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How to back up contacts to your Google Account


Managing contacts is as old as phones themselves. If your first handset wasn’t a smartphone, you probably remember manually transferring all contacts from phone to phone or asking everyone for their numbers over and over again.

Luckily, these days are long gone. Technology advancements usually make many things easier for us, and so they do the way we manage contacts. Nowadays, you just need a Google account, and all your contacts will go with you. No matter how many phones you change.

The process of transferring all your contacts to your Google account is quite simple and straightforward. So, if you haven’t already, I’m sure you won’t have a hard time backing up your contacts to your Google account.

How to back up contacts in Android

Backing up your contacts to your Google account is the easiest way of keeping all your contacts in check. For this, you only need to be signed in to your Google account on your phone.

Plus, once you enable the contact sync, it will always back up your contacts, so there’s no need to repeat the procedure every time you create a new contact. Just enable the sync, and rest assured that all your contacts are permanently synced an safe.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Accounts > Google (your email address).
  3. Tap Account sync.
  4. Make sure Contacts are enabled.

That’s it. Now all your contacts are stored in your Google account, so you can access them anywhere, not just from your phone. It’s certainly a step forward from manual transferring we had to deal with just 10 years ago.

How to export your contacts to your Google Account

If you want to export your contacts from your Google account, so you can, for example, upload them to another account, Google’s got you covered.

All you need for exporting your contacts is Google’s Contacts app. If you didn’t get this app pre-installed to your phone, go to the Play Store, and download it.

Now, open Contacts, and you’ll see the list of all the contacts stored in your Google account. To transfer your contacts from your Google Account  to your phone, do the following:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Export.
  3. Name the .vcf file and click Save.

If you want to import that .vcf file to another Google account, repeat the procedure above, but go to Import, and select the .vcf file you just saved.

That’s about it. As you can see, it couldn’t be simpler. If you have any comments or additional questions, just let us know in the comments below.


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