These days thanks to mobile devices such as phones and tablets, most of us probably don’t use a traditional diary in order to save important contacts. With these devices you can save hundreds of contacts without being worried about the order of the contacts, who they belong to or about going through a lot of hassle adding them in the first place.
But what will happen if you lose your mobile phone or if you lose all of your data including your contacts? How can you access your contacts in this situation? The solutions offered below answer these important questions. They will allow you to backup your contacts and restore them regardless of the situation which caused you to need to do so.
Solution One: Backup To Sim Card
By having a backup of your contacts on your SIM card you can keep your contacts when you do a factory reset or if you lose all of the data that was stored on your mobile phone. In order to make a backup on your SIM card you can use the app Contact2Sim. Using this app or a similar one seems to be the best option as not every device supports exporting to the sim card out of the box.
With Contacts2Sim, you will notice 2 tabs. One displays the contacts on our device and the other displays the contacts on your sim card.
In order to transfer your contacts from your phone to your sim card, press the button with the 3 vertical dots located in the bottom right of your screen and select Copy missing to SIM.
Solution Two: Using Google Account
Backing up the contacts stored on your Android device to a Google Account is the most secure, economic and convenient method for rainy days. This method is much more secure than the previous method, as if you lose your mobile phone and your SIM card you will still have access to your contacts.
In this method you will need to add a Google account on your device. To setup your Gmail on an Android phone, the following steps must be done.
- Open the setting menu and go to Accounts on your device.
- Touch Google to add your Google account. Then you will be prompted to sign in.
Follow the prompts and after successfully adding your Google Account hit the Google icon in Accounts and turn Sync Contacts on.
Now you have successfully synced your contacts to your Google Account. With this you will always have access to your contacts on every device that is synced with your Google Account and they will be accessible even if you were to lose all of your data.
Solution Three: Saving Contacts on your PC
Having a backup of your Android device’s contacts on your PC is an alternative way to protect your contacts if you lose your contact data. In order to make a backup to your PC, first go to your Contacts.
Select the icon with the 3 dots in the top right hand corner of the screen.
Then select Import/ Export contacts and choose Export to .vcf file.
You have the option of saving the .vcf file to a location of your choice on your android device as seen from the screenshot below.
You can now connect your mobile to your PC via USB and save the .vcf file to the computer.
To sum up, saving all of your contacts to your android device without making a backup is quite risky. In this regard, it is highly recommended to make a backup. In this article three methods of carrying out a backup have been illustrated.
The second method seems to be the most viable option however. With the second method, any update made to your contacts will be automatically reflected on your Google account. With first or the third method you will need to update the backups manually.
Furthermore, with the second method your contacts will be safe and secure as long as nobody(except you) knows the password of your Google account, while the backup contacts in other method can be easily accessible by others if they access your SIM card data or your PC.
Although the second method is quite convenient it wouldn’t hurt to also make another backup using one of the other 2 methods in case you are unable to access your Google account for some reason.