Sometimes, a situation occurs in which few contacts gets deleted (intentionally/unintentionally) from Contacts folder of Outlook. Therefore, there is a need to have a solution by which one can recover deleted contacts from Outlook 2016 2013, 2010, 2007, etc. In this post, I am going to discuss about all possible solutions to retrieve deleted contacts from Outlook PST file.
Problem Description

Consider the following scenario by which you will easily be able to understand the situation that is demonstrated in this post:
An Outlook user is having contacts in his PST file.

After a short time duration, he realizes that some of the contacts are useless and thus, wants to remove them from his PST file.

He selects the contacts that are to be deleted and press Delete button to remove them from PST file. Now all these deleted items are moved to deleted items folder of Outlook.

While accessing Outlook, the user unintentionally eliminates a contact details of Kay Crawford from deleted items folder that results in permanent deletion of it.

This Outlook user realizes that there is urgent need of Kay Crawford details but, he had deleted the contacts. Therefore, a query is generally by such clients that How to retrieve deleted contacts from Outlook PST file that are either temporarily deleted or permanently?
Note: If the deleted data is in Deleted Items folder of Outlook then, it is termed as temporary deletion. In addition, if the items are removed from deleted items folder also then, it is considered in permanent deletion.

Approaches of Restoring Deleted Outlook Contacts From PST File

Well, the solution of extracting deleted contact from Outlook is dependent upon the fact that whether the items are in deleted Outlook folder or not.
Solution 1: Recover Deleted Contacts Outlook Deleted Items Folder

  • Launch Microsoft Outlook on your machine and browse towards Deleted Items folder
  • Now select the contact, which you want to move back to contacts items list of Outlook PST file. For example I have selected Isabelle Couteleau – Schmitz contact details to be restored
  • Right-click on selected contact and choose Move >> Other Folder options
  • A Move Items window will appear in front of you. From this window, explore the PST file where you want to retrieve permanently deleted contacts. Select Contacts option from the list of items and then click on OK button
  • Now you will find that the selected contacts is removed from Deleted Items folder of Outlook and is moved on its original location (which you had browsed in above step). Therefore, you are now succeeded to retrieve deleted contacts from Outlook deleted items folder.

Solution 2: Recover Permanently Deleted Emails In Outlook
As such, there does not exists any manual procedure by which you could retrieve deleted contacts of Outlook 2016 and below versions. Therefore, you will require a utility, which recover deleted contacts or Shift delete items from Outlook PST file and save them in PST file itself.
Note: It is discussed earlier that Kay Crawford has permanently deleted contacts from Outlook PST file. Therefore, we are going to restore deleted contact from PST file with help of this second approach.
The best suited technique to recover deleted contacts from PST file is to use Outlook Recovery tool. The way of retrieving contacts from such application is given below:

  • Download Outlook Recovery software on your computer and install it on your machine. This will enable users to retrieve deleted contacts from PST file without Outlook installation.
  • Launch this recovery tool and click on Add File button
  • Click on Browse button and move towards the location where the PST file is stored
  • Select the desired PST file from which you want to extract deleted contacts and click on Open.
  • Enable the checkbox of Advance Scan to recover deleted contacts from PST file and then click on Add file button
  • Now all the data will be loaded on Outlook Recovery tool window
  • Click on Contacts item of PST file (from LHS of tool window) and then you can see the entire data of it. Moreover, you will find the items that you had permanently deleted while accessing Outlook

For example I had deleted Kay Crawford contact from Outlook but, when I viewed contacts with this software I was able to view the Kay details.

  • Select recover deleted contacts and then right-click on it to select Export option.
  • An Export Options window will appear in front of you. From this window, select PST option and click on Browse button.
  • Now go to the location where you want to save the resultant PST file and then click on OK button. If required, then you can also create a new folder from tool window and select it as destination folder.
  • Analyze all the settings made by you and click on Export button, recover deleted contacts in PST file format and save them on your computer.
  • Close the Outlook Recovery tool window after clicking on OK button.
  • Launch MS Outlook 2016 (or any other version) on your machine and go to File >> Open & Export >> Open Outlook Data File
  • Now browse towards the location where you have saved PST file in step 10 and select the file. Click on OK to continue.
  • Selected PST file will be loaded in Outlook application and now you can view your deleted contacts information by clicking on Contacts item of Outlook folder

This procedure scan PST file in deeper manner and extracts all data from it. Then it recover deleted contacts from PST file and load them on preview window.


One can wind up with the fact that the relevant solution to recover deleted contacts which are permanently deleted or deleted using Shift + Delete key combination in Microsoft Outlook PST file is the second one. This will extract shift deleted as well as temporarily deleted data from Outlook file.

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