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How to restore all your contacts without MTN backup on Android

restore all your contacts


After reading this post, you will never worry about losing your contacts even when your device is stolen or lost. I will tell you how you can restore all your contacts onto a new device, transfer your phone and SIM contacts to your Google accounts without patronizing MTN backup.

Why choose Google account?

Google automatically synchronizes every contacts stored in its platform almost every hour. This means that your contacts will be stored in Google cloud (online storage) to be accessible anytime and anywhere. You don't need to worry about losing your SIM card. Your contacts will be restored once you add your Google account to any Android device.

What you are going to do on this guide

  • Add your Google account to your Android device.
  • Allow Auto-sync
  • Exporting your contacts to either device or SD storage (Memory card)
  • Deleting your contacts
  • Importing contacts
  • Sync imported contacts to Google cloud.

How to restore all your contacts through Google account

  1. Add your Google account to your Android device.

    Do you have a Google account? Something like "casadee92@gmail.com". Add it to your Android device through Account menu in your phone settings. To add, open your phone Settings > Accounts > Add account > Google then follow the simple steps. You can move along if you have done it earlier.

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    Choose Google from the list of Accounts @ChuksGuide
  3. Allow Auto-sync

    Allowing "Auto-sync" lets Google automatically checks and synchronizes every new changes to your contacts. Open your phone Settings > Accounts. Select the account you just added. Now tap on your device menu button and select "Sync now".

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    Tap on “Sync now” to begin uploading your contacts to Google cloud @ChuksGuide
    Note: Your device menu button is that beside your home button. It is one of the three buttons usually at the right.
  4. Exporting your contacts to either device or SD storage (Memory card)

    Exporting your contacts to either your device storage or memory card. This will copy all your contacts in ".vcf" format into your storage. Why not export to Google instead? There will be duplicate of contacts when exported to your Google account. Open your contacts app, choose "Import/export contacts".

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    Tap “OK” to begin copying your contacts to your device or SD storage @ChuksGuide


    You have the option to either "Export to device storage" or "Export to SD card". Move over to the next step once your export was successful. If you cannot see "Import/export contacts", select Settings > Contacts from your contacts app and there it is.
  5. Deleting your contacts

    After you have exported your contacts to your device storage / SD card, we now delete every contacts currently in your SIM or phone. Do not panic! You have gotten a backup of your contacts through our earlier exports.

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    Delete all your contacts @ChuksGuide


    To delete, open your contacts app, tap on your device menu button and select "Delete". Tick to select all contacts and tap "Done". Confirm the option to delete.
  6. Importing contacts

    Now, lets import our contacts back. We are importing those contacts we earlier exported. Open your contact app, select "Import/export contacts". You have the option to either "Import from device storage" or "Import from SD card" depending on your initial export selection.

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    Now, import all your contacts to your Google account @ChuksGuide


    Now from "Save contact to" pop up, select the Google account you earlier created to start importing your contacts.
  7. Sync imported contacts to Google cloud.

    I have a good feeling that your import was successful. Now you have your contacts stored on Google. Quickly repeat step 2 to allow Auto-sync.
To restore all your contacts on Google on any Android device, simply repeat step 1 - 2.
Note: You are not to store your contacts to Google account if you hardly subscribe to internet data bundles. Social bundles cannot store your contacts to Google. If you cannot be on the internet to enable Google to regular update your contacts, then this post might not be for you.



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