Google contacts backup: How to backup and sync contacts on Android mobile, iPhone and PC


It cannot be emphasized enough how important a role Google plays in our daily device and internet activities. From a simple search to creating lengthy Excel and Word files to exchanging emails, Google does it all. The tech giant also offers cloud storage for storing photos, videos, apps and other important data. These include the ability to back up contacts on your device, which you can then access from anywhere you’re signed in to your Goose account. But if you’re wondering how to use such a life-saving feature, we’ve got you covered. In this guide, you will learn how to backup contacts to Google on Android, iOS and PC for easy switching between devices.

What is Google Contacts Backup?

Google Contacts Backup is a way to save and store contacts added on your device to your Google Account or more specifically Google Drive. Once uploaded and stored to your account, these contacts can be accessed from anywhere by signing into your account on a phone, PC, tablet and basically any device that supports internet browsing functionality. Contacts can be backed up manually and automatically from a given device.

Why is it important to backup and sync contacts to your Google account?

There are several ways to store contacts locally on the device. But uploading and backing up these contacts to a cloud service like Google Drive ensures that you have access to the mobile numbers and other contact details of your acquaintances even in unexpected situations. Such cases include your phone being lost, stolen or damaged. When that happens, you at least have the right to recover your data from your Google account, including people’s contacts as well as media files, app data, messages, etc. After you switch to a new device, all your Google data will be synced while signing in with the same Google account on the new device and thus retrieving backed up contacts.

How to Backup and Sync Contacts to Google Account

Once you add contacts to your device, these are automatically backed up and synced across all your Google signed in devices. However, there may be cases where data is not backed up automatically due to low connectivity or server related issues. In such cases, you can manually backup the contacts to your Google account. Here’s how to do it on Android, iOS and computer.

On Android

Automatic backup and sync of contacts are turned on by default in Android. However, you can also do it manually. Here is the procedure.

Through the Settings app

  • Open the ‘Settings’ app on your Android mobile
  • Scroll down and find the ‘Google’ Settings menu
  • Now select ‘Backup’ option
  • Under ‘Backup Details’ you will find an option called ‘Google Account Data’. Select it
  • From here turn off the toggle and then turn it back on
  • Your contacts saved in the Contacts app will start backing up and syncing across all devices you’re signed in to

Through the Google Contacts app

Apart from some custom Android skins like OneUI on Samsung devices, all Android phones come preloaded with Google’s Contacts app. This app can also be used to backup contacts. Here’s how.

  • On your Android device, “Open the Google Contacts app
  • From the bottom tab, select ‘Fix & Manage’
  • Now tap on the ‘Settings’ button
  • The top option here is ‘Google Contacts Sync Settings’. Select it.
  • Now select ‘Status’ option to open a new page
  • From here, tap on the Refresh button to start backing up and syncing contacts
  • And you’re done!

On iOS

On iOS devices, to back up your contacts to Google, you must first add and sign in to your Google account. Here is the step by step procedure.

Backup Google Contacts on iPhone
  • Open the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone
  • Scroll down and select ‘Contacts’
  • Now in the menu, select ‘Accounts’
  • Add a new Google account to your iPhone from here. Select ‘Accounts’ if it is already added
  • Simply sign in by following the on-screen instructions
  • Now go to Gmail settings and toggle ‘Contacts’ backup
  • Open the ‘Contacts’ app on your iPhone and all the added contacts will start backing up and syncing to your Google account

Additionally, if you find that contacts are not backing up, you can always turn off and on the ‘Contacts’ backup setting in Gmail settings. This ensures that contacts are backed up until automatic backups are resolved.

On PC/ Laptop

On a computer, you can add and back up contacts to your Google Account by manually adding contact details or via a CSV file.

Google-Contacts-Backup from computer
  • First, sign in to your Gmail account where you want to store contacts
  • Then, go To view existing contacts as well as add new contacts
  • Tap the ‘Create Contact’ button in the top left corner and start adding the person’s details
  • Similarly, you can upload a complete CSV file, which is a spreadsheet containing details in row and column format.
  • In the next few moments, these contacts will also appear on your phone if signed in with the same Gmail account. Furthermore, you can access these contacts from anywhere by signing in to your Gmail account.

You can also add Gmail contacts on PC by hovering over their profile picture in Mail and tapping on the ‘plus’ icon. It will automatically create a new contact of that particular person with their email address.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How to restore Google contacts on your devices?

When you sign in to a new mobile with your Google account, all data, including contacts, will automatically be restored to your device. This happens seamlessly in the background while the user can complete other tasks on the phone. However, if you still want to restore your contacts locally, you should go for it And from there all your contacts can be restored locally into Excel file.

2. How to automatically backup contacts to Google?

As far as Android is concerned all the contacts on the device are automatically backed up to the default Google account on the device. Automatic backups are turned on by default without any additional effort from the user. However, to double-check that your contacts are backed up and synced, you can always go to a specific backup setting on your device and check if everything is automatic.

Turn on automatic backups for Google Contacts on Android

3. How many contacts can I store in my Google Account?

You can store the last number of contacts in your Google Account if the free 15GB storage per account is within the given quota. A contact takes only 1 Kb of storage space and therefore we can imagine how many contacts it takes to fill up the storage space in a Google account or more specifically in Google Drive.

4. How to export Google contacts to Excel and vCard?

Contacts stored in your Google account can be easily retrieved as Excel file or vCard (for iOS). You can use this file to manually import contacts to any device locally without the need for internet. Here’s how to do it through the Google Contacts app for web:

  • Visit on your desktop or PC
  • Select the contacts you want to export by clicking on the profile picture. Do this for multiple contacts
  • Once selected, tap on the ‘3-dot’ menu on the top bar and select the ‘Export’ option
  • Next, a popup will appear asking you to export contacts of specific types
  • Select one as per your preference and hit ‘Export’
  • Your CSV (Excel) file or VCF (for iOS) file should start downloading immediately


Source by [91 Mobiles]

Written By [Baji Infotech]

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