How to Restore Your Gmail Contacts to a Previous State

When importing contacts goes haywire, there is a fix

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

Restore Your Gmail Contacts to a Previous State

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). Choose Contacts.

    Gmail with Google apps menu displayed - screenshot
  2. In the left rail, select More to expand the menu (if the menu is already expanded, skip this step). Choose Undo changes.

    screenshot - Google Contacts with More submenu displayed
  3. In the Undo changes dialog box, select the time to which you want to revert.

    screenshot - Google Contacts with Undo Changes dialog box displayed
  4. Select Confirm.