How to save Android contacts to your computer: copying and transferring methods

Computer and smartphone are two inextricably linked devices. They perfectly complement each other, allowing you to comfortably perform different functions. For example, you take photos on a mobile device, and then you upload video or photos to a PC for further editing. In this case, sometimes you need to transfer not only multimedia files, but also a list of subscribers. Next, let’s understand how to save contacts from your Android phone to your computer.

Why do you need it?

Not everyone is aware of why you need to save contacts from your phone to your laptop or computer. But it’s enough to give just a couple of examples, after which all questions will fall away. The most striking scenario is the use of the PC as backup storage. By transferring your contacts to an additional device, you protect yourself from a possible smartphone malfunction that could cause your phone book entries to disappear.

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This is not the end of the cases when you need to transfer the list of subscribers. It’s no secret that when connected to the Internet, a computer can be used as a means of communication. In this regard, having all the necessary contacts will be just right.

The PC can also be used to transfer numbers for further use in professional purposes, so that you don’t have to manually rewrite the contact information of each subscriber. For example, this may be necessary when you make a list of clients or customers.


Transferring through a file

Once the formalities are sorted out, you can move on to a detailed description of the procedure for transferring numbers from one device to another. The computer is very different from the smartphone, as it is not formally a means of communication, but a working Internet. There is no caller ID on the PC, and the subscriber list is opened via a special VCF file.

Regardless of which way you decide to copy contacts, it is important to put all the necessary information into the VCF-file. This is the initial step, which is inextricably linked to each subsequent option of the operation:

  • Launch the application “Phone” or “Contacts” (the name of the ringer depends on the manufacturer and the specific model of the device).


  • Open the settings through the menu, called by pressing the button in the form of three dots.


  • Go to “Import and Export” and then select the “Export to Drive” option.
  • Come up with a file name and save it.


Remember the location of the VCF file, as you will need it later for copying your contacts. To get acquainted with the list of subscribers on your computer will help you programs “Windows Contacts” and “Microsoft Outlock”, which are installed by default on any PC with the operating system Windows 10.

Downloading via USB

Putting the phone book in a VCF file, you can copy the information. The first option for implementing the conceived that comes to mind is the use of the USB interface. To do this you will need:

  • Connect the smartphone to the PC, using the included USB cable.
  • On the phone screen, confirm the data transfer.


  • On the PC, launch the “This computer” application and select the connected smartphone as the media.
  • Navigate to the directory where your VCF card is located.


  • Click on the file and click on “Copy”.


  • Go to any directory of the internal storage of your computer, and then click “Paste”.


As a side note. You can also use microSD-card to transfer contacts. Then you need to force the VCF business card to an external drive, and then connect the memory card to the PC via SD-slot or adapter.

The principle of further interaction with the business card was described earlier. You will be able to open the VCF file with the built-in Windows software or other similar programs.

Using the cloud

Recently, wired technology is giving way to wireless analogues. Therefore, along with the classic option that allows you to skip the contact file from your smartphone to your computer, you should consider an alternative method that does not require direct synchronization of the devices. You need to act according to the following instructions:

  • Run on your smartphone application of any cloud service available to you (for example, Google Drive).
  • Log in, if you haven’t done it before.
  • Press the “+” button to upload your subscriber list to the cloud.


  • Select the VCF file you created earlier.
  • Confirm the upload by clicking on the “OK” button.
  • Use your computer’s browser to open the official website of the cloud you are using. In the case of Google Drive, the page is located at


  • Log in.
  • Open the general list of files.
  • Click on the VCF business card name with the left mouse button.
  • Click on the “Upload” button, which is usually represented by a down arrow icon.
  • Select where to save the information and click the “Save” button.

Although the instructions for transferring with cloud storage tools look massive, people who have a Google Drive account or other services are able to complete the above steps in a couple of minutes.

Third-party programs

In conclusion, let’s take a look at a few third-party programs that allow you to export a number. In this case, we are talking about applications for Android, among which it is worth highlighting the following:

  • Export Contacts;
  • Contact to Excel;
  • Super Backup.


Regardless of which application you choose, the operation will follow the same script:

  • Start the program.
  • Select the “Export contacts to VCF file” option.


  • Specify the transfer method you are interested in (it can be cloud or e-mail).
  • Confirm the transfer.

Thus, the specialized software acts as an intermediary between the smartphone and the computer. But the same actions can be performed with the built-in tools of the mobile device, and therefore it is not necessary to install additional software to transfer numbers.

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