How to Backup Android Contacts and Messages to Your PC

Contacts and messages make up some of the most important information on your phone. This data can be very important to businesses and individuals. However, it can be very difficult to back up your contacts and messages to your PC.

If you are looking for an easy way to efficiently manage your Android phone contacts and backup your messages, we recommend the Droid Transfer app.

Backup via Wi-Fi or USB

Droid Transfer allows you to backup your Android device to your PC using Wi-Fi or USB connection. To use the app, you’ll need to install Droid Transfer on your Windows PC and download the free Transfer Companion – Android SMS Transfer to PC app on your Android device, from the Google Play Store.

The app connects your phone and PC using your chosen connection method, Wi-Fi or USB.

To connect using Wi-Fi, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Droid Transfer on your computer and Transfer Companion – Android SMS Transfer to PC on your Android phone.
  2. Make sure that both devices are connected to the same local Wi-Fi network.
  3. On your phone, tap “Scan Droid Transfer QR code”.
  4. Using the on-screen QR code scanner, scan the QR code displayed on the Droid Transfer welcome screen with your camera.

Now you are ready to backup and manage your Android device via PC!

Android Contacts Backup

Whatever you want to do with your Android contacts, Droid Transfer gives you the tools you need to do it. You can keep a copy of your contacts on your PC, import them into Outlook, transfer contacts from Android to Android, and edit and delete contacts from your PC.

If you want to backup your Android contacts to your PC, you have 4 options:

  • Transfer contacts as vCard – this format is the standard used by most contact management applications. Duplicating your contacts as a vCard allows you to view them through a manager like Windows Contacts, or you can import them into your favorite contact management app.
  • Export contacts as CSV – this is a great option for people who need to keep an eye on their contacts and is great for businesses. CSV files (or comma separated values) can be opened in spreadsheet managers such as Microsoft Excel.
  • Copy contacts directly to the contacts manager – Droid Transfer will eliminate the middle man and copy your Android contacts directly to Windows Contacts or Microsoft Outlook for you.
  • Backup and restore – you can create an Android contacts backup file that you can restore to another phone or Android in the future. Unlike traditional restore/sync processes, you can choose exactly what you want to backup and restore with Droid Transfer – no scary overwrite sync!

Droid Transfer will backup all the information contained in your contacts Name, number, address, location, notes, photos, email, organization and more!

Save and print Android messages

Saving messages to your PC can be a daunting feat. If you need to keep a copy of your text message conversations, for your personal or business records, you may find yourself spending hours taking screenshots of messages. This is neither efficient nor desirable.

Fortunately, this is where Droid Transfer really excels. With it, you can access all your Android SMS and MMS conversations through your computer. Droid Transfer ensures that all important information is saved in your messages, including any photos or videos in your messages, as well as the time and date each message was sent and received.

As well as managing your Contacts, you have a few options when it comes to backing up your text messages:

  • Save message as PDF – Best format for sharing your messages via email or for easy viewing. The PDF portable document format (or portable format) will include any images in your message.
  • Export photos and videos in messages – Use the Save HTML option in Droid Transfer to save your conversations to an HTML file and export including any images and videos attached to a separate folder on your PC.
  • Save as text file – Use this option if you only want to save the text from your message. Unlike other file types, Plain Text does not include message formatting such as message bubbles. It also contains no media such as images or videos.
  • Print SMS and MMS – Printing your messages ensures you have a hard copy of your conversations. The printed message will include any attached images.

Backup and manage all your Android device data

So now that you have backed up your contacts and text messages from your phone, you may be wondering what else you can do with Droid Transfer…

Here are a few more popular features:

  • Manage your music: Easily add or remove tracks from your Android. Transfer music from Android to PC and vice versa. You can even use Droid Transfer to sync your Android with iTunes which is not possible without the software.
  • Export call log: Backup your Android call history to PC as HTML, PDF or CSV. Android can usually only keep 500 calls in their history. So if you don’t want to lose your old history, make regular backups.
  • Transfer application: Droid Transfer provides the ability to install or install apps on Android from your computer. You can even copy your apps to your computer, then transfer them to another Android! (app data not included)
  • Photo backup: Make regular backups of your snapshots with appearance image export. It will let you know when you have new photos on your phone that you haven’t backed up, so you won’t have to worry about losing them.

Why do we recommend Droid Transfer?

Droid Transfer comes with a free trial, which we recommend. The free version allows you to connect your phone and PC and back up a limited number of files on your Android device.

The full version of Droid Transfer costs $30 for a perpetual software license and all trial limitations removed. Droid gets new features and updates regularly, which can also be downloaded for free. While the program is easy to use, there is a friendly support team to help with any queries you may have.

So, if you need to backup or transfer your Android phone contacts, save and print Android text messages, or backup any Android phone files to your PC, look no further. Droid Transfer is a comprehensive utility that meets all your Android file transfer and backup needs.

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