Lately there seems to have been a rash of broken, lost, or stolen phones amongst my friends.
For many of you this means lost contacts.
In an endeavor to save you this problem in the future I have prepared the following quick guide (mostly just links on how-to).
As a side note. Some of you that have lost your contacts may in fact have had the below solutions already running without your knowledge.
Running the restore feature of the below apps could restore your contacts.
Bottom line is that every phone has an option and/or method for you to backup and restore your contacts.
How To backup Your Phone Contacts
There are several apps that will backup contacts for iPhones, Blackberrys, and Android phones.
Search your particular app store for:
iDrive – The “lite” version is free. Does iPhone, Blackberry, Android.
MyBackup Pro – $5 in the Android Market.
Titanium Backup – $6 in the Android market. Requires ROOT (if you don’t know what that is then you don’t want this).
There are of course other backup apps. You’ll just have to search your App Store / Market. Be sure to read the reviews!
When you get an iPhone you’ve committed yourself to having to use iTunes to manage your phone from a computer.
Droids are built to use Gmail (rather the OS is). If you’ve got a droid get a Gmail account.
You can configure your phone to sync automatically.
Although your phone isn’t going to look exactly like the pic below, the steps to turn this feature on will be similar enough for you to figure it out.
AT&T uses an application called Mobile Backup.
It works with most AT&T phones EXCEPT iPhones.
Sprint uses an application called Mobile Sync.
Same deal as AT&T.
Verizon uses an application called Backup Assistant.
FWIW – I’ve got a rooted Droid X on Verizon. I use Gmail sync and Titanium Backup (I also export those contacts from Gmail to a .csv file to my computer). I’m currently not using the Backup Assistant.