Even in the age of smartphones, “I lost all my contacts” is such a common complaint that you sometimes have to if people are faking it. But while it may sometimes sound silly or even unbelievable, the truth is that if you—or even your child—accidentally press the wrong button on the screen, you could accidentally delete all your contacts.

If you get a new phone, or you lose your phone, or it suddenly stops working, you will face the same problem. It happened to almost all of us and will continue to happen to others. The best thing you can do is make sure all your contacts are backed up so you can quickly get your life back on track. Here’s how to do it on any smartphone.


You can back up your iPhone contacts to iCloud or your computer via iTunes. The iCloud method is simpler, but requires internet access.

  1. go Settings > iCloud.
  2. The switch next to the contact should be green in position.

This step will ensure that all your contacts are continuously backed up to iCloud. If you format your phone, you can restore all your contacts by simply logging into your iCloud account.

If you don’t have Internet access, you can still back up your contacts through iTunes.

  1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes.

  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB.

  3. Open iTunes.

  4. click iPhone icon In the upper left corner, just below the menu bar.

  5. tap information on the left sidebar.

  6. Check Contacts sync.

  7. Select the service you want to sync contacts with from the drop-down menu. On Windows machines, can sync with Outlook or Windows Contacts. The latter takes a local backup on your Windows machine.

  8. after selection Windows Contactsclick change Start the backup in the pop-up window.

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This will back up your iPhone contacts to your computer. Windows Contacts is not available on Windows 7, but you can install it through Windows Live Essentials. If you want to back up everything on your iPhone, follow the steps described here.


If you have an Internet connection, follow the steps below to backup your contacts on Android.

  1. go Settings > Accounts > Google.

  2. Click your account name at the top.

  3. Make sure there is a mark contact.

All your contacts will be continuously backed up to your Google Account. Note that the exact name of the menu may vary by manufacturer and version of Android. If your phone doesn’t have internet access, follow the steps below.

  1. Open contact.

  2. click three vertical dots In the upper right corner.

  3. choose import and export.

  4. tap export to storage.

  5. A popup will tell you where the contacts will be exported.tap OK.

  6. Open the file manager app on your phone. If not, you can download ES File Explorer.

  7. In the file manager, navigate to the folder where your contacts are stored.If unsure, search for vcf And the contact file will be displayed.

Copy this file and store it in a safe place. If you want to retrieve this group of contacts, then you need to import data from this file using the import in Contacts.

(see also: How to Backup Your Android Phone)


Blackberry 10

  1. go Settings > Accounts.

  2. tap Add account from the bottom of the screen.

  3. tap Email, Calendar and Contacts.

  4. enter your Mail address and click Next.

  5. Then enter your password and click login.

  6. This will set up the account.make sure Contacts sync Yes superior.

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This will back up all your BlackBerry 10 contacts to your Google Account. If you format your phone and then add the same Gmail address again, it will automatically populate your contacts list with the backed up numbers.

(see also: How to Backup Your BlackBerry 10 Smartphone)

windows phone

There’s nothing special you need to do to back up your contacts on Windows Phone. When setting up your phone for the first time, you must sign in with a Microsoft account. From then on, all your contacts are automatically backed up to your Microsoft account.

(see also: How to Backup Your Windows Phone)

How do you backup contacts on your smartphone? Let us know via comments. For more tutorials, head over to our “How To” section.

By Rebecca French

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