How to Backup Contacts from iPhone or Android Phone

How to backup cell phone contacts
How to backup cell phone contacts

Last updated: September 10, 2023

Changing SIM cards or mobile phones is always what can commonly be called a hassle. Indeed, very often, it is a problem, because we are afraid of losing a lot of data in the case.

One of the most annoying things is transferring and backup all contacts. And unfortunately for years, you had to do this by hand and it was not only long, but on top of that not very exciting.

Fortunately, since smartphone developers have thought of you and have implemented several systems allowing you to make contact transfers in an easy and fast way.

Whether you have an Android phone or an iPhone, FunInformatique Will help you keep your contacts safe.

In Android, choose the memory card to backup contacts

As you will see in the rest of this article, you will have several scenarios that will be available to you depending on the laptop you had as a base, but also the laptop you are going to have.

Here, we start with a classic case. You have a phone that runs Android and you are going to upgrade to a new laptop that also runs Android. These two phones, then they have a slot where you can put a micro-SD card. If not, you can go straight to the next steps.

However, if you do have two laptops that can fit a memory card, then what we recommend is simply tosave your contacts to the memory card. In this way, all you have to do is put it in your new mobile to recover everything instantly.

What is good with this technique is that in this way, you can also put your applications and your photos, for example, on the memory card. Thus, you can transfer everything at once which is a huge time saver.

If you keep the same operator, choose the SIM card

The problem is that if the previous technique seems to be perfect, today we have more and more phones running Android which choose not to put a memory card reader, which means that it does not is not applicable.

In this case, what we can advise you to do is to apply what we call the good old method. Indeed, it is the method that appeared first for back up contacts.

It is then enough to choose your SIM card as a backup location and when you put it in your new mobile, the contacts will transfer quickly.

The problem, if you change operator or if your phone is stolen or lost with your SIM card inside, then you will lose all your contacts.

Use Google Account to Backup Contacts in Android

In these cases, what we will advise you is simply to serve you Google Cloud Tool to transfer data whether at the level of your contacts, but also your photos or any other data that you would like to transmit from one laptop to another.

For this, the procedure is not very complicated, but there are still some prerequisites. The first thing to do is to go to a PC or your laptop's internet browser and create a Google account if you haven't already.

On Android, make sure that the Google account linked to your device is the same one you will be transferring data to in a few minutes.

Here is the procedure to follow :

  • Go to Settings and  Accounts and backup ou Cloud and accounts.
  • Go to Account management ou Accounts.
  • Select Google and activate the Sync Contacts.

  • Then go to Contacts.
  • Click on the three small dots then Contacts management ou Contact settings (depending on your phone model.
  • Choose to move the contacts to your Google account.

Therefore, when you synchronize your new cellphone with your Google account, you will be asked if you want to import the contacts. Say yes and it will happen automatically.

Backing up contacts is automatic on the latest iPhones!

If you ever want to transfer between two fairly recent iPhones, the good news is that it is probably the easiest way since you have absolutely nothing to do.

Indeed, when you turn on your new iPhone, you will be asked if you want to transfer from a previous brand mobile. Simply click Yes and make sure to pair the two phones as prompted.

Once this is done, we ask you to wait a bit for this, we advise you to leave your laptop charging to prevent it from running out of battery during the operation.

Then, you just have to wait about ten minutes depending on the amount of information you want to transfer and once everything is validated, you find your phone numbers, your files and even the apps you had on your old phone!

Use iCloud to Backup iPhone Contacts

If you ever want to do this transfer between two iPhones but unfortunately one of the two is too old to be able to access this automatic transfer, don't worry, there is another solution.

To do this, you will need to go to your phone and use the iCloud storage system included in your phone. To help you find your way around, here are the steps to follow:

  • Go to Settings then [your name] then on iCloud.

  • Then check that the item Contacts is activated (cursor on green); if not, enable it
  • Then click Merge.

  • Then go to ICloud backup and activate it.
  • Recover data via your new iPhone by simply connecting with your Apple ID and password.


That's it, we have now covered all the scenarios that could arise for you. Whatever your new phone is and especially whatever your old one, you should now have at least a technique allowing you to make the contact transfer with ease.

Some techniques are better than others, so if you have a choice, weigh the pros and cons of each to find the one that best matches what you want from this transfer.

If you have any concerns or other issues that you would like us to address, please let us know in the comments. We will be happy to answer them in one of our future articles.