A lot of people do backup contacts on their Android, but doing it the wrong way can make you lose everything in seconds. I can help you to avoid making the same mistakes I made.
Backing up contacts on your Android is as important as saving pictures on your SD card(if your device has one).
Our contacts are one of the most important stuffs on our Android phones. We literally need the contacts to make calls, send text messages, connect on social media and other stuff.
We just can’t do without contacts unless the Android phone is just for watching movies, playing audio or for core entertainment.
Contacts are very important and like your email messages, it’s good to save them properly.
This is why people who loss their smartphone will always be concerned about the contacts, how they can’t retrieve it and other issues. Same like your SIM card, the contacts are just too important.
Most people who have Android devices don’t know how to completely save their contacts online and offline and always have it at a click. Those who do backups, a few do it the wrong way.
In this post, we are going to look at the best and easiest ways backup/retrieve google backed-up contacts. Even if you accidentally deleted your contacts the way I did some time ago, you can still retrieve your contacts and smile again.
Lets see the various ways we could backup/restore contacts on our Android phones and SIM cards without betrayal.
Backing Up Contacts On Android The Right Way
If you are set like my friend who has 4000 business contacts to backup, then let’s look at how it’s easy to backup contacts on our Android without a hit and miss.
Backup To SD ¦ Offline Backup
Backing up contacts on our Android to SD card is one of the easiest, most efficient and underestimated method of saving our contacts.
Like web hosting geeks will tell you, don’t always keep your database file online, download an offline copy and save it on your personal computer or flash drive.
Most hosting companies always have a steady backup of your important files and you can save them offline.
Lets see why backup of contacts to SD is a must.
- Backing up contacts to your SD is one of the safest ways to preserve your contacts.
- It’s offline and can be accessed anytime, provided the SD card is available.
- It can be transferred easily to other devices.
- Easy restore of contacts on several phones due to the compatible file format.
Make sure you backup your Android phone contacts to your SD card before anything else.
Lets quickly see how to backup our Android phone contacts to SD card.
Most devices have a pre-installed tool to backup contacts as well as other user data to the SD alone.
Go to your app drawer and find the backup app. Open it and select contacts in the list of available items to backup.
Once done, click the button to initiate the process and give it a file name when its done.
For other devices without the backup and restore app, we got the Contacts Import/Export feature. Here’s what to do.
- Open your contacts/phone app
- Click on Settings or the 3 dotted icons at the top, depending on your UI
- Once it’s open, click on Import/Export
- Now its the next and most important step. Click on Export to storage or Export to SD card, depending on your device.
- Then accept any prompt, and your contacts will be backed up safely in your SD card in a very friendly format, .VCF
When you have more new contacts, you can just repeat the process.
Restoring backed up contacts on your Android is easy, just like everything on Android is very easy.
To restore contacts on your Android, open your backup and restore app, slide to the restore pane and select the file(contacts) you wish to restore. It will then restore your contacts in seconds.
To restore contacts on Android devices using the Import/Export feature, all you have to do is these;
- Open the contacts app
- Click on Settings or the 3 dotted menu icon
- Select Import/Export
- Select Import from storage and then locate the file(.vcf) you previously saved.
- Its as simple as turning off your phone.
The built-in function on most Android devices for contacts backup always includes an online space to save those important contacts.
Once you setup your Google account, it automatically saves and synchronises your contacts in real time to the cloud. It’s a very nice option.
Other manufacturers now include thier own online contact backup when you add an account to the device. E.g includes Mi Account, Samsung Account etc, like the iCloud on Apple devices.
The account on your device also does a bigger job when it comes to contact backup and restore, mostly seamlessly.
- It needs an Internet connection to work.
- The backup space is practically unlimited. That means you can save as much as you want.
- It synchronises automatically. But you can turn it off or manually control it via the account sync settings on your Android phone.
- It restores each time you add your Google or device account to an Android phone.
So, how do I backup my contacts to Google?
- Add your Google account to the Android phone
- Make sure synchronisation is turned on.
- Once you want to save a new contact, you can choose your Google account and save it there.
- Leave the rest to Google, your contacts are safe.
To restore your contacts, it’s so simple as well. Let’s make it simpler…
- Open your all apps and click on the Settings icon.
- Open the section for Google.
- Scroll down and select Restore Contacts
- Choose your Google account, if you have more than one and then the device you wish to restore its saved contacts.
- You can then restore the contacts you wish. Other details about the total number and backup date is also visible before restore.
You can also access your contacts from anywhere, from any PC or mobile device in the world. Just visit https://contacts.google.com and sign in to your Google account and voila, Contacts!
Backup Contacts To PC
It’s not only possible to backup media files to your PC, you could conveniently backup the contacts on your Android to your PC.
The importance of having a backup of your contacts on PC can’t be over emphasised. Let’s quickly see how easy but chilling it feels to backup your Android phone contacts to the PC.
- Make sure your PC and Android phone is charged.
- You should enable USB Debugging in the Developer Options settings on your phone.
- Install USB drivers of your phone model by connecting it to the computer and accepting any prompt.
- Download Moborobo(my favourite) or any PC software that helps you to manage your device from the computer and install it.
- You can then launch the app and follow the on screen instructions to get going.
It’s easy and swift. You will find other features in the app to be very useful as well.
Hope you get your contacts backed up properly.