Software & Apps Google Drive How to Backup Contacts to Google Don't lose your contacts when you get a new phone by Stefanie Fogel Writer Stefanie Fogel has written about technology since 2009. Her work has appeared on Variety, Engadget, Polygon, and many other online publications. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Stefanie Fogel Updated on July 31, 2020 RapidEye / Getty Images Google Drive Docs Sheets Slides Tweet Share Email 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. Open your smartphone's Settings. Select Accounts. If you have multiple accounts, select the one you want to update. Select Account sync > More (three vertical dots) > Sync now. 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. Open the Contacts app on your Android phone. Select Menu > Settings > Export. If you have multiple accounts, choose the one you want to export your contacts from. Select Save to download the .vcf file. 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: Open the Contacts app and select Settings > Import > .vcf file. In the Downloads manager, select the Menu icon and navigate to where you saved the file (Google Drive, a SD card, etc.). Once you select the .vcf file, Google automatically imports the data to your phone.