Apps for Backing up Your Android Contacts

By Steve McFarlane

Here are five apps that can backup your contacts and then some.

Backup to Gmail

Because this app syncs your contacts, calendar, SMS and Picasa album to Gmail, its users have what amounts to an automatic contacts backup solution. Owing to the fact that your SD card can be lost, along with any backup that has been stored thereon, this solution can give even greater security to your backups by putting it on the cloud where it can be access at anytime and easily used to restore content and other phones settings to another devices should the need arise.

Anti-virus Free

This suite of security software will protect your Android from viruses, malware and exploits in real time. In addition to being able to protect your phone from malware, Anti-Virus Free can:

  • Scan apps, settings, files, and media in real time
  • Find/locate a lost or stolen phone via Google maps
  • Backup and restore contacts, apps and other data
  • Lock and wipe the phone
  • Kill tasks that slow the phone down

Lookout Security & Antivirus

This Android antivirus app is more than a solution to protect your phone against viruses. Lookout can also:

  • Backup your call history, photos and contacts
  • Help you recover a lost phone
  • Remotely wipe the phone if it can’t be found and
  • Restore you backups to a new phone.

MyBackup Pro

You can schedule this app to periodically backup you apps and data to online servers or an SD card. In addition to being able to backup you contacts, the app can also backup your calendar, system settings, applications, photos, contacts, call log, bookmarks, SMS (text messages), MMS (message attachments), Home Screens (including shortcut positions), dictionary, music playlists, alarms, and more.

GO Contacts EX

This Android contacts app is a powerful tool that is ideal for replacing the stock Android Contacts and Dialer.

Other features worth mentioning include:

  • Quick find: by letter, name, company, keyword
  • Fast search of contacts even if you can’t remember a contact’s full name
  • Easily organize contacts using drag and group
  • Identified duplicate contacts by name, phone number or email and merge them
  • Backup and restore contacts to and from a SD card.


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