How to Restore Your Gmail Contacts to a Previous State

When importing contacts goes haywire, there is a fix

What to Know

  • From your Gmail account in a browser, select the Google Apps icon, which looks like a grid of dots.
  • Choose Contacts. Select the Settings gear and choose Undo Changes.
  • Select the time to which you want to revert and choose Confirm.

This article explains how to restore your Gmail contacts to a previous state.

Restore Your Gmail Contacts to a Previous State

Importing contacts to Gmail isn't hard, but it can go wrong. When that happens, don't worry. You can restore previous contact settings from any time during the last 30 days. Gmail automatically creates and keeps backup snapshots for your Gmail address book, so restoring your entire Gmail contact list to the state in which it was at any point in the last month is a snap.

Follow these steps to recover the state of your Gmail contacts from any point in the last 30 days.

  1. From your Gmail account, in the upper-right corner, select Google apps (the icon that looks like a grid of dots).

    Google apps icon in Gmail
  2. Choose Contacts.

    Contacts in Gmail
  3. In the upper-right corner, select the Settings Gear.

    Settings gear in Gmail contacts
  4. Select Undo changes.

    Undo changes iin Gmail contacts
  5. In the Undo changes dialog box, select the time to which you want to revert, then select Confirm.

    A screenshot of Gmail's Undo Changes window with the Confirm button highlighted
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