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Back up & restore contacts from your device or SIM card

You can back up the contacts stored on your device or SIM card. If you lose or need to replace your phone, you can restore these contacts on the new phone.

If you save your contacts to your Google Account, they automatically show on your device after you sign in. You won’t need to restore contacts this way. Learn about syncing.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn automatic backup off or on

When you first set up your Google Account on your device, you’ll be asked if you want to back up your data. You can change this setting at any time.

  1. Open your device’s Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap System and then Backup.
  3. Turn Back up to Google Drive on or off.

Restore contacts from backups

  1. Open your device’s Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Google.
  3. Under "Services," tap Restore contacts.
  4. If you have multiple Google Accounts, to choose which account's contacts to restore, tap From account.
  5. Tap the device with the contacts to copy.
  6. If you don’t want to copy contacts from your SIM card or device storage, turn off SIM card or Device storage.
  7. Tap Restore, then wait until you see "Contacts restored."
  8. To avoid duplicates, your device restores only contacts that it doesn't already have. Your restored contacts also sync to your current Google Account and other devices.

To restore contacts from other apps, like Outlook or WhatsApp, you’ll need to re-install those apps.

More ways to back up & restore

Learn more about how to back up or restore data on a Pixel phone or on a Nexus device.

You can also back up your contacts to your Google Account with your "Device Information" setting. Learn how to manage the "Device Information" setting.

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