How to save Android contacts: Would you like to copy the address book of an Android smartphone to your PC but you don’t know how to do it? Do you need to transfer contacts from an Android phone to an iPhone and don’t know how to do it? Don’t worry, I assure you that these are two extremely simple operations to complete: if you want I can help you find out exactly how.
There are actually a lot of different ways to save android contacts: you can generate a VCF file with the Contacts app of your mobile phone and export it to your PC, you can synchronize the Android address book with Gmail and share the contacts with all your devices; you can even select some names from the Android phone book and copy them to the memory of a SIM card! You just have to choose which solution best suits your needs and put it into practice. Find all the information you need below.
To create the tutorial I used a smartphone equipped with Android 5.0 Lollipop, but the instructions below should also be fine for terminals equipped with other versions of the green robot operating system. So, what else are you waiting for to get to work?
Save contacts from Android
The easiest way to save the phone book of an Android smartphone is to use the export function included in the application Contacts. If you don’t know how to use it, don’t worry, it’s very simple. All you have to do is start the application Contacts, press the button ≡ located at the top left and select the item Settings from the menu that opens.
At this point, “tap” on the option Export, select the item Export to .vcf file and choose the folder in which to save the file with the contacts. Then wait for the export procedure to be completed and you will get a VCF file with all the contacts in the Android address book inside.
If you are using a Samsung smartphone and you have not been able to export your Android contacts following the instructions I have just given you, try this other way: start the application Contacts, presses the button […] and select the item Settings from the menu that opens. Then move to Contacts, select the option Import / Export from the menu that opens and choose whether to export the phonebook to the internal memory of the device or to an SD card.
Once you have the VCF file with your Android contacts, you are free to copy it to your PC or to any other device you want to import your smartphone’s address book. To do this you can simply connect the phone to the computer and search for the VCF file (eg. 00001.vcf) in the root folder of the device memory or SD card. Alternatively you can install a file manager such as ES File Manager and use it to auto-send you the address book VCF file by email.
To use ES File Manager, download it from the Google Play Store, start it and press the ad icon Hamburger located at the top left. Then select the folder where the VCF file is located (home if you have saved the address book on the internal memory of the smartphone or sd if you have saved it on an SD card), keep your finger pressed on the latter and press the button Other which appears at the bottom right.
At this point, decide whether to auto-send you the file via email by selecting the name of an email client (eg. Gmail) from the menu that opens or whether to save it on a cloud storage service (eg. Dropbox or Google Drive) by selecting the icon of the latter from the same menu.
Once the Android address book has been exported to the target device (eg your PC), use it as I explained to you in my guide on how to open VCF files, it’s very simple.
Save Android contacts via Gmail
If you don’t want to waste too much time, you can save android contacts on Gmail and take advantage of the synchronization functions offered by the latter to bring your address book to all the devices you want.
If you have already associated your Android smartphone with a Google account, the synchronization function of contacts on Gmail should already be activated. To verify that this is indeed the case, go to the menu Settings> Accounts> Google of Android, select your address Gmail from the screen that opens and make sure that the function Contacts is active. If not, turn it on and your contacts will automatically sync with Gmail.
If your Android smartphone has not yet been associated with a Google account, go to the menu Settings> Accounts of the device, presses the button Add account and set up your Gmail account (or create a new one, in the remote case you don’t have it yet).
Once you have activated the synchronization of contacts between Android and Gmail, you can bring the address book of your smartphone to any device (PC, smartphone, tablet, etc.) simply by connecting the latter to your Google account.
For example, if you want to bring the Android address book to iPhone, go to the menu Settings> Mail> Accounts iOS, press the button Add account and configure your Google account on the screen that opens. If you want to bring the Android address book to a Windows PC or Mac, set up the Gmail account in your favorite email client and that’s it. In short, it is really very simple! If you need more information on these procedures, take a look at my guides on how to set up Gmail on iPhone, how to read Gmail mail, how to synchronize Gmail contacts and how to set up Outlook with Gmail.
Gmail also allows you to save a CSV or VCF file on your PC with all the contacts in the Android address book, or rather with all the contacts in its address book. To take advantage of this function, connect to the service Google Contacts.
On the page that opens, select the items More> Export from the left sidebar, check the box Contacts and choose the file format in which you intend to download the address book: Google CSV, CSV Outlook or vCard (for iOS contacts).
At this point, click on the button Export and wait for the VCF or CSV file with the Gmail address book to be downloaded to your PC.
Save Android contacts to SIM
You would like save android contacts on a SIM? No problem, thanks to the free application Copy to SIM Card you can take any name from the phone book of your smartphone and transfer it to the memory of a SIM (which I remind you to be 500 numbers for 128k cards).
To use Copy to SIM Card, download the application from the Google Play Store, launch it and select the card Phone contacts. Then put the check mark next to the numbers you want to transfer to the SIM and select the item Copy selected to SIM from the menu (…) located at the top right.
If you are unable to view any number in Copy to SIM, press the button (…) application (top right) and select the item Settings from the menu that opens. Then put the check mark next to all the options that are under the heading Choose contacts to display and presses the button OK to save the changes. Now repeat the steps I showed you earlier and you should be able to transfer your favorite contacts to the SIM.