How to Backup Android Contacts to Gmail/PC

When you want to update or root Android phone, you’d better make a backup so as to prevent data loss. You never know when your shiny gadget decides to break down leaving you in the lurch. So it’s very important for you to create a periodic backup of your Android phone that you can rely on. But how to do backup with simple steps? We’ve just wrote an introduction on backing up SMS on Android, and here we’d like to share two methods to backup contacts on Android.

Method 1. Android Contacts Backup to Gmail

If you want to backup Android contacts to Gmail, you ought to register a Google account first. With it, you can backup your phone data easily. Log into your Gmail account on your Android device where contacts are stored.

  1. Go to your list of apps and tap “Settings”.
  2. Find “Accounts & Syncs” and then tap “Google”.
  3. Tap the Google account you want to sync.
  4. Check “Sync Contacts”.
  5. The contacts will automatically sync but the frequency varies a bit. You can manually sync things whenever you need by tapping Sync now.

Android Contacts Backup to Gmail

Go to your Gmail account to check the synced contacts:

Log into Gmail. In the drop down menu, please click on Contacts. If you saw your contact list from your Android phone there, it means that Google has already backed up your contacts.

Method 2. Backup Contacts from Android to PC

Basically, compared Gmail, backing up Android contacts to PC/computer is a more reliable way. As reported, Some users can’t find their synced contacts on Gmail. Here are two different ways under it, choose one at will.

Way 1: Export Contacts to (USB) Storage

  1. Open Contact list on your Android phone
  2. Go to your contacts menu and select “Import/Export Contacts”
  3. Hit on “Export to storage”. Your Android contacts will be saved as a .vCard file.
  4. Connect your Android phone to PC via a USB cable and drag-drop the vCard file to PC.

Backup Contacts from Android to PC

Way 2: Using Free Android Backup Tool

With Gihosoft Android Backup software, you can backup contacts on your Android phone to computer in HTML file for easy viewing or printing in your browser.

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Step1. Download and Install Gihosoft Android Data Recovery
Go to download Android Data Recovery Free software on your PC and install it.

Step2. Select Contacts to Backup
Launch the software and select “Contacts” on the main interface to backup, then click “Next” to proceed.

Select Contacts to Backup

Step3. Connect Android Mobile to PC.
Please enable USB debugging mode on your Android, when your computer tries to detect your phone, please grant the computer authority to access your Android phone when a message pops up on your phone to ask for.

Step4. Preview and Backup Contacts
After the software scanned and analyzed your phone, the missing and existed contacts will be shown in details. You can preview them first and then click “Recover” to backup contacts from Android to PC.

Preview and Backup Contacts

Gihosoft Free Android Recovery can not only backup/restore contacts on Android but other files like SMS, call history, video, photos and WhatsApp/Viber messages. It’s capable of backing up files from a broad spectrum of Android mobile phones like Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 +/S7/S7 Edge/S6/S6 Edge/Note 5/J7/J5, Google Nexus 6P/5X, HTC 10/M9/A9, Sony, Motorola and Huawei.