I have SE xperia P, and it stopped working, or at least the display did. I can access the internal memory (where I've been saving all contacts, which i didn't back up), is it possible to find and extract them? If so, how.
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These file I see when i connect the phone to PC, but I have no idea where to find contacts or SMS/MMS and such.

  • There is nothing when i search for %contact%, when i search for %data% and %.db% i dont get any good search results as well
    – m4tu5
    Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 10:00
  • If you go manually into /data/data/com.android.providers.contacts what do you get? Do you have root, are you using a root explorer, do you have read access to the /data folder?
    – RossC
    Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 10:01
  • this is the only data folder I can see/have access to imgur.com/OE4RWh1
    – m4tu5
    Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 10:09
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    /Android/Data/ is not the same as /Data the latter is in the / folder, otherwise known as the root folder, so I guess without root you cannot access the database. There are code ways to access it, that would be an app with the "Read or Write Contacts Data" permissions.
    – RossC
    Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 10:14

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You need a phone with access. The folder that usually stores the contacts is data/data/com.android.providers.contacts/databases/contacts.db As you would imagine they are placed in a 'safer' part of the device storage.

However, the /data folder is accessed via root directory /

You can root the device or you can use a Contacts Contract to access the database programatically, but as a normal user you can't.

As noted in the comments /android/data is not the same as /data

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