How To Transfer & Backup Android Contacts To PC or Mac

Step One Plug an SD card into the Android phone

An SD card will be used to store the contact details first from phone memory and then transfer it via USB to the PC or Mac computer. Inserting an SD card into the Android phone is the first step in the process of taking a backup of phone contacts.

Step Two In the Contacts menu

On your Android phone, open the Contacts menu and press the Menu button. From the list of menu items, select the option More.

Step Three Find the Import / Export option

From the new menu that opens up under More, select the Import/Export option.

Step Four Select the Export media

There will be several options under the Import/Export Contacts menu, depending on the model of the Android phone. Select the “Export to USB Storage” option or the “Export to SD card” option depending on the model of the phone. Select “OK”.

Step Five Wait for the phone to create a VCF file.

After you select “OK” in the previous step, the Android contacts are saved into a file format known as .vcf.

The full form of VCF is Virtual Contact File. Such a file is commonly called a vCard. It is the standard digital file format that is used to store contacts for businesses and individuals. All contact details including names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and other details are stored in the .vcf file.

The vCard can also store other media such as images, if needed. VCF files can also be attached to emails and used to transfer contacts from one address book to another, from smartphones to PC or MAC computers and vice versa.

Step Six Ensure the VCF file is stored.

You will receive confirmation that the .vcf file or vCard has been stored in the SD card or the USB storage device.

Step Seven Connect your Android phone to the PC or MAC

When the digital storage format of the contacts has been initiated, you are ready to transfer it to your computer. Connect your Android phone to your PC or MAC with a USB cable. Both Windows PC and Mac computers are compatible with most Android devices, whether they are old or new models.

Step Eight Install drivers if necessary

If this is the first time you are connecting your Android phone to your PC or Mac computer, then you may need to install some drivers to allow the computer to read your phone as a flash drive. The installation will be automatic for most new computers. Follow the prompts for the installation until the phone is ready to be used as a storage drive.

Step Nine Locate the removable drive on your computer

Your computer should now recognize your Android phone’s SD card and the phone memory as removable drives.

If you are using a Windows PC, click the Start button (up to Windows 7) or the Charms menu search (for Windows 8 and up) for Computer. Look at the list of drives on the screen. Look for the group labeled Removable drives. There will be one or two drives labeled Removable Disk.

If you are using an Apple computer, the removable drive may appear on the desktop or you can locate it using the Finder. If you don’t see the Removable Drive with Finder, you can adjust Finder Preferences. Check the “External Disks” option under the “General” tab in the Preferences menu. This should show all removable drives that have been hidden from view.

Step Ten Select the removable drive

If there are two Removable Drives listed, you can double click the second option to access the SD card in which the contacts have been stored. If there is just one Removable Drive in the list, it will usually be the main Android phone storage and not the SD card.

Step Eleven Transfer contacts to computer 

You can now use your Windows Computer menu or the Mac Finder to click and drag, or copy and paste the .vcf file that is stored in your Android phone SD card.

Step Twelve Access contacts 

You can use Outlook to automatically open VCF files as a Contact later, since the files are automatically associated with Outlook. You can also open it with IBM Lotus Notes/Domino, MS Office Home and Business, Palm Desktop and some other software. The file can also be resent to your Android phone if you ever have to reset your phone to factory settings.