How to Backup/Restore Contacts with Google Drive

How to backup contacts on Android phone/iPhone to Google drive? Here are 4 solutions to save contacts to Google Drive easily. And a better backup software will help you backup everything on your Android phone/iPhone.


By Dylan / Updated on June 9, 2023

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How to Backup Contacts to Google Drive?

Phone address book (called Contacts) means a lot to all of us. If you lose them, then you will lose the whole world to some extent. Therefore, you might want to backup contacts to other locations, like Google Drive, Gmail, your computer, or external hard drive.

Besides, if you bought the latest iPhone 14, you will notice they have removed the SIM card slot and replaced with eSIM. And you can transfer contacts from SIM card to eSIM during the setup. But in case of something goes wrong, you will want to backup the contacts. Next, you can refer to the following content, we will show you how to backup contacts to Google drive easily in Windows 11/10/8/7.

Solution 1: Export Contacts and Share it to Google Drive

First of all, you could export the contacts from your Android phone or iPhone with the following steps:

Step 1. Open Contacts app, then tap Menu≡ -> Settings -> Import/Export.

Step 2. Choose which account you would like to export contacts from, here are two options: Export to storage, or Export to SIM card. We choose Export to storage and then click Export.

Tip: The export file for Contacts is suffix with .vcf.

Step 3. Then go to File Manager (or Files) -> Internal Storage, then you will find the .vcf file at the root directory.

Step 4.Click the .vcf file, select Save to Google Drive (if you have set up Google Account already).

Solution 2: Upload Contacts file (.vcf) to Google Drive

After creating .vcf file, you could open Google Drive on your Android Phone. Here is how to upload:

Step 1. Click My Drive drop down icon -> Upload files.

Step 2. Find the contacts file (.vcf) to upload, click Open.

Upload Files to Google Drive

Then the contacts will be saved to Google Drive, check it after uploading.

Solution 3: Backup Contacts between Two Google Drive Accounts

Sometimes, you have to backup contacts from one Google Drive to another, what should I do? It’s easy to transfer, export all the contacts from one Google Drive, and use the exported file (.vcf file, Google CSV, or Outlook CSV) to import to another Google Drive:

Step 1. Log on the Gmail that you want to export contacts from.

Step 2. Go to the Google Apps at the top right corner, choose Contacts.

Export Contacts Google Drive App

Step 3. Click Export at the left panel.

Click Export

Step 4. Choose the Contacts you want to export and the format you want to keep, click Export.

Export as Google CSV

Step 5. Then save the contacts file to your local hard drive.

Step 6. Log into another Gmail, choose Contacts, and then tapImport -> Select File to select the contacts file to save contacts from one Google Drive to another one.

Import Files

However, you might encounter the situation that the Google Drive could not backup your contacts using Backup and Sync, these reasons should be responsible for this situation:

1. Make sure you have connect to the Internet.

2. Download Google Drive app up to date version.

3. Low storage space in the device to sync.

Detailed Steps to Restore My Contacts

If you replaced your smartphone, or lost all the contacts, you could use the .vcf file to restore all the contacts that you have. Here it is:

Step 1. Go to Settings -> Google on your Android phone.

Settings Android

Step 2. Choose Restore Contacts.

Restore Contacts Android Settings

Step 3. Choose the Gmail Account stored the contacts, then select Restore.

Better Way to Backup DCIM and Camera on your iPhone

Generally, the important data like photos in DICM and Camera, your smartphone will be full after storing large number of pictures, and they are so treasurable for you, what should you do?

If I were you, I would backup it first to spare more space for phone. To backup a large number of data, it’s highly recommended to use FoneTool to backup everything on your iPhone. FoneTool is a free iPhone backup software to backup not only contact, but also photos, videos, music, and messages. With FoneTool, you could leave a copy of your contacts on both computer and Google Drive.

Preview Contacts: You could preview every contact on your iPhone to decide whether you want to backup all of them or some of them.

Widely Compatible: It supports the latest iOS 16/15. You could backup and restore contacts on most iPhone.

Here is how to backup everything (including Contacts) to Google Drive:

Step 1. Download FoneTool to computer. Connect iPhone to computer with USB cable and tap “Trust” on it.

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Step 2. Click Selective Backup under More Feature. Click Contacts to view every item on iPhone (you should disable Contacts in iCloud setting temporarily) and click OK to return.

Preview And Select Contacs

Step 3. Uncheck the files you don’t want and click Start Backup.

Choose Contacts

Step 4. Click the pin icon in Backup History to locate the file of your contacts on computer, sign in Google Drive to upload that file.


It’s easy to backup contacts to Google Drive, and several solutions are provided in this article. Besides, if you would like to selectively backup iPhone contacts to google, FoneTool would help you a lot. If this passage solves your problem, you could share it with your friends.

Dylan · Editor
Dylan is an editor of mobile backup software. He likes to share the latest news about iPhone and iOS, write useful tips, and give solutions to help people solve all kinds of issues.