a window from which you can choose which data to recover: take care to leave a check mark next to the Call log entry, then click the Next button. If all is well, the program will show you an alert window about what you are going to do, indicating that you should only complete the procedure if your smartphone has at least 20% remaining charge: when ready, click Start to start the in-depth scan procedure.
I advise you not to perform any other operations on your computer during this procedure, nor to touch your Android device: the scan may take several minutes, during which the phone may reboot itself, even several times. Don't worry, it's normal and part of the procedure.
Once the scan is complete, click on Cron. Call. located in the left sidebar to see all the calls recovered from the program and, once you've selected the number you're interested in, click the Computer Recovery button to save it locally to a conveniently readable file.
How to retrieve a deleted number from the iPhone Call Log
Do you own an iPhone? No problem: you can use the Dr.fone recovery program, seen above, to extract the entire call log from a backup stored on iCloud or iTunes, or by performing a recovery operation directly from the smartphone memory.
Recovery from iCloud Backup
The easiest way to recover a deleted number from your iPhone call log is using iCloud backup if it's available: Apple can store the information you're looking for for up to 4 months, so if you act quickly, you have a great chance of finding the numbers you're looking for.
First, then, make sure that automatic iCloud backup is active on your iPhone: press the Settings button, then the Account and Password item, and finally iCloud. Scroll through the next window until you see the iCloud Backup entry and make sure that the Yes sign appears next to it.
At this point, start the Dr.fone program (I explained how to download and install it in the Android section) without connecting the iPhone to the computer (not necessary), click on the Recovery button and, in the following windows, click on the iOS Data Recovery and iCloud Backup Recovery items.
Once you've done this, enter your Apple ID data in the next window, press the Login button and wait for Dr.fone to show you all the backups of your iPhone(s): choose the most recent one (or at least the one where you're sure you still have the number you're looking for) and press the Download button to match it.
The program, at this point, will ask you what data to recover from the backup: for the purposes of this guide, simply place a checkmark next to the Cron entry. Call. Click the Next button and wait for the necessary file download to complete. Finally, you just need to select the numbers to recover and click on the Recover button to save the list to your computer.
Recovery from iTunes backup
Never backed up to iCloud because you prefer to create automatic backups using iTunes? No problem. With a technique similar to the one you saw earlier, you can easily retrieve the phone number you're looking for from one of these files.
First, then, install Wondershare Dr.fone on the computer that contains your iTunes backups, as I showed you earlier, launch it and, without connecting anything to your computer, click on the Data Recovery and iOS Data Recovery buttons, then select Recovery iTunes Backup from the side menu of the next window.
At this point, choose the most appropriate backup (helping you with the date if necessary) from those proposed and click the Start Scan button to allow the program to find all the files within it. Finally, press on the Cron menu. Place it on the left navigation bar, choose the numbers you want to recover from the call log and press the Computer Recovery button to finalize it.
Recovery from iPhone
If all the previous methods didn't work because you don't have any backups to recover from, you can try one last way: find the lost number by rescuing it directly from the deleted data on your iPhone.
So, if you have a melafon with iOS 10.3 or higher, do the following: first of all, if you haven't already done so, download and install iTunes on Windows following the instructions I gave you in this guide; on macOS, however, this step is not necessary, as the program is already installed on the operating system.
Next, download and install Wondershare Dr.fone, start it, connect your iPhone to your computer using the included Lightning cable and press the Retrieval button on your computer screen.
At this point, click on the Retrieve iOS Data and Retrieve from Disp. iOS buttons, click on the name of your iPhone, put the checkmark next to the Cron item. Call. located in the Deleted Data pane of your device and then press the Start Scan button to scan your iPhone's internal memory, keeping in mind that this may take several minutes.
At the end of it, Dr.fone should show you the entire call log of your iPhone, including the numbers you deleted by mistake: if not, take care to select the Call History section from the left sidebar. Finally, choose the numbers you want to recover and click the Computer Recovery button to save them to a file.
I beg your pardon? While you are at it, would you like to try to recover other files deleted from iPhone by mistake as well? Then I think I have just what you need - take a look at my guides on how to recover deleted files from mobile phone and how to recover deleted iPhone photos, I am sure you won't regret it!