“I lost all my contacts” is a very common complaint even in the era of smartphones and cloud storage. But although it sounds silly and even unbelievable at times, the fact is that if you or even your child accidentally hit the wrong buttons on the screen, you can accidentally delete all your contacts.
If you have switched to a new phone, lost the phone or it stopped working suddenly, you face the same problem. It happened to almost all of us and will continue to happen to others. The best you can do is to ensure that all your contacts are copied so you can get your life back quickly. Here’s how to do it on any smartphone.
Back up contacts on iPhone
You can back up your iPhone contacts to iCloud or to your computer via iTunes. The iCloud method is simpler but needs Internet access.
Go to Settings -> iCloud.
The switch next to the contacts should be in the green position. This single step will ensure that all your contacts are constantly copied to iCloud. If you format your phone, simply log in to your iCloud account to restore all contacts. If you do not have Internet access, you can still back up contacts through iTunes.
Download and install the latest version of iTunes.
Connect your iPhone to your computer via USB.
Touch the iPhone icon in the upper left corner just below the menu bar.
Tap Information in the left sidebar.
Check the synchronization of contacts.
Select the service with which you want to sync contacts from the drop-down menu. On a Windows machine, we could synchronize with Outlook or with Windows Contacts. The latter takes a local backup on your Windows machine.
After selecting Windows Contacts, click Switch in pop-up to start a backup. This will back up your iPhone contacts to your computer.
Android contacts backup
If you have an Internet connection, follow these steps to back up your contacts on Android.
Go to Settings -> Accounts -> Google.
Tap the account name at the top.
Make sure there is a check mark for Contacts. All your contacts will be copied to your Google account continuously. Please note that exact menu names may vary between different manufacturers and versions of Android. If you do not have Internet access on your phone, follow these steps.
Open the Contacts app.
Touch the three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
Select Import / Export.
Touch Export for storage.
A popup will tell you where your contacts will be exported. Tap Done.
Open the file manager application on your phone. If you do not have one, download ES File Explorer. In the file manager, navigate to the folder where the contacts are stored. If you are not sure, look for vcf and the contacts file will be displayed. Copy this file and store it somewhere safe. If you want to get this set of contacts, you need to use the import function on the contacts to import the data from this file.
How to save contacts on Google with other apps?
Other ways to save your contacts are through third-party apps. Many can automatically back up their contacts by synchronizing their data with the cloud. Whenever you’re backing up your contacts, whether on Google or on any other platform, remember to turn on the option to upload the contacts to a server in the cloud. So, if something happens to your device, you are still insured not to lose your information .
How do you back up your contacts? What applications do they use for this?