How to Backup Contacts to Google

Don't lose your contacts when you get a new phone

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If you own an Android phone, Google will automatically backup your contacts, app data, call history, and more to Google Drive. This feature is turned on by default. When you log into your Google account on a new phone, it will sync your data automatically. If you want to manually sync your contacts or export them into a separate file, you can upload the data to Google yourself.

How to Sync Contacts to Google Account Manually

Manual syncing refreshes your account data for all Google apps, including ones that have auto-sync turned off.

  1. Open your smartphone's Settings.

  2. Select Accounts

  3. If you have multiple accounts, select the one you want to update.

  4. Select Account sync > More (three vertical dots) > Sync now.

    Screenshots depicting how to manually sync Google contacts

How to Backup Contacts on Android by Exporting Them

You can take the contacts stored on your device's hard drive or SIM card and export them into a .vcf file. This will let you import those contacts to a new phone.

  1. Open the Contacts app on your Android phone.

  2. Select Menu > Settings > Export.

  3. If you have multiple accounts, choose the one from which you would like to export your contacts.

  4. Select Save to download the .vcf file.

    Screenshots depicting how to export contacts on an Android phone
  5. Once you have the .vcf file, you will need to store it in a safe place, either on removable storage like a SIM or memory card, or in the cloud via services like Google Drive or Gmail.

How to Import Contacts From a .VCF File

To upload your saved .vcf file to a new phone:

  1. Open the Contacts app and select Settings > Import > .vcf file.

  2. In the Downloads manager, select the Menu icon and navigate to where you saved the file (Google Drive, a SD card, etc.).

  3. Once you select the .vcf file, Google will automatically import the data to your phone.