Back up Android contacts

Looking for a way to back up Android contacts? The days of manually transferring all contacts from phone to phone or telling your friends on Facebook to send their digits are long gone. There are multiple ways to back up your Android contacts. Some are convenient and some are convenient, but don’t worry — we’re here to help you find the best method.

Let’s get started.

Something to keep in mind: Device manufacturers will often organize and name settings differently. Some of the step-by-step instructions in this post may be different from those in your smartphone.


Back up Android contacts to your Google account

This is the easiest and most convenient way to make sure your contacts are always backed up. Because Google owns Android, its services are very well integrated with the popular mobile operating system. One of the many benefits you can enjoy is saving your contacts to Google’s servers.

If you decide to go this route, your contacts will be periodically added to your Google account. This includes all current contacts, as well as whichever you add in the future. Whether your phone suddenly gets destroyed, stops working, or you need to switch devices, those who back up Android contacts to their Google accounts will always have their numbers in the cloud and ready for download.

  1. From your Android device, go to the Settings app.
  2. Select the “Accounts” option.
  3. Look for your Gmail or Google account. Select it.
  4. Make sure “Contacts” is checked. It could also be labeled as “People.”

Back up Android contacts using an SD card or USB storage

Back up Android contacts

Some people like things the old fashioned way, or maybe some just don’t trust the cloud. This is why using external storage to back up Android contacts is another main way to keep your numbers safe and sound. This could be done with an SD card or any USB storage device.

  1. Open your “Contacts” or “People” app.
  2. Hit the menu button and go into “Settings.”
  3. Select “Import/Export.”
  4. Select where you want your contact files stored.
  5. Follow instructions.

Back up Android contacts to your SIM card

Back up Android contacts

If you are switching devices, but plan to keep the same SIM card, this method might be just the thing.

  1. Open your “Contacts” or “People” app.
  2. Hit the menu button and go into “Settings.”
  3. Select “Import/Export.”
  4. Select “SIM card.”
  5. Follow instructions.

Back up Android contacts using a 3rd party app

A plethora of 3rd party apps make it simple to back up Android contacts. There’s Titanium Backup, Easy Backup, Super Backup Pro, and many more.


Now you are ready to switch devices and have prepared yourself for unexpected losses. Hit the comments to let us know which is your favorite method! Are there any we didn’t list here?

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