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 is turned on by default. When you log into your Google account on your new phone, it should sync your data automatically. But, if you want to manually synch your contacts or export them into a separate file, then upload them to Google yourself, here's how.

How to Sync Contacts to Google Account Manually

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

  1. Open your smartphone's Settings.

  2. Tap Accounts

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

  4. Tap Account sync > More (the 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. Tap Menu > Settings > Export.

  3. If you have multiple accounts, choose which one you want to export contacts from.

  4. Tap Save to download the .vcf file.

    Screenshots depicting how to export contacts on an Android phone
  5. Once you have that file, you'll 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 tap Settings > Import > .vcf file.

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

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