It is mandatory to keep a backup of your contacts. If you neglect then you might come around a situation and say “I lost my phone what should I do?” At that time it would be really very difficult to retrieve, and if you don’t use any anti-theft software or link up your mobile to Google then it is just next to impossible. So “Precaution is better than Cure.” Now the big question is How to take my contacts backup from an Android phone.
How to take my contacts backup?
Before explaining the process for taking “my phone contacts backup”, let me make it clear that in the process of explaining the steps I would be answering the questions “How to backup contacts from android”, “How to backup contacts to Google”, “How to backup contacts to PC”, “How to backup contacts to SD card”, and also “How to backup contacts to SIM card”. This post is too explanatory and the reason for this is I want to explain each and every step so that new users can easily understand and can do it on their own.
How to backup contacts from Android phone:
Step 1: Open Contacts list on your Android phone
Step 2: Go to options and select Settings
Step 3: In Settings select Contacts
Step 4: In Contacts select Import/export Contacts
In some Android phones, you find this option directly under Settings. Now you can see a pop-up which displays many options. So you can decide where you want to store the backup my contact list. Selecting Import will get your contacts from storage and selecting Export will send your contacts to storage. As to take ‘my contacts backup’, go for selecting export to storage. You can see three export options.
Step 5: Select Export to device storage if you want contacts backup in your phone memory.
Step 6: Select Export to SD card if you want to take contacts backup on your external memory card.
Step 7: Select Export to SIM card if you wish to back contacts on your SIM memory.
Generally, SIM cards also have memory, but it is very small which ranges from 8KB to 256KB. From this memory, we can store to a maximum of 250 contacts only. So selecting this option will not fulfil your requirement. But instead of wasting this memory you can select some important and personal contacts to store it there which will be always handy.
Say for instance if you have selected Step 6, then you would see a popup message for your confirmation.
Step 8: Selecting OK will export the contacts.vcf file to external SD card.
Once you finish exporting contacts.vcf file check it once in the SD card.
Step 9: To verify go to My Files or File Manager and select All Files under which you can see two options SD card and Device storage.
Step 10: Select SD card in which you can see the exported file “Contacts.vcf”.
You can select one of the three options to backup contacts from steps 5, 6 and 7 and this completes the answer to the above questions “How to backup contacts to SD card”, and “How to backup contacts to SIM card”.
If your aim is to take ‘my contacts backup’ to Gmail or PC then follow the remaining steps.
Step 11: Tick the file Contacts.vcf that you have exported into SD card and press on share icon.
This will give a popup which has many options. You can transfer this file to other devices via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct or even send a message. If you have apps like Dropbox then you can store your contacts backup file in that also, which is a very good option. But in order to backup contacts to Gmail and PC select the icon Gmail.
Step 12: Once you select Gmail option the Contacts.vcf file will be attached and is ready to be sent. Just type your own mail id so that your contacts will also reside in Gmail.
Step 13: Open your mail on your PC so that you also save the Contacts.vcf file in PC which you may require later.
Now to backup contacts to your Google account, proceed to further steps.
Step 14: On your PC open Gmail and as indicated in the image below select Contacts. You will be directed to the contacts page. You can observe that all your contacts are not there. So for this, we have to import contacts.
Step 15: Click on ‘More‘ on the Contacts page. The drop-down menu expands and you can see Import option. Just select that and a popup will be displayed.
Step 16: Select the option CSV or vCard file. You will get another popup saying GO TO OLD CONTACTS. Click on that and you will be redirected to old Google Contacts page.
Step 17: In the redirected page on the left side options click on Import Contacts…, then click on Choose File and select the saved Contacts.vcf file and click on Import button.
Step 18: Hurray!!!! You have successfully taken Contacts backup to your Google account.
In future, if you ever lost your phone and or in a situation to restore back all your contacts into the new phone then go to Step 19.
Step 19: Proceed to your old Google Contacts page and at the top of your contacts you can see More drop down button. Click on that and select Export… option.
Step 20: You will get a pop screen in that select the appropriate options under “Which contacts do you want to export?”, but select vCard format option for the question “Which export format?” and then you can download the Contacts.vcf file which can be stored in your SD card.
Step 21: In your new phone go to contacts and again select Import/Export contacts and there select Import from SD card. Select the file Contacts.vcf and you can see all the contacts back in your new phone.
I hope this will solve your problem to backup contacts from Android phone to device memory / SD card / SIM card / PC / Google or Gmail. If you find this useful and want to help your friends then don’t forget to share.