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 automatically backs up 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 syncs 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. We show you how.

How to Sync Contacts to Google Account Manually

Follow these steps to manually sync your contacts.

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.

    You can manually sync contacts in your Android phone's settings

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 lets 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 you want to export your contacts from.

  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 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 automatically imports the data to your phone.