Contacts disappeared on Samsung S7

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Hi, Same problem as most people here - contacts disappeared. They seem to be a) some of the most frequently used, b) all recently added. I spent hours reentering a lot of them yesterday and they all disappeared again today. More - I don't back up to Google or Samsung (I used to have Keys on my S5 and they sync'd with Outlook. Since I got the S7, I just manually enter new contacts on the phone and the PC - silly, perhaps, but it was working...until now!). I noticed some contacts were also missing from my PC Outlook account, so I entered them there too. All gone today as well. I'm puzzled, because there is no connection between the S7 and Outlook on my PC.
This thread is old, but I hope someone can help!

Note: The contacts don't show on lists or through searches and only the number (not the contact name) appear on WhatsApp, Messenger or SMS.
 

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Ok, and just to be sure -- these contacts were definitely entered to the Phone account, and not the Samsung account?
 

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Welcome to Android Central! More details would be helpful. Which phone? Were the contacts saved to your Google account, or only the local Phone account (or possibly a Samsung account, if you're also talking about a Samsung phone)? Go to contacts.google.com on your computer browser -- do you see any of the contacts there?