Still using Kies or other mobile phone data backup tool when you want to copy contacts from Samsung phone to computer for backup or transfer to another phone? You can break that habit now. Because your phone maker allows you to do it all on your phone without any third party app or any desktop software on the computer end. Backing up contacts and phone number on Samsung phone can be easily done on Samsung phone within the Contacts app or the built-in Backup app on Samsung phone. You can firstly create a backup of all contacts on Samsung phone, then connect up your phone to PC via USB and copy the contacts from Samsung phone to PC or Mac through USB.
Using other Android phones other than Samsung? See this tutorial to transfer contacts between phone, SD card and SIM card. Xiaomi and Redmi phone users can follow this guide to export contacts from Xiaomi phone to computer.
Export contacts from Samsung phone
Run the Contacts app on Samsung Galaxy phone. In this demo, we use a Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. If you use other phone model, you may see the difference in appearance. Tap the More options button, you will get a drop-down menu list. Choose Settings, then Contacts.
Now you should see the Contacts Settings screen on Samsung mobile with various options you can manage contacts on the phone, such as import & export contacts, contacts display, and so on. Choose Import/Export, you will then get a pop-up dialogue as below.
Here you can import contacts from device storage to Samsung, export contacts from Samsung to device storage, import contacts from SD card to Samsung phone, export contacts from Samsung phone to SD cards, import contacts from SIM card to Samsung phone, export contacts from Samsung phone to SIM card. You can choose either export to device storage or export to SD card.
Once the contacts have been exported from Samsung phone to SD card or phone’s storage, you can find it using My Files app or other file manager on Samsung phone. You can also connect up your phone to computer and use the file explorer on PC or Mac to copy and paste the contacts from Samsung to computer.
Backup contacts Samsung to computer using Tunesgo
Tunesgo is a easy-to-use Android and iOS device manager software. Here is how to backup contacts and phone numbers from Samsung Galaxy mobile to a PC or Mac using the software.
Run the phone manager software on your computer. Go to turn on USB debugging on your Samsung mobile phone, and then connect the Samsung phone to your desktop or laptop via USB. The phone manager software will detect and connect your phone. Click to open its Information tab, then select Contacts from the left panel, preview, select and export contacts from Samsung to your PC or Mac computer. Try it out yourself. It is very simple.
Exporting contacts from Samsung mobile to computer – an easier way!
If the above method does not seem easy enough for you, you can use a specially designed mobile phone data transfer software for this job. Check out this tutorial to transfer contacts from Samsung phone to computer. It allows you to batch export all contacts from your phone to computer and save them as VCF, CSV files, or importing them to an email tool or address book on your computer. It also offers the flexibility to select and export certain contacts you like. Except the phone contacts, you may be able to export contacts from email clients, chat apps and more.
Back up contacts on Samsung phone
For users convenience, Samsung has also developed a Backup app on the Galaxy phones. You should find it at your phone home screen and the Apps category.
Tap to run the stock Backup app on Samsung phone, you will see its two main sections from the home screen, they are BACK UP and RESTORE & MANAGEMENT. In the BACKUP section, you can see DATA and Application, which means that you can back up user data and apps on Samsung phone.
To back up Samsung phone contacts, simply select Data >> Contacts, then touch the Back up button, you will then get a pop-up dialogue where you can choose a name for the contacts back up and save it on to your phone’s storage or SD card.
Again you can find the Samsung phone contacts backup files using My Files app or other file manager on Samsung phone. You can also connect up your phone to computer and use the file explorer on PC or Mac to copy and paste the contacts from Samsung to computer.
Import & restore contacts from computer to Samsung phone
The above methods will export and save Samsung phone contacts as VCF file which is very friendly with all kinds of mobile phones. You can directly transfer the VCF or vCard contacts file to other smartphones. If you lost contacts on Samsung phone unexpectedly, you can also directly import the VCF contacts to Samsung phone. In case your contacts backup file can’t be found or deleted by mistake, you can try this solution to recover deleted contacts on Samsung phone without backups.
Transfer contacts from Samsung to other phones
The above mentioned methods can help you export contacts from one phone to computer, then import contacts backup file from computer to another phone. An easier way however would be connecting both phones to computer at the same time, then copy contacts from one phone to another without saving them to the computer first. This however requires a professional mobile phone data transfer software. You can follow this guide to copy data from Samsung to Lenovo phone, just as an example. It can help you copy all kinds of personal files and documents from one phone to another, including contacts, text messages, photos, videos, music, call logs, apps and more. Except Samsung and Lenovo phones, it also support LG phone, HTC, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Motorola, Nexus, iPhone, BlackBerry and more.
Update: this article was originally published in 2016 and has since been updated. In an update Oct 2017, the Samsung phone contacts backup via Tunesgo added to the above guide.