How to backup and export Google Android contacts before you lose your smartphone

When you save contacts to an Android phone, you are saving a valuable list of contacts that you’ll need thought the course of your personal and professional life.

So how do make a backup copy in the same way you can backup case you want to change Smartphone, flash your smartphone or your phone gets stolen? After all you can make a backup of your Gmail account (Deer, 2014, April 22), physical backup of you files on CD or DVD (Deer, 2013, September 13) using the cloud preferably (Deer, 2013, August 13), so why not your smartphone?

You can do this by saving your contacts to your Google Android account (Brewis, 2015, January 20), which was the email login and password you created when you signed up your Android smartphone. This can be done both for:

  • New contacts
  • Saved contacts

For New contacts, as in someone who just called you and you want to save their number, do the following:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Choose the People app
  3. Click the Plus sign
  4. Under Contact type choose Google
  5. Fill in the remaining details
  6. Click Done

This is as shown below.


For Saved contacts on your Google Android smartphone, the procedure is a little different:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Choose the People app
  3. Click on the three vertical dots for the menu
  4. Choose Manage contacts

Again, this is as shown below.


You can also copy contacts from one email account to another as well as import/export contacts and even remove duplicate contacts. You can also manage your blocked contacts (Deer, 2016, October 29) here as well.

Once your contacts are saved, you can go to your Google Account online on any browser on a PC or laptop browser and view them at the following link:

Exporting your Google Contact List – Jumping ship is now easier

The nice advantage of keeping a copy of your Google android smartphone contacts is that you can edit the information.


You can add or remove (Deer, 2016, October 29) missing information to your contact list as follows:

  • Address
  • Birthday
  • Email addresses
  • Notes
  • Phone numbers
  • Photo
  • Website address

You can also convert your contact list other file types for exporting:

  • Google CSV format for exporting to other Google Accounts
  • vCard format for exporting to other Apple iPhones
  • Outlook CSV format for windows Phone and Microsoft Outlook

To export your contacts, follow the steps below:

  1. Select the contacts in you want to export
  2. Choose More
  3. Choose Export contacts
  4. Choose a format
  5. Click Export

Yet another graphic shows how this is done.


All wonderful as this makes jumping ship all the more easier, bringing your contacts with you wherever you go in case you want to change Smartphone, flash your smartphone or your phone gets stolen!


  1. Brewis, M. (2015, January 20). How to put phone contacts on a PC: Access your Android phone contacts without your smartphone or add them to another application. Retrieved from
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  5.  Deer, L. (2014, April 22). How to backup your Gmail Email should disaster Strike. Retrieved from

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