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How to Backup Contacts on Android? Where Are Contacts Stored?

author Carrie Murray
date Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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How to Backup Contacts on Android with Google Account

It is a convenient way to make sure your contacts are always backed up. Google will constantly sync your contacts, which includes all current contacts, as well as ones you add or delete at any point. Once you have backed up Contacts on Android with Google Account, you will always have your numbers in the cloud and ready for download. In this way, you will no longer be afraid of the sudden failure or damage of your phone and you can also feel free to switch your devices.

Step 1. Go to Settings app > Accounts > Select your Gmail or Google account

Step 2. Go into Account sync and make sure Contacts is checked on

Step 3. Open the Contacts app, and then tap on the 3-line menu button

Step 4. Select Settings > Google Contacts sync settings > Manage Settings > Toggle on Automatically backup & sync device contacts

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How to Export Contacts from Android Phone to PC/Mobile Phone (Recommended)

If you prefer a simpler way to export contacts from Android to PC or another Android phone, you can use a professional data management tool - FonePaw DoTrans, which can transfer your contacts, photos, messages, etc. from Android phone to PC, another Android/iOS device in one click.

Save Contacts from Android to PC

Step 1. Download and install DoTrans on your computer.

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Step 2. Connect your Android phone to the computer with USB cables.

Connect Android Phone

Step 3. Click "Contacts" on the left side. Tick the contacts that you need.

Step 4. If you want to save contacts on the computer, click on the "Export to PC" icon on the top and choose "to CSV File" or "to Vcard File". CSV files can be opened in Excel.

Export Contacts to PC

Tip: If you want to transfer contacts directly to another Android phone, connect the source phone to the computer. Then select the contacts that you need, click the phone icon on the top and select the receiving phone.

How to Export Contacts from Android as VCF Files

You can follow the below steps to export your Android contacts to PC as VCF files without searching through the phone for the contacts storage location.

Step 1. Go to "Contacts" on your Android and open the menu tab.

Step 2. Choose "Import/Export" and tap "Export" > "Internal Storage" to save the contacts as a VCF file in a specific folder of your Android SD card.

Export Contacts from Android Phone

Step 3. Connect your phone to the computer with a matched USB cable.

Step 4. Click on your phone icon on the computer and open the folder where the VCF files are stored. Then you can export the contacts to your computer.

Step 5. Send the VCF file to another Android phone from your computer if needed.

Import Contacts from Android

Where Are Android Contacts Stored

Sometimes you want to find out where contacts on your Android phone are stored when you need to back up contacts from the phone to computer or get back contacts from a broken phone. Here are a few ways to help you find what folder Android contacts are stored and how to export contacts from Android phone, even if the phone is not working.

Contacts App

Part 1: Where Are Contacts Stored on Android (Galaxy S9/S8/S7/S6 and more)

Android phones, such as Samsung Galaxy S10/S9/S8/S7/S6, LG, Pixel, Motorola, usually save contacts in one of the following locations.

1. Android Internal Storage

If contacts are saved in the internal storage of your Android phone, they will be stored specifically in the directory of /data/data/com.Android.providers.contacts/databases/contacts.db. The contacts folder will not be found until the phone is rooted, therefore, you can't easily navigate to the contacts folder as you do with the Pictures or Screenshots folders.

Moreover, contacts in this folder are not saved as VCF files but SQLite 3 files, which need to be opened with a dedicated program, such as SQLiteman, DB Browser for SQLite.

Although it is not easy to access contacts file location on Android, you can easily export contact files from Android to PC or another phone with a helpful transfer program - FonePaw DoTrans.

2. SIM Card

It's possible that your contacts are stored in the SIM card of your Android phone. If your phone goes wrong and would like to back up your contacts, try to take out the card and insert it into another phone. Then go to "Contacts" on the new phone to check whether the contacts are available.

Save Contacts to SIM Card

3. SD Card

If your Android phone is equipped with an SD card, your contacts may be stored on the SD card as well. Take out the card and try it on another phone to check if you can export your contacts from the SD card.

Part 2: Find Contacts from Broken Android

FonePaw Android Data Recovery is designed to get back your Android data, such as Contacts, Messages, Call logs, WhatsApps, Photos, Video & Audio, and Documents from Android devices that are broken and not working properly. Read this related article: How to Recover Contacts on Android [3 Useful Ways]

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