How to Backup your Android contacts (article 2)

By | June 24, 2017
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Backup your Android account

This is the second part of this article. I have decided to break it down in 2 parts after realizing there was a substantial amount of relevant tips I could provide to help you enhance your secure use of your Android device.

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This is a way that you have to securely backup the Android devices assigned to your corporate users and to recover that data if a user happens to lose or have their device stolen and you end up having to send a wipe command to the device.

QualTech Cloud Hosted Backup Services | QualTech360BackupWhether you are a private consumer of a mobile device or a holder of a corporate issued device there are a few steps you can take on your own to ensure you can recover the contacts and files in your device.

If you are a holder of an Android you most likely have been forced to create a Gmail account so you can setup several features in your phone. I highlighted “forced” because that’s exactly the way I feel about it. Because Android is an OS authored by Google they force you to have an account with them to access some of the security features or just to access Google app store to download an app. This is just another of the many sides of these giant organizations more and more monopolizing large chunks of the IT and consumer markets.

Anyway, now that I got that one off of my chest let’s look at some of the “do it yourself” steps you can take to protect the data in your device.

As I explained above you just have to have a Google account. Tap on your Settings app and scroll down until you see Google. When you tap this option a page with all the account settings will open. Type the Sing-in & Security and at the top you’ll see the Google account you are signed in with.

If you ever unlock your phone and try to access Google apps and a message pops in the middle of the screen saying that you need to configure your account this is where you have to go and make sure you sign in correctly.

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Connect your phone to your laptop

Back in the settings, type “accounts” in the search. Tap the Accounts option. As you can see you have many accounts linked to your phone including email and social network accounts. That’s the

reason why in the first part of this article I focused on making sure you would setup a security pin and the importance of wiping out your phone if you ever lose it or it gets stolen.

If someone gets a hold of your phone and cracks it open you can imagine the havoc that someone can cause you.

The recommendation is to create a different password for each account. If one account is successfully hacked the hacker won’t be able to access all your other accounts with the same password.

Yep, I know exactly what you are thinking! How the heck am I supposed to remember all those different passwords? Well, have you heard the expression “Yep, we have an app for that”? Go to the Google app store and search for Keepass. This is an open source free app which allows you to store all your passwords. The file it creates with the passwords is encrypted with a password you have to create when you first use the app.

With Keepass you can safely store all your passwords. It’s not every day you need to find out what your passwords are so, better safe than sorry.

Back to the backups. One simple way you have to backup your contacts and files and pictures you have on your phone is as simple as plugging your phone to your laptop with the same USB cable you use to charge it.

Once the phone is connected to the laptop open Windows Explorer and look for the phone icon. Click the drive icon on the right hand side and you’ll see now all the folders in your phone including the DCIM which is the SIM card installed in the phone.

You can now just open each of those folders and copy what you find there to your laptop’s drive.

When it comes to contacts, on your Android tap the Contacts app. On the top right hand side tap the menu and select Settings.

Tap the Import/Export contacts option. Tap the Export button and tap Device storage or SIM card to save the .vcf file containing a copy of all your contacts. Make sure you tap the checkbox right at the top to select all your contacts and tap the Done button to save. A dialog will pop showing the percentage of contacts copied.

Once the export is complete go back to Windows Explorer and you should now see the file Contacts.vcf right at the root of the phone drive. Copy the file to your laptop.

There’s also a Backup and Restore option in the phone Settings to backup the app settings into your Google account. Tap your Settings app, type backup in the search and tap Backup and Restore. Make sure your Google account is selected in the Backup account and the Back up my data option is turned on.

Hope these tips save you some hard time.

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