Nobody knows when they they might end up with trouble on their Android Phone and lose all their contacts . This thing happened for me twice and thanks to Gmail Contacts merging feature , i was able to easily restore my contacts . Unfortunately not all of the android users are lucky enough , but if you take some precautionary methods beforehand you can easily minimize the risk of losing your contacts from your android phone .
There are many methods by which you can backup your contacts on or off an android phone . Either you can make use of an free app from the android play store or use some of your phone’s inbuilt features to backup your contacts . While i won’t recommend any third party apps that backup you contact data online . Because you don’t know when these apps might end up using your contacts and start sending spam .
In this guide , i am going to guide you through two easy methods by which you can backup your contacts on an android phone . These two methods are :
- Method 1: Backup your Android phone’s Contacts on your Google account.
- Method 2: Using Super backup to backup your contacts .
Note : the first method requires an internet or data connection to function and the second method does require an data connection but it is not necessary .
Follow the instructions below to backup and restore contacts on an Android Phone .
Method 1: Backup your Android phone’s Contacts on your Google account
This is the most easiest method to backup your android phone’s contacts . If you follow this method then all your contacts will be merged with your Google account and they will be automatically restored every time you associate your Gmail account on a new phone. Follow these instructions below to backup your contacts with your Google Account .
Open the contacts app on your Android phone and from the options and select “ merge with Google “ . Its as simple as that and all the contacts from your android phone will be merged with your Google account now . The next time you change your phone , you just need to associate your Gmail account on your Android phone and all your contacts will be automatically updated .
Method 2: Using Super backup to Backup your Contacts and Messages
Super backup does the same job as backing up and exporting your contacts through a .Vcf file , which can be later used to restore your contacts . Although your Android phone already has this feature built in , Super backup provides an additional useful feature for forwarding the contact backup as a mail . Which can be used to keep a backup of your contacts in your email account .
All in all , its a free app and using it is very easy . Further Super backup even allows you to backup SMS messages , Apps , Call logs , Calendars and bookmarks . Follow these instructions to backup your contacts using Super backup .
- Step 1: Install and open the Super Backup app .
- Step 2: Select Contacts backup and on the next screen tap on the backup button .
- Step 3: Now give a name for your contact backup file or otherwise leave it as it is and tap on Ok . Wait for a few seconds till the app creates a backup of your contacts .
- Step 4: Next you will be prompted with an option to send your contact backup as a mail . Tap on OK and select any email app to send your contact backup as a mail .
How to Restore your Contacts on an Android phone
Restoring contacts from a .vcf file is very easy on an Android phone . If you need to restore your contacts backup , simply copy over the .vcf file on your Android phone tap on it to start the contacts importing process . Take a look on the screenshots below .
Although The first method itself is more than enough to backup your Contacts , but if you want to move your contacts to another phone then the second method might come very handy .