When you have synced your contacts on your Android phone with Google contacts and decide to withdraw them from Google, how can you permanently delete them?

I went to Gmail->Contacts and there I could delete them all, but when I look into the data I get from the Google takeout the deleted contacts are all still there.

How can I totally whipe all contacts from Google?

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If it is not long ago, that you synced there is an option in your contacts:

You can restore your contact list to the state that it was in at any point within the past 30 days. This is a great way to recover deleted contacts, undo an import or undo a merge.

I now restored the contacts to the point 30 days ago, see

Restore contacts: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/1069522?hl=en-GB

That was a time, when I had no contacts in my list yet.

Now the loads of contacts, I synced from my phone are gone in the takeout too.

(Though you cannot be sure, google isn't keeping them somewhere else)

This is not a solution if you used Google contacts for a long time already

Maybe we find a solution for How do I obfuscate all contacts in Gmail?

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