How To Save Contacts Before a Factory Reset on Android


Sometimes your Android phone will start facing issues that can only be fixed by factory resetting the device. This is a safe option only if you’ve backed up all your important data before resetting the Android phone. The best way to save contacts before a factory reset is to back them up to your Google account.

Quick Answer

To save contacts before the factory reset, go to Settings and look for the “Accounts” options. Click on it and select the Google account you have added to this Android device. Then, click on the “Account Sync” option; inside this tab, toggle on “Contacts” to back up contacts to the Google account. Now, you can restore this backup after resetting your phone.

Your Google account allows you to back up all your important data, including photos, contacts, videos, documents, etc. If you regularly back up your data, you will never have to worry about losing it as long as you keep possession of your Google account. 

We will look at the step-by-step guide on saving contacts before resetting Android by utilizing the Google Backup functionality. Then we will also go through how to restore contacts to your Android phone from Google Backup.

Keep in Mind

These contacts will be backed up to the Google account used on this Android device. If you wish to back up these contacts to another Google account, you will need to add that account to your Android device.

Save Contacts Before Factory Resetting on Android

There are several ways to achieve this, but the best and most secure method is backing up contacts to your Google account. A great benefit is that you can also access your contacts from a PC browser by logging into your Google account.

Follow these steps to back up and save contacts to Google.

Step #1: Go to Settings

Press the gear-like icon on your Android’s home screen to open Settings.

Step #2: Access Your Google Account Settings

Inside Settings, scroll down, and look for the “Accounts” option. Click on it to open it. Inside this tab, you will see all the accounts that have been added to this device. Tap on the Google account being used to access its settings.

Step #3: Turn On Sync To Backup Contacts

In your Google account, tap on the “Account Sync” option to open sync settings. Scroll and look for the “Contacts” option and toggle it on. Ensure your device is connected to the internet, and Google will automatically back up all your contacts.

This method can also create backups for pictures, videos, documents, and others available in the “Account Sync” option.

Restore Contacts From Your Google Backup

Let’s say you backed up all your contacts and factory reset your Android device. Now the question arises, how to restore these contacts to your Android? Below, we have answered this question using a detailed guide.


Before proceeding, ensure that your Android device has an active internet connection; otherwise, you will not be able to download the contacts from your Google account.

Follow these steps to restore contacts from your Google account.

Step #1: Open Settings

The first step is to open Android Settings by tapping the settings icon from the home screen/menu.

Step #2: Open Google

In Settings, scroll down, and look for an option that says “Google”. Usually, this option is at the very end of the list. Tap on it.

Step #3: Restore Contacts

Inside the Google option, scroll down and look for the “Set Up and Restore” option. Tap on this option and then select the option that says “Restore Contacts”

On the next screen, you will be able to see all the Google accounts that are present on this particular device. Select the one to which you backed up your contacts and then click on “Restore” to restore contacts to your Android device from your Google account.

You must select the device you want to restore contacts if you use this same Google account on multiple Android devices. Then, select the “Restore” option to get all your contacts back.


Resetting your Android phone means losing all your data. But your Google account provides a way to avoid losing user data, including contacts. You can easily back up all your precious data, such as contacts, images, documents, etc., to your Google account and reset your Android device.

After the reset process is complete, sign in to your Android device using the same Google account to which you backed up your contacts. Go to “Google” in your Android settings and select the backup and restore option to restore contacts to your phone. 

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