How to Import and Export Contacts from Android Phone to SD Card

In the age of smartphones if you are still managing your contacts manually then you make an easier process time-consuming. With phone memory providing you the option of unlimited storage and the contacts storage capacity in SIM has been increased too, it’s easy to manage your contacts if you are rooting your phone, installing updated firmware’s or reset your phone.

Managing and organizing contacts in Android phones is quite easy and provided with various options. Apart from normal functions like Copy from SIM card, Copy Contacts and Memory Status you can restore your contacts from SD Card (importing contacts) and backup your contacts to SD card (export). Various mobile phone manufacturers name it restore or backup or other name but finally they serve the purpose of importing and exporting contacts from one phone to another.

Export Contacts to SD Card

  1. Go to Contact application.
  2. Click on Menu and select Manage Contacts.Manage Contacts
  3. Now from the various options select Backup to SD Card.Manage Contacts Options
  4. Confirm your action.Manage Contactd Export
  5. Your contacts would be exported in a folder on your SD card.Manage Contacts Exporting

Importing Contacts

  1. Importing contacts is very much easy, you just need to open your memory card and navigate to the folder where you have kept your contacts. Generally it’s stored in Contact folder in your memory card.Manage Contacts Import
  2. Click on the VCF file and your contacts backup would automatically be imported to your contact application.

The importing and exporting of your contacts is very much useful when you are rooting your mobile phone or updating your mobile phone with the latest firmware. With it you can restore and backup your contacts easily.



  1. Shubhi Kumari

    June 19, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Very way..!! Thank you

  2. Toby

    April 16, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    This is what customer support had me do and it worked:

    Vaughn: First you need to copy the contacts into a specific location(Any Location) on the phone. After copying the contacts open the folder in which you have copied the contacts, tap on them and you will get an option to export it to the contact list.
    To open a “file manager” select Apps, Samsung, My Files.
    I just went to the .vcf file on my phone, tapped it, and the file was automatically imported into my Contacts.

    Thanks Vaughn!

  3. ವಾಸುಕಿ ನರಸಿಂಹ

    August 18, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    This is a useful post, but I always prefer everdroid over anything else. GMail contacts won’t mix up with the phone contacts.

  4. Queena

    March 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    You can also use MobileGo for Android to backup android contacts and export the contacts to your PC.

  5. Pooja

    May 28, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Hi only one contact gets exported in 00001. file while exporting though it shows 1070 contacts exported and i cannot find them in data card.please advise

  6. Pooja

    May 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Hi only one contact gets exported in 00001.vcf file while exporting though it shows 1070 contacts exported and i cannot find them in data card. pls help

  7. devika

    May 24, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    i m using htc chacha..its showing no sd card detected.wat to do??

  8. Bill Alexander

    May 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    My computer was stolen and the only place I have my 1000+ contacts stored is on my HTC Desire so i am trying to download them from there. When I Export to SD card the progress bar shows that i have downloaded all the contacts. Howewer when i transfer the file to Windows 7 there only appear to be about 15 randomly selected contacts in the file. Please can someone advise on how to salvage my contacts – I am desparate!!

  9. Jose Palma

    April 30, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Open Kies
    Open your saved spb file
    Select all the contacts
    Click SAVE
    Select a location on your PC, create a directory called Contacts.
    Browse to this directory and save the file using VCF as your file extension
    Yes it doesn’t give VCF as a file type option so just manually type it.
    Check the directory and it should be full of vcf files.
    Copy the directory to your Phone SD Card and import using contacts import.

  10. Vinay

    April 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    My phone does not have “Manage contacts” instead it has “import/export”. There is no option export to sim card. How can I transfer my contacts? I have to transfer them to Samsung hand set. Both handsets are having Blue tooth. Can any one help me?

  11. john

    April 17, 2012 at 12:17 am

    You just saved my life! thank you

  12. Dr. Pritaj Gill

    April 15, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    come on mann… i’ve Samsung Galaxy SII (v 2.3) , & there is no option as u people reffered here .

  13. Pr

    April 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Neal

    I have my contacts saved in spb file. Latest Kies software doesnt recognise the file & gives unsupported file type… Can you please tell me how to convert spb file to vcf?


    • Pradeep Neela

      April 10, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      you need to use the third party softwares!

  14. AndroidUser

    April 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm


    I’m writing these lines because I got trapped in a problem and I gues it’s without solution:

    Well, my problem is that I used the option “backup to SD card” from the contacts app in my Samsung Galaxy SII

    At first I thought it worked well because it suceeded in the task, but when I wanted to import the VCF file with the contacts info, it shows an error (unknown error when analizing vcard) and when I try to analyze the file myself, I found that the complete file is corrupted with APK data.

    I don’t know what has happened with my import/export process, but I’d like to know if there is a solution, or just give up.

    Thanks in advance.

  15. wissam

    January 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Dear sir,

    I have transfered 5000 contacts to htc cha cha android 2.something via bluetooth from pc. all in .vcf

    went to import from sd card (although i didnt use it, maybe the files where received to it), and it found all 5000 contacts.

    Once i ask to import all, it starts importing the first 15 contacts, then the dialog disappears, and i dont know what has been copied and what hasnt . I am dealing with a alot of duplicates, but i dont think it is skipping them! 🙂

    Any ideas?!?

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      you need to place the file individually into the CSV Format and upload to your google account!

  16. Girish

    November 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks. I have just copied all old contact (.vcf files) to SD Card and simply put it S2 and imported them from SD Card to Phone without any problem. All Contact informtion get copied as same as it was getting displayed on my earlier Nokia Phone.


    • Yogesh Patel

      November 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm


  17. Paul

    August 20, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I connected the USB to my computer to get to the galaxy s folders.Which folder are the contacts located?

  18. Trishank Bhimjiani

    August 18, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Neal i have a problem… like an idiot i didnt use google sync to backup my contacts although i do have it in kies spb format…. can u suggest some way to get my contacts back??? i have put the s2 ROM rite nw… quick reply wud b awesome!!!

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 19, 2011 at 12:24 am

      convert spb format files to the csv format and then upload the same on your Gmail account!

  19. Paul

    August 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Best way to do that Neal

  20. Paul

    August 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    There is no option to backup to SD Card
    I am using 2.3.4 JVQ with 3.3 ROM Applied

    Please Help

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