How to make a backup of your contacts and how to restore it

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How to make a backup of your contacts and how to restore it


Do you lose your contacts every time you change your mobile This way you can avoid it forever by creating a complete backup of the calendar

Changing mobile and losing absolutely all the contacts we had stored in the previous device is a problem that, probably, many of those present will have had to face on more than one occasion. And it is not something nice, precisely. Although the backup services in the cloud have managed to alleviate this problem to some extent, there are still those who have seen how their contacts disappeared completely when they started using their new mobile phone, and could not recover them since All data from the old device had already been deleted. Me among them.

But the truth is that it is really easy to avoid losing contacts when switching between Android devices, because it is enough to have created a backup that shelter all those important contacts. In this guide we explain how to do it step by step, as well as the best way to restore the backup to the new device when necessary.

Do not lose your contacts again : so you can create and restore a backup

First of all, it is necessary to keep in mind that, although it is advisable to have a backup of all contacts stored on the SIM card or device, It is even more advisable to have a complete backup, with all the mobile data . That said, let's see how to create a backup of the contacts calendar.

Create the backup step by step

On Android, we have several ways to create a backup of contacts . The first one is only valid for all those who use the Google contacts application, highly recommended given that it has useful options such as automatic restoration of backups stored in the cloud, organization of contacts through tags, dark theme and even access from the browser thanks to its web version.

If you already use this application, or decide to start using it from now on, these are the steps to create a backup copy of your contacts :

  1. Open the Contacts app on your mobile.

  2. Display the side menu and click on "Settings".

  3. In the "Manage contacts" section, look for the "Export" option.

  4. Select the account where contacts are stored, and click on “Export to .vcf file”


In this way, will generate a file with the backup of all contacts , which can then be restored to any other Android device.

great G , for whatever reason, you can also create a backup in the cloud through your Google account. Normally, these copies are set automatically the first time the Google account is associated with the device. If you have not done so, it is possible to perform this process later by following these steps:

  1. Open the System Settings application on the device.

  2. Search and access the "Google" section.

  3. Go to the "Backup" option.

  4. Activate the “Backup on Google Drive” option.


With this option enabled, the device will create automatic backup copies of all stored data, including contacts in the calendar . Thus, each time a contact is added, it will not be necessary to add it manually to the backup copy, but this tool will take care of it automatically.

Restore all your contacts

It's time to change your mobile, and you don't want to lose contacts. Luckily, now you have a copy of your agenda safe, which you can restore on any device and in just a few seconds. Depending on the alternative you have followed when backing up the data, you will have than restore them in one way or another.

If you have chosen to generate a .vcf file, you must use the Contacts application on your mobile - it doesn't have to be Google's -. These are the steps to follow:

  1. Store the VCF file generated in the previous process in the internal memory of your new device.

  2. Open the Contacts app on your mobile.

  3. Display the side menu and click on “Settings”.

  4. In the "Manage contacts" section, look for the "Import" option.

  5. Select the VCF file, and mark all those contacts you want to restore.


And that's it! After a few seconds, the restoration will be completed and all contacts will be available on the new device , including all personal information that was previously added.

If, instead, you have decided to create a backup on Google Drive where your contacts are stored , the process to restore the calendar will be something different. While all data will usually be restored automatically when you associate the Google account with the device, you may have to do it manually. These are the steps to follow.

  1. Open the System Settings application on the device.

  2. Search and access the "Google" section.

  3. Within the "Services" category, click on "Restore contacts"

  4. Choose the account from which you want to restore contacts, as well as the device on which the backup was created.


When the process is finished, all contacts will be restored to the calendar , and every time a new one is added, The backup will be updated automatically so you never lose information again. This is, without a doubt, the best way to keep information about contacts safe, since once the copy has been set up, nothing more will have to be done when changing devices, as long as you continue using the same account of Google. Also, keep in mind that if you are coming from an iPhone, the process to transfer contacts to Android is somewhat different.

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