1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    I have a Samsung Galaxy S8, and want to store my contacts in the phone's memory AND also to my Samsung account as a back up. Syncing does not appear to do this.
    Any help would be appreciated, thanks ~ Maurice
    12-01-2017 04:52 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! If you save it to your Samsung account, doesn't it show up in your phone as well? It should also sync with your Samsung account, such that it's essentially backed up there.

    I usually recommend against saving contacts in the Phone account, unless you have absolutely no faith or trust in the cloud.
    12-01-2017 08:28 PM
  3. Rukbat's Avatar
    The Contacts app always saves to the phone. In addition, if you choose the Google account when adding a new contact (first thing on the screen - a pulldown) it will back it up to your Drive account. If you back it up to your Samsung account, it will also back it up there (when you sync it - the Google sync works when you save the contact).

    And, as B.Diddy said, I always recommend using the Google account for contacts. You can't retrieve contacts from a phone that died, one that got run over or one that got stolen. But retrieving them from Google is as simple as putting your Google account (not email, Google - you can use the same email address for both) in the new phone and letting the phone sync. Samsung would also be good - belt and suspenders - but I think the world would have more problems than your missing contacts if Google's cloud servers all died at the same time.
    B. Diddy and hallux like this.
    12-03-2017 01:23 PM
  4. maurie45's Avatar
    Thank you for your suggestions. The problem I have, is that there is only the option to "MOVE TO" the Google Account ~ not "SAVE A COPY TO" Google. This implies that all of my contacts will be literally shifted from my phone across to Google, leaving the phone's memory empty.
    I don't want this, because I'm sometimes in areas where there is no WI FI coverage or network coverage, therefore would not have access to my contacts. So...my reason for wanting them stored on both locations, simultaneously. In this case, I use HF radio for comm's, but need the contact details stored in my phone. I'm all for cloud storage ~ use it all the time, but this is perhaps an exception.
    12-06-2017 12:43 AM
  5. maverick1733's Avatar
    Can not get into my metro account at all
    12-06-2017 01:21 AM
  6. B. Diddy's Avatar
    This implies that all of my contacts will be literally shifted from my phone across to Google, leaving the phone's memory empty.
    Contacts saved to your Google account are synced with your Google Contacts in the cloud. But that doesn't mean that the contacts are completely inaccessible on the phone without a web connection. You can definitely access those contacts on the phone without a web connection -- it's just that any changes or additions you make on the phone (or in the cloud) won't sync until you reestablish a web connection.
    hallux likes this.
    12-06-2017 01:49 PM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Can not get into my metro account at all
    Welcome to Android Central! Your question doesn't seem to have any relation to this thread. I suggest creating a new thread for your question, and please make sure to include plenty of details. Thanks!
    12-06-2017 01:50 PM

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