How-To: Combine ‘Phone’ and ‘Google’ Contacts on Android

If you’re like me, you didn’t realize that adding new contacts to your Android device under ‘Phone’ would come back to haunt you should you lose your phone or change to a different device. Luckily, despite all my failed attempts in the past, it turns out there is a pretty easy way to combine ‘phone’ contacts with ‘Google’ contacts on Android devices.

  1. Open the ‘People’ app on your device
  2. Click ‘Menu’ > Import/Export > Export to SD card
  3. Export ‘Phone’
  4. After Phone contacts have successfully been exported, click ‘Menu’ > Import/Export > Import from SD card
  5. Select ‘Google’ when prompted to ‘Create contact under account’
  6. After the import finishes, go to Settings > Accounts & Sync > Google, and Sync now (may take awhile depending on how many phone numbers were imported)
  7. Log-in to Gmail (via computer) to verify that your contacts now include the phone numbers you imported (you may need to merge or delete duplicates)
  8. Success!

Now that you’ve got all your contacts in one place, you may need to merge and/or delete duplicates; Lifehacker’s (old, but) helpful guide to cleaning up your Google contacts may be of some assistance. Going forward, be sure to add new contacts to your Google account and not your Phone account if you want to make sure that you’ll have the info should you lose your phone or change devices.