Smartphones are incredibly useful tools for the modern professional, functioning as our main means of communication, a photo album, day planner and rolodex, among other things. On systems like Googleâ€™s Android, our contacts are only a short press away, and this has led us to rely on our phone to store all our important numbers. But, what happens when your phone stops working and you lose all your numbers?
Here are four things you can do to ensure your numbers arenâ€™t lost when/if your Android device stops working, or you switch to a new device.
Sync with Google Contacts
One way to backup your contacts is to sync them with your Google account. You can do this by accessing Settings on your phone and selecting/scrolling to Accounts and selecting Google. Press on the Google account youâ€™d like to sync and ensure Contacts has a checkmark beside it. To force a sync, deselect it, then tap it again. When you add this account to any new Android, your contacts should automatically show up. You can also view and edit them here.
Export from phone to computer
An alternative to syncing your contacts with Google is to export them in .vcf format. This is the contact format thatâ€™s the standard for electronic business cards. You can attach .vcf files to emails, add them to various contact books and they are recognized by nearly all mobile OSs.
To export them from your device, open the contacts app, (itâ€™s normally in the bottom menu of your phone), press Settings (three vertical squares) and select Export to Storage. This will export your contacts to a file on your phoneâ€™s internal storage. After this, connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable and find the file labeled People, (you shouldnâ€™t have to open any folders in your phone). Drag this file from the window onto your desktop or to the folder youâ€™d like to store your contacts in. If you drag the People folder onto your phone, and press Import from Storage on the phoneâ€™s People app, it will import all your contacts.
Write them down
Itâ€™s worked for almost 100 years, so why stop now? Some professionals donâ€™t even bother to store phone numbers on their phone, preferring to carry a traditional contact book around with them instead, or certainly as well.
Growing up the vast majority of us had at least five numbers memorized: grandparents, pizza delivery, home, parentâ€™s office and our best friends. Why not summon your inner child and remember your important numbers. This is a surefire way to never have any numbers stolen or lost.
Do you use these methods to back up your numbers? Do you use another method? If so, let us know. If youâ€™d like to know more useful tips about the Android OS, please contact us.