How to Save Contacts from an Android Phone or Tablet

Introduction

In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • How to export the contacts from your Android smartphone or tablet.

1 Contacts

By default, your Android device saves all your contacts to a free Google service that you can access from any computer with a web browser.

It's updated and backed-up automatically; meaning you do not have to worry about keeping your own copy.

Accessing Your Contacts

  1. Open your preferred web browser, and type contacts.google.com into the address bar, then press enter or return.
    Address bar with address entered.
  2. If prompted, sign in with the same Google account you use on your phone.
    Google Sign-in prompt.
  3. You'll see a list of your contacts here. You can edit, add, and delete them, and the changes will appear on your phone in a few moments.
    Google Contacts.

2 Export Contacts

Your contact list is kept up-to-date automatically between your smartphone and the Google Contacts website.

A saved copy of your contacts will not automatically update. You will need to save a new copy periodically so you're not missing any.

Exporting Contacts from Google Contacts

  1. Open your preferred web browser, and type contacts.google.com into the address bar, then press enter or return.
    Address bar with address entered.
  2. If prompted, sign in with the same Google account you use on your phone.
    Google Sign-in prompt.
  3. On the left, select More, then Export.
    Google Contacts menu with More and Export highlighted.
  4. The Export contacts screen will appear.
    • You can choose to select only certain contacts, or all contacts.
    • Export as:
      • Google CSV
        • If you want a backup, or want to give your contact list to someone else to use, this is the best choice.
      • Outlook CSV
        • If you wish to import your contact list into Microsoft Outlook, select this option.
      • vCard (for iOS Contacts)
        • If you wish to import your contact list to your Mac or iPhone, select this option.
  5. Select your preferred options for exporting, then click Export.
    Export contacts dialog with Export highlighted.

In most cases, most programs (such as Outlook and other Mail programs) and other systems (such as iOS, Mac, and Windows) can access Google Contacts directly, rather than having to import and export constantly.

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In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • How to export the contacts from your Android smartphone or tablet.

By default, your Android device saves all your contacts to a free Google service that you can access from any computer with a web browser.

It's updated and backed-up automatically; meaning you do not have to worry about keeping your own copy.

Accessing Your Contacts

  1. Open your preferred web browser, and type contacts.google.com into the address bar, then press enter or return.
    Address bar with address entered.
  2. If prompted, sign in with the same Google account you use on your phone.
    Google Sign-in prompt.
  3. You'll see a list of your contacts here. You can edit, add, and delete them, and the changes will appear on your phone in a few moments.
    Google Contacts.

Your contact list is kept up-to-date automatically between your smartphone and the Google Contacts website.

A saved copy of your contacts will not automatically update. You will need to save a new copy periodically so you're not missing any.

Exporting Contacts from Google Contacts

  1. Open your preferred web browser, and type contacts.google.com into the address bar, then press enter or return.
    Address bar with address entered.
  2. If prompted, sign in with the same Google account you use on your phone.
    Google Sign-in prompt.
  3. On the left, select More, then Export.
    Google Contacts menu with More and Export highlighted.
  4. The Export contacts screen will appear.
    • You can choose to select only certain contacts, or all contacts.
    • Export as:
      • Google CSV
        • If you want a backup, or want to give your contact list to someone else to use, this is the best choice.
      • Outlook CSV
        • If you wish to import your contact list into Microsoft Outlook, select this option.
      • vCard (for iOS Contacts)
        • If you wish to import your contact list to your Mac or iPhone, select this option.
  5. Select your preferred options for exporting, then click Export.
    Export contacts dialog with Export highlighted.

In most cases, most programs (such as Outlook and other Mail programs) and other systems (such as iOS, Mac, and Windows) can access Google Contacts directly, rather than having to import and export constantly.

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