How to Back up Contacts on Android

By Elsie Wesley, Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Generally, contacts/phone book in our Android phone should be the most commonly-used apps, where we can find a certain contact and have a phone call. However, when we force a factory reset, perform an upgrade of the ROM, wrongly operate the phone, or lose it, we probably lose all important contacts in some way. So it is extremely vital to back up contacts on Android so that we can get them back without hassle. In this, we will share two methods to do that. One is Gmail. Another is FonePaw Android Data Backup & Restore.

Method 1: Back Up Contacts via Gmail

Step 1. Move Contacts to Google

Go to your Android phone. Open the contact app. As the screenshot show, you can click the menu button and select "Move device contacts to". In the next screen, choose "Google" > "OK". Your device contacts will be moved to your Google account.

Move Contacts to Google

Step 2. Check Contact Backup

Log in your Google account on a computer. You can see your contact backup there, including names, email, phone numbers, etc.

Check Contact Backup

Method 2: Create Android Contact Backup to PC

Step 1. Install FonePaw Android Data Backup & Restore

Download and install FonePaw Android Data Backup & Restore on your computer. Then install and launch the program. After that, connect your Android phone to the computer and turn on USB debugging mode.

Windows Version Download

Step 2. Select Backup Mode

In this step, you can choose backup mode: Device Data Backup and One-click Backup. The former allows you to select data to back up while the other one will save all of your data in one click.

 Select Backup Mode


Step 3. Choose Phone Number to Save

You can select all data or just some of them. For example, tick Contacts. For phonebook, it is really private so here suggest you to back up with a passcode which should be easy for you. If the password is forgotten, the backup will be gone.

Choose Phone Number


Step 4. Backup Android Contacts

The process to back up is not slow and you can pay attention to the progressing bar. When the backup is over, please click OK and have a preview.

Backup Android Contacts


Note: All contacts will be saved in a folder and you can open it with this program. The name, phone number, e-mail, company, birthday, etc. can be checked.

Check Contacts


It is all about backing up contacts on Android with Gmail and FonePaw Android Data Backup & Restore. With the former one, your contacts are stored in your Gmail. When you are going to retrieve it, you need to log in your Gmail and export it. Differently, FonePaw Android Data Backup & Restore backs up your data in your computer. And you can restore all data to another Android phone and tablet in Android 2.3 to Android 8.0.

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