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How to never lose your phone contacts ever again.
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It’s 2019, but we still see the occasional posts on Facebook saying “my phone’s broken and I’ve got a new one, can you all send me your numbers please?”

Don’t be that person – set your phone up properly to backup contacts and even if it dies, you lose it or it gets stolen, you’ll never need to scramble around to rebuild your contact list ever again.

“Should i save contacts to phone or Google?” The answer is always: GOOGLE!

So, to make sure that your phone contacts are stored in the right place, head into your phone’s settings and go to Accounts, then Google. Make sure that your Google account is added to your phone and add it if it’s not. If you have a Gmail or Google Mail email address then you already have a Google account and if not, you can create one for free.

Once you’ve done that, go into your Contacts app and whenever you add a new contact, make sure that it’s set to “Saving to…” your Google account, and NOT to the phone’s own memory or the SIM card. Even better, go into the Contact app settings and under Account Contacts, set the default account for new contacts to be your preferred Google account.

** Phone Contact Backup and Restore: **
If you’ve already got a load of contacts saved to your phone or SIM card memory, then you can go to the settings and Export all your contacts as a VCF file. Save this somewhere on your phone and then find the file using a file manager app, tap to open it and choose to open with the Contacts app. You will then be prompted to import the contacts and asked where to save them – choose your preferred Google account.

You should shortly be able to see all of those contacts when you’re logged into your Gmail at your computer, by going to contacts. This means that you can maintain just the one contact list between all of your devices, and of course if you get a new phone (or yours is lost or stolen) all you need to do on the new phone is log in to your Google account, and as if by magic all of your contacts will appear!

Once you’ve ensured that all your contacts are definitely on your Google account, you can of course delete them from your phone’s memory or your SIM card, so you don’t have lots of duplicates.


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Paul Freeman-Powell

Paul (@paulfp) is the main presenter of the award-winning Switched On Network YouTube Channel, which covers a variety of interesting topics usually relating to his love of technology and all things geeky. He also founded and runs Innobella Media, where he leads in all aspects of video production, video editing, sound & lighting. A father of 3 children including twins, his hobbies used to include photography, playing the drums and cycling. With a degree in Modern European Languages, Paul speaks French, Spanish and a little bit of Italian, and holds dual British & Irish citizenship.

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