How to Backup Contacts on Android [Guide]

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Backup Contacts On Android: Changing to a newer phone could be exciting and but a Lil challenging as well. It is because setting up a new device is a difficult task and the first part of that is save the phone numbers and contact info of all the people that you talk to on your new device.

How to Backup Contacts on Android

Google offers a technique to backup contacts. Google Play is full of a third-party app for backing up contacts to restore later.

In this guide, we’ll discuss some easy ways to backup contacts on android and helps you stay prepared for the next time you port to a new device.

Back up using Android sync

Step 1:

Open Settings.

Step 2:

Visit the System.

Step 3:

Click on Backup.

Step 4:

Toggle the ‘Back up to Google Drive‘ switch to ON.

Step 5:

Then Go back to Settings.

Step 6:

Click on Accounts.

Step 7:

Click on your Google account.

Step 8:

Click on Account sync.

Step 9:

Press the toggle next to Contacts and turn it ON.

Your contacts will now be automatically backed up on your Google account from time to time.

Export VCF using Contacts app

Step 1:

Firstly, open the Contacts app.

Step 2:

Now click the hamburger menu at the top left.

Step 3:

Click on Settings.

Step 4:

Under the ‘Manage contacts‘ section, click on Export.

Step 5:

Grant permission to the Contacts app by clicking Allow.

Step 6:

Select the destination where you want your contact backup saved.

  • Downloads folder: By default, the Downloads folder appears to save the contacts in VCF format. Clicking on Save will then store the VCF file in this folder.
  • Another folder on the phone: If you do not want to save the file in the Downloads folder, you can then change that by clicking the 3-dot menu at the top right and choosing Show Internal Storage. From there, you can click on the hamburger icon at the top left, navigate to the location you want to save the file to and tap the Save button at the bottom right.
  • Google Drive: Except for storing the contacts backup locally, simply save the file online and what better way to do it than on Google Drive. Click on the hamburger menu on the top left and select Drive. Now navigate to the desired location on Google Drive and click on Save.

While these two methods from above can work perfectly. You can also select a third-party app to back up all your contacts if you forgot the password to your Google account.

Back up using Super Backup & Restore

Step 1:

Simply download and install the Super Backup & Restore app from Google Play.

Step 2:

Then Open Super Backup & Restore.

Step 3:

Allow storage permissions to the app by clicking on Allow.

Step 4:

Click on the 3-dot menu at the top right.

Step 5:

Press Settings.

Step 6:

Click on the Backup path.

Step 7: 

Choose the path of the folder you want to backup your contacts to.

Step 8: 

Look at the app’s main screen.

Step 9:

Click on Contacts. A prompt appears asking you to grant access to your contact list.

Step 10: 

Press Allow.

Step 11: 

Select which contacts to backup.

  • Backup all: This choice creates a backup of all the contacts saved on your phone.
  • Backup contacts with phone numbers: You can save a contact with a user name or info. This dejunks your current contact list by avoiding those contacts which have an email ID listed inside them.
Step 12:

Now rename the VCF file according to your choice by clicking on the file name.

Step 13:

Click on Ok to save the backup.

Back up using Contact Backup

Step 1:

Firstly, Download and install the Contact Backup app from Google Play.

Step 2:

Then Open Contact Backup.

Step 3:

On the app’s home screen, choose Backup.

Step 4:

Allow the app contacts permission by clicking on Allow. In the next screen, you will be given options for how you want to save the contact info.

Step 5: 

Choose where you want to save the contacts by selecting an option from Backup Destination:

  • Email: Emailing the backup can only be done when the backup is saved in VCF format.
  • Device Memory: By choosing the Device memory as your backup destination, you can save the contacts backup within the internal/external storage of your phone. Choosing this choice lets you save contacts in PDF format in addition to the VCF option.
  • Print: By checking the Print box, you can directly print a list of your contacts and the output file will be saved as PDF.
Step 6:

Click on the Backup button at the bottom.

Step 7:

Allow the app storage permission by clicking on Allow.

Step 8:

If you want to send the contacts to another device by email or SMS, then do this:

  • Head back to the app’s home screen.
  • Click on Contact Share
  • Click Send.

Back up using OEM software

This Android-based software comes with its own tools having a contact backup method. If your phone is running on One UI, OxygenOS and others, you can backup your contacts without needing to download third-party software to do the same.

Samsung’s Contacts App

Step 1:

firstly, open Samsung’s Contacts app.

Step 2:

Click on the 3-dot menu at the top right.

Step 3:

Click on Manage Contacts.

Step 4:

Under the Manage Contacts page, choose Import/Export Contacts.

Step 5:

Click on Export.

Step 6: 

Select the location to save your contact file Internal storage or external storage.

Step 7:

Press Export.

OnePlus Switch

Step 1:

At first, Download and install the OnePlus Switch app from Google Play.

Step 2: 

Open the OnePlus Switch app.

Step 3:

Allow all the permissions that the app asks for.

Step 4: 

Follow the instructions for the initial setup as shown on the screen.

Step 5:

Once the setup is complete, tap on the Backup and Restore option at the bottom.

Step 6:

Choose New Backup in the next window.

Step 7:

Select Contacts by checking the box adjacent to it. Additionally, you can back up data for Call Logs, Messages, Notes, Pictures, Audio, Video, Launcher, and Applications.

Step 8:

Tap on Backup Now to start the process. Your contacts will now be backed up.

MIUI Contacts app on Xiaomi phones

Step 1:

At first, Open Settings.

Step 2:

Then click on System apps.

Step 3:

Choose Contacts from the list.

Step 4:

Then click on Import/Export contacts.

Step 5:

Select where to save your contacts to:

  • Export to storage: Click on this to export and save the VCF file on your internal or external storage.
  • Export to SIM: By clicking here, you can export your contacts to your SIM card but make sure that the capacity of the SIM card will be limited.

Conclusion:

Here is a complete guide on backup contacts on android. For further queries and questions let us know in the comment section below!

Till then! Keep Smiling 🙂

Also Read: Back-Up Samsung Galaxy Android phone

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