How to Back Up Your Contacts to Google Contacts

We all know the importance of backup. In the earlier days, once the device had been lost or stolen, there was no way to retrieve these contacts. However, in the more recent times, thanks to cloud storage, it has become easier to sync all your contacts to your cloud. By doing this you ensure that all your devices remain updated with any change you make on your account and also easily update your contacts on to your new device in case you lose your old device.

What surprises us that even in this age of technology, many people don’t know how to back up their shared gmail contacts to google contacts. If you’re among the many who don’t, here’s a guide on how to do it.





If you are someone who has already backed up their contacts to their google accounts and don’t know how to export these contacts onto your new device, here’s how you do it.

  • Go to the contacts app of your new device.
  • Go to “Menu”
  • Select “settings” from the drop down
  • Go to “export”
  • You will be shown your account/ accounts.
  • Select the account in which you have backed up your contacts.

You can also learn about How to share Google Contacts with other Gmail Users in this article or you can try reading this article How to share Gmail Contacts with Google Users here.




If you are someone who always ends up losing their phone, it is always better to have automatic backup on. However, this would mean that all the unnecessary contacts will also take up space on your cloud. If you don’t want this to happen, you can always turn off these automatic backups. Here’s how:

  • Go to “settings”
  • Go to “Back-up”
  • Turn “back up to google drive” on or off.





  • Go to your phone’ settings.
  • Go to “google”
  • Under “services” find “restore contacts”
  • If you have multiple google accounts, then select the account from which you want your contacts to be restored on your phone.
  • Select where you want your contacts to be backed up i.e. whether you want your contacts to be restored on your phone or on your sim card.
  • Tap restore.
  • After some time, depending upon the number of contacts, you will see a notification that says “contacts restored”
  • To avoid duplicates, your phone will only backup the contacts that your phone doesn’t already have. This is only the case where you lose contacts on your existing device. In case of a new device, it will restore all your contacts from A to Z.

Conclusively, it is always the best to have all your contacts backed up to your google accounts. This way no matter how many device you lose or how many times your contacts get deleted, you will always have access to them no matter what. This is indeed the best way to always have your contacts with you. Now that you know how to back up and restore your contacts, make sure the first thing you do is backup your contacts to your Gmail account when you purchase a new device. You can download the Share Email Contacts Chrome Extension.