How to backup Android contacts

If you dont want to loose your contact list on your phone it is a good idea to take a backup on android.

How to backup Android device.

If you are updating your phone it can be a good idea to backup your contact list before doing so. Usually this is not necessary but if you are unlucky you can loose all your data including your contacts.

 

How to backup your android contact list

If your contacts appear here your contacts are backed up already

 

The good news

Thankfully Google has made Android Os in such a way that if you have linked your Android phone to your Gmail, your contacts are most likely already synced with your gmail.

  1. To check this go to your Gmail account.
  2. In the upper left corner under the Google logo press where it says Gmail.
  3. In the drop down that appears choose Contacts.
  4. Your contacts should appear.

If you saw your contact list from your phone in that list you are done. Google has already backed up your contacts.

If you did not find your contacts there are some things you need to do to make sure that they are backed up.

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How to backup your Android contacts

  1. Go to your phones settings ( if you don’t have a shortcut on your homescreen you can find it in your list of apps )
  2. Scroll though this menu and press the tab that says Back up and reset.
  3. Now what you have to do is make sure the Back up my data tab is checked, and if it is not, check it right now.
This should ensure that your contacts are backed up automatically. As soon as you ad a contact to your phone it will get synced to your Gmail account.
If your phone is lost or you loose it in the toilet or any other action that may lead to involuntarily buying a new phone you can now rest asured that your contact list is intact.

If for any reason you are switching phones it is a good idea to backup you contact data. I can clearly remember in the olden days when one was forced to manually insert all ones contacts into your new phone by writing everyone’s number and name into the contact list one by one.

 

Another way to backup your Android contacts

  1. Open the contact list on your phone.

    export options Android phone

    Export/import options

  2. Hit the menu button from your contact list.
  3. From the list that appears hit the import/export tab.
  4. This will bring up a list of available export and importing options.
Once you have picked the option that applies to you the list will be backed up. What’s left to do is import the contact list on your new phone.

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46 thoughts on “How to backup Android contacts

  1. Errr Save all your phones information with Errr Google Errr No Thanks.
    FIGHT FOR YOUR PRIVACY DON’T MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM TO STEEL YOUR PRIVET INFO.
    of coarse we wont share your info doh we sell it on instead and make profiles of everyone

  2. Hello everyone, i just lost my samsung s3 to a snatcher last night. I’m not too sure if I did activate the security and backup options, although it is registered with my gmail account. Pls, can someone teach me on what to do to track or block the phone and how to recover my contacts and sms on it. Thanks

  3. Thanks … works perfect…

  4. doesn’t work

  5. go to contact list, tap menu button and chose export, “Export to .vcf” than just open to other android phone and all contact are imported

  6. You are talking about syncing contacts,and not backing them up.
    Backing up contact is a different story then just starting using all of them in gmail(and making a mess)

    • Well, if you sync your contacts to Gmail are they not per definition backed up ?

      • Technically drazen is right. There is plenty of free apps (“super back up” works for me) for backing up. But i assume syncing is what most people are looking for since if you update them in your phone (delete or add) wouldnt you want your “backed up” list to be updated as well?

      • No. If you delete a contact from your phone, you won’t be able to restore it from your Gmail because, being in ‘sync’, it will have been deleted there too. A ‘backup’ will be independent of the source ;)

        • If you delete something from Gmail sync you have 30 days to restore it there (info @gmail help).
          But it still doesn’t make gmail backup work for me. Have had to use vcf export. ;P

  7. Samsung G3

    Open contacts
    select menu
    select Merge with google

    All contacts backing up to google

  8. go to contacts
    import/export
    share namecard via
    select all
    (via) gmail
    email to self.
    Open email
    merge

  9. I have the LG g2 mobile phone and i cannot make my new contacts sync to my Gmail account. Although the box in backing up data is ticked, new contacts are only saved in my phone. any thoughts?

  10. ok leme mention soon ill format my cell n share my past experiances….
    i gues xport contacts in sd card has limitations…
    dont know weather it bakups email and pics coz i neva recheked but i observed it has max 777 contacts capacity … i tried it alot…
    also google sync has proved bit ineficient…
    on my lasy backup
    i copied all in sd card den google backup..
    fornated
    agn retireved frm sd card and den google sync too!!!!
    basically in any of dez show OVERSMARTNESS of duplicate fix causes chaoes…
    i want a method to bakup SAME TO SAME evn if repeated or whatever cases i have…..
    pls mail me d best possibly method would be really thankfull

  11. tips on samsung galaxy.by default contacts from phone will not be sent to google server even if the sync option enabled.one way sync phone contacts to google contacts is by clicking ‘settings’ on phone contacts then ‘merge account’, and select ‘google account’.all of the phone contacts will immediately synced to google contacts.find it weird to have such flaw on android and its not been fixed any sort of yet

    • Thanks a lot. i was really gone mad as contacts were not getting sync with gmail in any way.but thanks to your comment and guideline every thing sorted out.hope you will be there for always to guide.

  12. Is there a way to backup only those contacts from Android to Gmail that have phone numbers ? And similarly sync from Gmail contacts to Android only those having phone numbers ? My gmail has lots of contacts but majority of them do not have phone numbers, only email-id.

    Let me know if there is a way, Thanks.

  13. Thank you for your sharing, really like it! And personally, i also use other tool to help me backup up my Android data, including contacts, and more! The one i used most is a tool named iPubsoft, it provides smooth experience!

  14. I’ve a touch viva t2223:-
    1. Cannot connect to the services provider
    2. Procedures of backing up my contacts

  15. My Samsung S3 contact already backup in gmail account. I wonder will the phone constantly update the backup, whenever I add in new contact?

    • If you did not have to do anything to get your contacts synced with your Gmail account your phone is probably set to do so automatically. To make sure you could just add a thought up contact on your phone and check if it winds up on your Gmail.

  16. Yu shud go to import export option first thn select all d contacts thn it wil pop a window yu selecet GMAIL or the mail yu r using on yur phone.
    Login to yur email a/c. thn click the new email which yu just sent. whn yu open that e mail in the middle a pop will appear sayin merge with contact just click it and yur contact r there. Have fun

  17. It works, thanks a lot :-)

  18. I am already following ur instructions but when I navigate to gmail contacts I found only my gmail list. What could be the reason?

    • Sounds like your contacts has not been synced with your Gmail account. Check out contact settings on your phone. Make sure it is set to sync with Gmail

      • I am going crazy!!!! Only some of my contacts are synced with gmail. I have around 2500 contacts and am having trouble getting my (phone) contacts synced to my gmail account. HELP PLEASE!!!!!!

  19. I lost all my contacts by following your unclear instructions!! Google didn’t back up my contacts. You said they would. I lost all my contacts!!! Please be more clear next time

    • Hi Euj
      I was sad to hear that you lost your contacts. I know this is a pain in the rear. However I fail to see how following this tutorial could possibly make this happen.
      Did you really check that your contacts was backed up in your Gmail account ?

      If you could be a little more spesific I would love to clear up anything unclear in the article.

      Bertil Hansen

  20. Here i introduce another simple method to back up your android contacts. Try to search and download MobileGo in your computer and then connect your mobile with your PC. Open this program, and find the contact menu to start this operation.

  21. I have Samsung galaxs3 the porplem is it can’t do it any update software the android still 4.0.4 how i get it the new one 4.1.2 plz help me thnx

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