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I am hoping someone can help me with this. My brother passed away yesterday and we both have the same phone a Samsung Galaxy S3 on the Sprint network. I was wondering if there is a simple way with adb or some software on Windows 7 that I can use to get a list of his contacts off of his phone as I need to try to contact all his friends and let them know when his funeral is going to be as I don't have any of his friends phone numbers. I am familiar with rooting phones and installing roms as I have my xoom rooted but I have not rooted my Galaxy S3 or my brothers phone either since we had both just got it and dont want to void the warranty just yet.

Can anyone help me? I am not a programmer and really just want to get a list of his friends to contact to let them know what has happened. Please help me if you can time is of the essence as I am making funeral arrangements today with my mom and would really like to let his friends know that he is no longer with us.

Thank you all and hopefully you can help me!

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Just wanted to add his phone has been locked so I can't open the phone or I would just of course look at his contacts that way. – Jeff Aug 15 '12 at 13:29
Do you have access to his Google account? If he was syncing his contacts to Google it might be easier to get them from Gmail web interface. – Chahk Aug 15 '12 at 14:16
This one might be worth a shot: – Richard Borcsik Aug 15 '12 at 14:20
I don't think Sprint will be able to help you, as they have nothing to do with on-account phones AFAIK. However, if you attempt to lock yourself out from the phone ("guess" the password many times), it should prompt you to log in with the account. – Jeeva Aug 15 '12 at 15:23
@Chahk They don't. Not without a court order. source – Richard Borcsik Aug 15 '12 at 15:58

I had the same problem trying to get contacts off my broken galaxy s3, and the solution was a program called "My Phone Explorer" from I had tried everything, but couldn't find a solution that worked for retrieving contacts AND SMS messages.

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This is an old question and my answer may be of little help. Since you know your brother's number, just call. Then answer the phone your self and viola! It is unlocked.access the contacts from there.

I have always wondered why this security hole is overlooked.

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Answering the phone doesn't unlock it. Do you mean you can browse contacts via the Phone/Dialer app while in a call? – Matthew Read Mar 11 at 8:13

You may find the contacts have been uploaded to Google Contacts. From there, you can click "Export", download the file to the device you wish to upload them to, and reimport them. Unfortunately, this only works if you can get access to a device that has his Google password saved on.

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