How to keep your contacts safe in your Android Device

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If you own an Android phone the last thing you would worry about is losing your contacts after your device got stolen or you want to change your smartphone, Did you know that Google will automatically backup your contacts, app data, call history, and more to Google Drive. This is turned on by default?

All you need to do is to log into your Google account on your new phone on your android’s play store, it should sync your data automatically. But, if you want to manually sync your contacts or export them into a separate file, then upload them to Google yourself, here’s how.

Please note that you need data or be connected to Wifi to perform this task.

Manually syncing refreshes your account data for all Google apps, including ones that have auto-sync turned off.

  • Open your smartphone’s Settings.
  • Tap Accounts
  • If you have multiple accounts, tap the one you want to update.
  • Tap Account sync > More  > Sync now.

You can also take the contacts stored on your device or SIM card and export them into a .vcf file (Virtual Contact File). This will let you import those contacts to a new phone.

  1. Open the Contacts app on your Android phone.
  2. Tap Menu > Settings > Export.
  3. If you have multiple accounts, choose which one you want to export contacts from.
  4. Tap Save to download the .vcf file.

To upload your saved .vcf file to a new phone:

  • Open the Contacts app and tap Settings Import > .vcf file.
  • In the Downloads manager, tap the Menu icon and navigate to where you saved the file (Google Drive, an SD card, etc.).
  • Once you tap the .vcf file, Google will automatically import the data to your phone.

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