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How to Back Up Your Contacts [iOS / Android]

Do you still remember the phone number of an old friend? It’s important for you to back up the contacts on your cellphone so you’ll be able to keep your connection to your family members and friends.

Backing up contacts on your phone is very easy. Follow the step-by-step instructions below, and you’ll know how to do this with just a few taps.

To back up your contacts


In case your contacts are lost…

You should regularly back up your contact in case you lose them. But if this really happened, you can still recover your contacts. To do this, we recommend using PhoneRescue.

PhoneRescue is an easy-to-use yet powerful cellphone data recovery program. It helps you recover most of your personal data, including your contacts, on your iOS or Android device.

To use PhoneRescue

1) Connect your cellphone to your computer.

2) Download and install PhoneRescue on that computer.

3) Run the program and click the left arrow button.

4) Select Contacts, then click the OK button.

5) Wait for the scanning process to be complete.

6) Choose to recover your data to your cellphone or to your computer. (You’re required to have a license to recover your data — you’ll be prompted when the scan is complete or you click the buttons in the lower right corner).


If you are using an iOS mobile device (iPhone/iPad)

There are two ways you can back up the contacts on your iPhone or iPad.

i. Back up your contacts using iCloud

1) On your iOS device, open Settings.

2) Tap your name.

3) Tap iCloud.

4) Make sure the Contacts option is enabled (so your contacts will be synced to iCloud).

ii. Back up your contacts using iTunes

1) Download and install iTunes on your computer.

2) Connect your iPhone to a computer with iTunes installed.

3) On that computer, open iTunes.

4) Click the icon of your iPhone/iPad.

5) Click the Back Up Now button, then wait for the backup process to be complete.

This should back up the contacts on your iPhone or iPad.


If you are using an Android mobile device

There are two ways you can back up the contacts on your Android device

i. Save your contacts onto another storage device

1) On your Android device, tap the People or Contacts app.

2) Tap the menu icon, then tap Import/export.

3) Tap Export to storage.

4) Tap OK. This will export a vcf file (a file that contains data of your contacts) to your Android device storage.

5) Connect your Android device to your computer, then copy the vcf file from your device to your computer or any other safe storage device.

This should back up your contacts information. If needed, you can import the vcf file to your Android device to recover your contacts.

ii. Sync your contacts to your Google account

1) On your Android device, open Settings.

2) Tap Google.

3) Select your account.

4) Make sure Contacts is checked.

This helps you back up your contacts automatically to your Google account. These data will be synced to your Android device once you log in the same account on that device.

Hopefully the instructions above helped your back up your contacts. If you have any questions or suggestions, you’re more than welcome to leave us a comment below.

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