How to Transfer Contacts from Android Phone to Computer

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Nowadays, mobile phone has taken a very import role in our daily life and it becomes a gadget we just can't live without for most people, especially business man. Besides phone calls and messaging, we do a lot of other tasks on smartphone, like news reading, email management, notes taking, business arrangement, etc…

It could be a great plain if your Android phone was lost or damaged. I already felt the desperation when my Android phone got stolen. I don't care about the music/apps as I can get the back them from Google Play Store. But the phone contacts were gone forever as I didn't back it up yet. I had to ask my friends and partners on Twitter one by one to retain their numbers. It takes me two weeks to achieve the task. So when the contacts were manually typed in my new Samsung Galaxy S10, the first thing is to transfer contacts to computer just in case for future loss. And here is the main topic we are talking about.


#1: Best Way to Transfer Contacts from Android Phone to PC or Mac

There are more than 10 methods you can find out in Google for Android contacts backup and transfer. Actually, most of us don't have the time to try one one by one. So which is the best for transferring contacts from Android to computer? The Answer is Androidphonsoft Android Manager, which is a powerful yet easy-to-use desktop utility designed for content transfer and backup.

All of the content stored on Android phone can be transferred to computer within 3 clicks, including contacts, text messages, photos, music, video, apps and other documents. Let's check out how it works.

Step 1 Install and Launch Android Manager

This step is quick simple. Download the software from above link and install it on your computer by following up the built-in installation wizard. Open the program after it's properly installed. Click Connect tab in the red square at the bottom of My Device page.

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Step 2 Connect Android Phone to Computer

Plug your Android device to computer via USB cable. If the device is the first time attached to the computer, then install Android USB driver before proceeding to the next step. Once the device is recognized by the software, tap "Yes" on your Android phone home screen to turn on USB debugging, which is necessary for further operations. Once done, it will automatically analyze the content stored on the device.

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Step 3 Start to Export Android Contacts to Local Computer

It will take 3-5 minutes to complete the analyzing task, depending on your phone model and Android OS. After that, the software lists a bunch of items, like contacts, music, SMS, etc… Navigate to Contacts and click Export from left menu. Then choose an proper option from drop-down menu and select a local folder to store the exported contacts. You can also use this program to backup Android sms as well as other items, such as music, videos or photos.

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You Can Also Delete Android Contacts on PC (Optional)

This program provides a very strong contacts management function, this is a very convenient feature that allows you to delete duplicate contacts, search contacts on your PC and it will automatically sync to your phone. As you can see, you can edit name, email, phone number, website, address, middle name,etc.

There are three export options available, like XLSX, CSV and TXT. Which one is suitable for you is depending on your own purpose. For me, CSV is the best choice as it's a standard format for storing personal information, and it's can be imported to other mobile devices and mobile apps.

Android Manager is far beyond contact transfer, there are other useful tools already incorporated in the software, like one-click backup, app management, sending sms via computer, media conversion, taken screen short, etc… It's a must-have widget that every Android device owner should take into consideration. It makes Android management simple and smooth.


#2: Export Contacts on Android and Backup Contacts to PC

Contacts on certain Android phones can be exported to PC directly. Well, before getting started with the process, you must know that this method works only on certain Android devices, including Samsung Galaxy S10, S9 or S8. So, in case you want to utilize this method, make sure that this facility is available on your phone. Assuming that your Android device supports the above requirement, move to the stepwise instructions given below:

Step 1: Open your Contacts app on the Android smartphone and go to the Settings page. You may need to click on "More" to get to the right page.

Step 2: Look for a menu item showing "Import/Export Contacts" and click on it.

Step 3: Hit on "Export" and choose "Export Contacts to Device Storage". This time all your phone contacts will be transferred to SD card in a .vcf file.

Export Contacts Android


Step 4: Finally, establish a link between Android phone and the computer. Then search for the file that was recently exported to SD card. Once you find the.vcf file, copy and paste it to your PC.

Keep a note of the location where your exported contact list is stored into your PC. This is important because users often find it difficult to seek the exact location in the PC where he has transferred the file. Also, while doing the transfer you cannot choose some specific contacts out of the contact list. You will have to send the entire contact list even if you want to transfer only a few of them.


#3: Transfer Android Contacts to PC with Gmail/Outlook App

The above method is the preferred way to transfer contacts from Android to a computer because there is no additional material needed. However, there is another way to backup Android contacts with Gmail or Outlook. The prerequisite is that you should have a Google or Microsoft account.

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First, install Gmail or Outlook app on your phone. Then sign in corresponding ID and password. Next, select the contacts you wish to backup. A few minutes later, the selected contacts will be synced to cloud and you can restore them later. However, one thing you should be noted. The contacts list will be messed up if there are already contacts in that account.


#4: Transfer Contacts from Android to PC via FoneLab Backup

Aiseesoft Android Backup & Restore is a PC based program designed to backup individual items on Android to a computer. The steps are almost the same as Android Manager but the device connection and features are a bit worse. That's why we list as the fourth solution in this post. If all the above methods failed to work, then this one is worth trying out definitely.

Step 1: Install and launch Aiseesoft Android Backup and Restore tool. Within a few clicks, the software installation will be automatically led and done. This data backup and restore tool is similar to any other relevant tool in terms of quick and automatic launching.

Step 2: Now establish a link between your Android phone and computer using a USB cable. This is done to allow the software tool to detect your mobile device prior to transferring contacts.

Step 3: Choose the desired contacts simultaneously in the display of choosing the backup data type. Here, your selected data type should be Contacts. Then wait for your selected data from the phone to pop-up on the computer screen.

FoneLab Android Backup & Restore


Step 4: As the selected items are notified on screen, select and backup the same from phone to your computer. All you have to do is check once before proceeding to back up. For being more sure, simply check if the selected items are ticked the boxes present beside every item.

As you are done selecting, the item box will be lightened with tick mark. So, now lead the final backup operation. Don't forget to hit on Start button located at the bottom right corner of the page to specifically select and proceed with the process. Eventually, you can back up all your chosen items from your smartphone to computer without a hassle. Once you are done doing the effortlessly and successful, you won't have to think much about data loss which may often occur in your Android phone.


#5: Transfer Android Contacts to PC via Smart Contacts Backup

Smart Contacts Backup is a popular app for saving Android phone data to cloud or send contacts via email. It's simple to use and the download is only 8MB, which means it won't take up valuable space on Android smartphone.

Step 1: Download the app from Play Store and install it.

Step 2: For multiple backup options, create a login for yourself.

Step 3: Your total contacts are listed and ready for export. Click on Backup and they will be converted to VCF and you can then send them via email.

Step 4: Login the same email account on a PC and download the .vcf as attachment from the email.

Note: If you want to use only the email backup function, there's no need to log into your account each time. However, it is required for cloud backups.

Smart Contacts Backup App


Wrap Up

Transferring Android contacts to computer is the safest way for data backup. As we mentioned above, there are more than one way to do this. There are premium software and free apps. However, no one is perfect. The free ones also come with ads and no support available. That's why people are tend to pay for a few bucks to get it done quickly.


Sophia Lee

Sophia Lee

Senior editor

Sophia is a senior editor of Androidsoft. She discovered the fascinating world of Android and constantly share the most practical tips and tricks for Android users.

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