Switching your smartphone and losing all the contacts that is stored on your previous device is a problem that probably many of you have encountered on more than one occasion. And it is not a pleasant thing. Although cloud backup services have been able to alleviate this inconvenience to some extent, there are still those who have seen your contacts disappear completely when you go use your new smartphone, and worst of all is unable to retrieve them, as all data from the old device has already been erased.

It’s actually easy to avoid losing contacts when switching between devices Android, just created a backup that safeguards all those important contacts. In this guide, we will explain how to do it step by step as well as the best way to restore the backup on the new device when needed.

Don’t lose your contacts again: this way you can create and restore a backup

First of all, please note that while it is advisable to have a backup of all contacts stored on your SIM card or device, It is even more advisable to have a full backup with all your smartphone data. That said, let’s see how to create a backup of your address book.

Create a backup step by step


On Android, We have several ways to create a backup of contacts. The first is valid only for those who use the Google Contacts app, which is highly recommended as it has useful options such as automatic backup and restore of backups stored in the cloud, organization of contacts through tags, dark theme and even the Access from the browser thanks to its web version. .

  1. Open the contacts app on your smartphone.
  2. Go to the side menu and click on “Settings”.
  3. In the “manage contacts” section, look for the “Export” option.
  4. Select the account where your contacts are stored and click “Export to .vcf file”

This way a file will be generated with the backup of all contacts, which later can be restored on any other Android device.

But if you decide NOT to use the Google contacts app, you can also create a cloud backup through your Google account. These copies are usually set up automatically the first time your Google Account is associated with the device. If you haven’t already done so, you can do this later by following these steps:

  1. Open the System Settings app on the device.
  2. Go to the “Google” section.
  3. Choose the “Backup” option “.
  4. Enable the “Backup to Google Drive” option.

With this option enabled, the device will create backup copies of all stored data, including contacts. So whenever a contact is added, you don’t have to manually add it to the backup, this tool will do it automatically.

Restore all your contacts

It’s time to change your phone and you don’t want to lose your contacts. Fortunately, they now have a copy of the calendar contents, they can restore to any device in just a few seconds. Depending on the alternative they took when backing up the data, the user will have to restore them one way or another.

If you chose to generate a .vcf file you should use the contacts app on the Smartphone, it doesn’t have to be Google’s. These are the following steps:

  1. Save the VCF file generated in the previous process to the internal memory of the new device.
  2. Open the contacts app on your smartphone.
  3. Go to the side menu and click “Settings”.
  4. In the “manage contacts” section, look for the “Import” option.
  5. Select, the VCF file and mark all 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, which includes all the personal information you previously added.

If, on the other hand, they decided to create a backup in Google Drive, the process to restore the calendar will be something different. While generally all data will be restored automatically when your Google Account is associated with your device, you may need to do this manually. These are the steps to follow.

    Open the System Settings app on the device.

  1. Search and access the “Google” section.
  2. Within the “Services” category, click “Restore Contacts”
  3. 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 each time a new one is added, the backup will be updated automatically so they never lose information again. This is undoubtedly the best way to keep contact information secure, since once the copy is set up, they don’t have to do anything else, as long as they keep the same Google account.


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