Apps / Programmes to back up contacts etc.

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  1. urdie

    urdie New Member

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    Hi all,

    Just wondering is there an app or a download that will enable me to back up my contacts and all phone data ?

    I know this should be done with Gmail etc but the last time I sync with Gmail, I lost all my contacts, youtube account and had to send my phone away for repair and I have been adivsed not to do it.

    Is their a 'PC Suite' or similar out there ?

    cheeers, any help will be massively appretiated.

    Dru
     
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    Who may I ask advised you not to use Google to store contacts, and who told you that you had to send your phone for repair? Thats one of the dumbest things Ive heard in a while. If you save a contact under your Gmail account (which is tied to your phone once you sign in, and will be tied to every phone/watch/tv that you sign into ) it is NEVER lost, you can get 50 different Android phones, line them all up and sign in with your Gmail account and they will all have your contact list!
     
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    Your contacts can also be backed up using VZ backup assistant . I've been using that for years and it works great.

    This was posted using my Rezound.
     
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    Yeah i must admit it didnt wash well with me either.
    I got told directly from a person at Orange.

    I would also prefer to back up without using Gmail as I am familiar with this method, just not which programme to use.
     
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    What the hell is Orange?

    Backing up to your Google account is the safest. I don't know how you could mess that up? If you're nervous, open up your people app, go to menu > Import/export > then Export to storage. This will create a file on your sd card which you can transfer to your computer. When you get a new phone, just transfer it back. When you do, make sure you choose to merge it with your Google account and it will be saved forever. My assumption is you have a bunch of contacts on your phone "only" which are not merged with your Google account...
     
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    This reminds me of when I went into the Verizon store. There was a guy there with a smashed iphone. They explained he had to purchase a replacement as he didnt have insurance. Looking resigned he agreed to this but then asked how he could copy his emails, contacts, music etc. to the new iphone. They told hi mthat all he had to do was resynch with itunes. He looked lost "what is itunes" he asked. The poor guy had this $400 phone and had no idea whatsoever how to use it. He had never synched it with itunes, he didnt have a computer even (which for an apple phone is kind of a must unless you have icloud). They poor verizon assistant looked sort of shocked and didnt really know what to say. She kept vainly mentioning that he needed to synch with itunes and wondered how in the hell he had managed to use his phone at all. Of course if he had had android none of this would be a problem really.
    To the question at hand. Assuming you have actually got a google account and logged in then there really is nothing to be afraid of.
    BTW Orange is one of the Uk phone networks. Like Verizon many of these companies just dont understand that Android at least doesnt require backing up of contacts, emails as its done automatically. Nothing is really stored on the phone in that regards. If you lose your phone you will never lose your contacts or email (well at least if you use gmail that is).
    Of course if you dont have a google account and have never sycnhronised your phone with google then you are more or less on your own, like the poor iphone guy above.
    When I bought my nexus the verizon guy spent some time fiddling with the phone before giving it to me. I was in a rush and eventually asked him what he was doing? He told me he was copying all the contacts from my old phone to the new one... DOH! I told him that was not necessary thankyou and maybe he should learn a bit more about android...He looked very suprised when I said that you never had to copy contacts around on android that it was done automatically.

    If you use google music, google+, gmail and google voice then effectively nothing is stored on your phone.
    Every movie I take, every photo I take, all my music, text messages, chat sessions, contacts and email are all in the cloud. If I lose my phone or my company wipes it.. I dont care.. jsut need to resynch with google.