how to backup contacts to google contacts

Google Contacts has always let users backup and sync contacts to their Google account across devices on Android. However, if you had contacts saved to the device’s storage locally, the app wouldn’t sync those contacts. This meant that in cases where users lose their phone’s data for some reason, they lose those local contacts as well. The ability to move contacts from the local memory to a Google account has always been cumbersome.

Back up & sync device contacts

Back up & sync device contacts by saving them as Google contacts:

  • On your Android phone or tablet, open the "Settings" app.
  • Tap Google and then Settings for Google apps and then Google Contacts sync and then Also sync device contacts and then Automatically back up & sync device contacts.
  • Turn on Automatically back up & sync device contacts.
  • Pick the account you’d like your contacts to be saved in. Your contacts can only be automatically saved to one Google Account. 

Tip: You can’t back up contacts to a child’s account or a G Suite account (one you use for work or school).

This is the easiest and most convenient way to make sure your contacts are always backed up. Because Google owns Android, its services are very well integrated with the popular mobile operating system. One of the many benefits you can enjoy is saving your contacts to Google’s servers.

Google will constantly sync your contacts. This includes all current contacts, as well as ones you add or delete at any point. Whether your phone suddenly gets destroyed, stops working, or you need to switch devices, those who back up Android contacts to their Google account will always have their numbers in the cloud and ready for download.

  • From your Android device, go to the Settings app.
  • Select the Accounts option.
  • Look for your Gmail or Google account. Select it.
  • Go into Account sync.
  • Make sure Contacts is checked on.
  • Open the Contacts app.
  • Tap on the 3-line menu button.
  • Select Settings.
  • Hit Google Contacts sync settings.
  • Under Also sync device contacts, select Manage Settings.
  • Toggle on Automatically backup & sync device contacts.


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