Do you remember the time when we wrote down the contacts of people who were important to us in life in directories? Very popular directories were those small, pocket-sized ones that you could carry everywhere with you. If you accidentally forget the phone book and need to call someone, then you were in a nasty problem.
Fortunately, today it is much easier to maintain your contact list – there are phones that have completely replaced the directories. All phone numbers are always in our pocket and it is very easy to call at any time.
And what happens when our phone breaks down? When do we lose our favorite device? Or did someone steal it? There is a great danger that you will lose all your contacts and important phone numbers. There are ways to prevent this, and today we will show you how to secure and save your phonebook outside of your phone.
Save your address book to Google
Do you have a Google Account? If you have an Android phone and you don’t have your Google account yet, it wouldn’t be bad to make one. Google has developed the Android operating system and most of its services are available to you completely free of charge (some of the services are Google Drive, Google Calendar, Gmail…). When you create your Google Account you will automatically receive your email address and online address book.
Here are the steps you need to follow to save your contact information to your Google Account:
- Find the “ Settings ” option on your phone. You probably already know where it is, but let’s mention just in case that the shortcut for this option is on the home screen or you can find it among the applications.
- When you have accessed the “Settings” section, find the “ Backup and reset ” tab.
- Find the “Backup and reset” option
- Make sure that the “ Backup my data ” option is active. If not, check it out.
- Now it’s time to choose the account with which you will synchronize your data, so we suggest you choose email.
- Now all you need to do is enter your Google access data and your phone will do the rest.
Save your data to Google
To make sure all your contacts have been successfully transferred online, it’s best to access your Google Account from your computer and open the ” Contact ” option. All phone numbers (and some additional information, if any) should be there. If they are not there, give your phone some time, then check again.
This way of keeping a contact list is great because it allows you to have all your important phone numbers in a safe place. Each time you add someone new to your phonebook, the data will be automatically synced and that information will be saved in Google as well. Another good thing about this way of storing contacts is that you will be able to easily move to any other phone (or tablet). All you have to do is log in to your Google account from the new device and the contact list will sync automatically.
Save your contacts on a SIM or SD card
We will now describe another way to save your address book. This method does not require online storage, but you need to have some kind of physical storage where you can store your directory. These are most often SIM or SD cards.
Here’s exactly how to save your contacts this way:
- Open the contact list on your phone.
- Click on the button that marks the menu and select the “ More ” option.
- You should now see a list of different options and among them “Export and import ”. Click on this option.
- A new window will open offering you several options for exporting data. You select “ Export to storage ”.
- and select your SIM or SD card as the final destination.
All your contacts will be saved on your SIM or SD card very quickly. We must note that physical data storage is a less secure way to store important information. In case your card is damaged, you risk losing all your contacts. That’s why our choice and advice is online storage – it’s safer, and a giant like Google guarantees the security and confidentiality of your data is always available to you.
If you haven’t already saved your contact information, do so today. Because you never know what might happen to your phone, so it’s good to always have a “backup plan”.