It’s not easy to lose your phone but sometimes it’s inevitable. While you can try and install some sort of tracking app, but let’s be honest, they don’t always work. It’s advisable to ensure your data such as contacts, photos, text messages etc. is safe just in case you lose your phone.
At the heart of our smartphones are our family, friend and business contact information. The best way to ensure you contacts are safe is to move them to the cloud where you can retrieve it just in case you lose your phone or change it.
To backup your contact information on Android, follow the following steps:
(Ensure that you are logged in to your google account on your android device)
- Open your contacts application
- Tap the menu (3 vertical dots) on the main interface
- Click on export/import
- If you contacts are on your sim card skip this step. For those using internal storage export the contacts to a VCF file first before continuing. Select the contacts to export and export.
- Then select Import from sim card or Internal Storage.
- If you used internal storage, select the VCF file you exported in 4 above.
- You will be prompted to select the google account to import your contacts to.
iPhone and iPads
For iPhone and iPad users follow the following steps to backup your contact information using iCloud:
- Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen.
- Tap iCloud in the left pane.
- Enter your Apple ID and password, then tap Sign In.
- A list of iCloud features will appear.
- To set up automatic backups to iCloud, scroll down and tap Backup.
- Turn on the control for iCloud Backup. This will initiate a manual backup for your contacts together with any other data you have configured to be backed up like mails, sms etc.
All your contact data will be moved to the cloud and will be synced across all devices you have logged into using your account.