How To Backup Contacts On Android to Keep Old Friends

Are you switching to a new Android smartphone and want to backup your current contacts? Are you about to install a custom ROM on your Android device and want to backup your existing contacts? Do you want to update your smartphone but are worried that you’ll lose all your contacts? Do you want to backup your contacts for transferring them to all your Android devices?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you don’t need to worry as you can easily backup your contacts in just a couple of minutes.

Using this guide, you’ll learn about various methods to backup contacts on Android. You might face these situations for backing up your contacts:

  • You want to backup contacts easily without installing any third party apps
  • You want to store your contacts online to save up space and to sync contacts on different devices
  • You might want to keep your contacts on your PC if you’re flashing the entire memory on your device
  • You  want to backup contacts to your SIM card and use it in another Android device

The methods mentioned below should help you backup your contacts in all these instances and you can choose the method that best fits your preferences.

Method 1: Contacts App

This is possibly the easiest,  fastest and most reliable method available to backup all your contacts as it comes pre-loaded with most Android devices. You don’t need to install any third party apps and you can backup your contacts in a couple of minutes. The great thing about this method is that it lets you backup your contacts to different places such as your SIM card, USB storage or your internal storage.

This method will vary slightly amongst different Android devices due to different manufacturers, models and firmwares. That being said, the steps below should help you backup contacts on most Android devices.

Step 1

Open the Contacts app on your Android device. Depending on your device’s manufacturer, you might have a different app instead of the default contacts app, such as HTC’s People app.

Step 2

Tap on the Menu button and select Import/Export.

Import Export Contacts

Step 3

Tap on Export to SD card to backup your contacts on the memory card or tap on Export to SIM card for backing up the contacts on your SIM card.

Export Contacts

Step 4

Select the contacts that you want to backup and tap on OK in the Confirm export popup. That’s it! The backup process should now start and it might take a couple of seconds.

Confirm Export

Step 5

For restoring your contacts, tap on the Import from SD card or the Import from SIM card option depending on where you’ve backed up the contacts.

Method 2: Wondershare MobileGo

Wondershare MobileGo is a popular Android data manager that lets you perform various functions on your Android device using your PC. Not only is this an excellent app for making entire backups of your device, but MobileGo also lets you transfer photos, videos and music between your Android device and your PC.

You can also send/receive messages, transfer Outlook contacts, convert music and videos, sync your Android device with iTunes, manage voice calls and manage apps on your Android device. The only downside of this method is that you need a PC and a USB connection with your PC to backup contacts. That being said, if you’re looking for a complete backup utility and Android data manager, then this is probably your best option.

Step 1

Download and install Wondershare MobileGo on your PC. You can download the app through Wondershare’s official website.

Step 2

Open the app on your PC and connect your Android device to your PC using a micro USB cable. Wait for the app to recognize your device and it should appear under the Devices tab once connected.

Step 3

Click on your device name and select the One-Click Backup option.

MobileGo Homescreen

Step 4

Select Contacts by clicking on the checkbox next to it. You can also select other content, such as messages, photos and call logs.

MobileGo Contacts

Step 5

Tap on the Browse button and select the directory where you want the contact files to be saved on your PC.

MobileGo Browse

Step 6

Tap on the Backup button. That’s it! The app should now start backing up all your contacts and it might take a while, specially if you have a lot of contacts.

MobileGo Backup

Step 7

For restoring your contacts, click on Tools under the options available for your device and select the Restore option.

MobileGo Tools

Step 8

Click on the checkbox next to Contacts and click on the Restore button.

MobileGo Restore

Method 3: Backing Up Online

This method focuses on backing up your contacts online through your Google account. This is the perfect method if you have a lot of contacts and want to save up some space on your internal storage. The great thing about this method is that you don’t actually have to follow it whenever you want to backup your contacts as this is just a one time setup and your contacts backup will keep on updating automatically whenever you edit, delete or add a contact.

You do need an internet connection and a Google account for backing up and restoring contacts. Not only can you restore the backed up contacts on your Android device, but you can access your contacts on different devices, including your PC  by just going to the official Gmail web page and logging in with your account details.

Step 1

Open the Settings app on your Android device and tap on Accounts & Sync. On some Android devices, you might find Accounts instead of Accounts & sync and it might be a separate tab instead of an option.

Accounts Android

Step 2

Tap on Add an account and select Google from the list of available options.

Google Account

Step 3

Login with your Google account details. You should now get a Sync settings screen.

Step 4

Make sure that Sync Contacts is enabled by ticking the checkbox next to it. That’s it! Your contacts should now backup automatically whenever you’re connected to the internet and you can find them when you login to your Gmail account. If you want to restore the contacts on your new Android device, you simply need to login with your Google account details and your contacts will be automatically restored on the new device.

Sync Contacts

Method 4: Super Backup: SMS & Contacts

Super Backup is one of the most downloaded backup apps available on the Google Play store. Receiving millions of downloads, this is the perfect app if you want additional features to backup your contacts, without using your PC. Super Backup is one of the fastest backup utilities available for Android and it lets you create backups of your contacts, apps, app data, messages, bookmarks and call logs.

Aside from the basic backup features, the app also lets you backup specific conversations from your messages app. You can also create scheduled backups, send these backups via email and restore multiple apps at once. If you’re looking for an all-in-one backup app, then this is possibly the most ideal choice. For contact backups, the app not only backs up numbers and names, but also backs up contact images and groups.

Step 1

Download and install Super Backup: SMS & Contacts on your Android device. You can get the app through the Google Play button below.


Step 2

Open the app and tap on Contacts Backup.

Super Backup

Step 3

Type in a name for the backup file and press the Ok button.

Super Backup Rename

Step 4

The backup should now start and once completed, you’ll get a Backup completed popup asking if you want to send it to your email account. Tap on Not Now or press the Send button to send it to your email account.

Step 5

For creating scheduled backups, tap on the Settings icon and select Schedule Settings.

Super Backup Settings

Step 6

Tap on Regular Contacts Backup and select your desired schedule time. That’s it!

Super Backup Schedule

Step 7

For restoring the backup, go to your Contacts or People app and select the Import/Export opttion.


Having a backup feature on Android is crucial even if you’re not a developer. Your Android device can be affected by a virus that might delete all the data on your device or your device’s storage might get corrupt. Whatever the reason, you should make a backup of all your contacts just in case, as it might get frustrating to create individual contacts when you lose all your contacts. Whether you’re about to install a custom ROM or you want to update your Android device, the methods mentioned above should work with most Android devices. You might even be interested in the best backup apps or even how to backup your apps.

Method 1 is perfect if you just want to create a basic backup of your contacts and Methods 2 and 4 are perfect if you want additional features and want to backup other data as well. Backing up your contacts online through your Google account is also an effective method, specially if you use internet regularly on your Android device or if you want to keep your backups updated automatically. Whichever method you choose, make sure that you follow all the instructions to backup contacts on Android properly and feel free to shoot any questions below!


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