How To Export and Import Android Phone Contacts in Simple Steps

Written by Pavan Kumar on May 23, 2011


It is always recommended to have a backup of the contacts and other details on mobile phone. But taking backups is not very easy if you are not aware of the proper ways to do it. We shall see how to take backup and restore mobile phone contacts on an Android phone.

Almost every mobile phone comes with a device management software to connect with the computer. Taking backup with that software is the easiest way. But the procedure described here does not require a computer or any software/apps and the backup file can be generated on the SD card of the phone.

Backup Android phone contacts on memory card

These are the steps to follow in order to take a backup of contacts on the phone.

Open Contacts > Menu > More > Import / Export

Android phone contact import export menu

A new popup will appear with options for Import from SD card or Export to SD card. Click on Export to SD card and it will create a new VCF file in the SD card. The file name and location will be available on the next dialog.

Backup restore contact option

Restore contacts from SD card

Follow the same procedure as above to open the popup for Import / Export. Choose Import from SD card. One more popup will now open asking for the account for which you want to create the contacts. You can create contacts under any of those. If you are not sure, its better and recommended to create under your Google account. If the phone is not configured for a Google account, you can choose the option Phone which will create local contacts on the phone.

Restoring mobile phone contacts

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    Pavan Kumar completed Engineering in Electronics and Communication in the year 2008. He is very enthusiastic and keen to work on different aspects of computer, internet and mobile related fields. The articles here reflect his creativity. This blog was started as a showcase of solutions for different problems and today it has got a good reputation in the blogosphere. Read More...

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