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Title: Phone contacts backup on PC - how do I open a .vcf?
Post by: josey on Friday 22 December 17 13:56 GMT (UK)
Just had a bit of a panic when I lost my Samsung - android - phone while out shopping in Holmfirth yesterday. Went down again this am & found I had left it in ....wait for it ... the shop called Lost & Found  ::)

Having panicked that I had lost many my contact phone numbers I have now created a backup file for phone 'Contacts'. This is a .vcf file which I have transferred to my [Windows] laptop. HOWEVER [and there's always a however with technology for me  :-\] when trying to open the file to read the numbers it appears I need MS Outlook which I do not have. Can I open the .vcf file in MS Excel?

Thanks, Josey
Title: Re: Phone contacts backup on PC - how do I open a .vcf?
Post by: PaulineJ on Friday 22 December 17 14:07 GMT (UK)
All my contacts are saved to my (g)mail account.
Got a new phone (and sim contract) , logged in and all my contacts appeared by magic
Title: Re: Phone contacts backup on PC - how do I open a .vcf?
Post by: josey on Friday 22 December 17 14:13 GMT (UK)
Thanks for replying.

I did try to save them to my googlemail account but only email addresses came across, not the ones with just phone numbers. Not sure what I did wrong..... Anyway I've had a fiddle & I have found I can open the .vcf file with Notepad or Wordpad & saved it as a searchable document file. SO all well, I feel I have got a readable file on my laptop which will now get backed up itself to an external disk.
Title: Re: Phone contacts backup on PC - how do I open a .vcf?
Post by: mezicklivi on Saturday 13 January 18 06:05 GMT (UK)

After backing up contacts on PC as a vcf format or file, I think you need to through the Android assistant tool to help you transfer these contacts to your phone again. And it supports to import files like contacts from PC to phone, not so trouble.
Title: Re: Phone contacts backup on PC - how do I open a .vcf?
Post by: josey on Saturday 13 January 18 09:49 GMT (UK)
Thanks for replying.

My immediate aim was not to reload the contacts into same or another phone but to have an off-phone [now on my laptop] readable backup file with contacts; I have achieved this by converting the .vcf to an .rtf. It seemed to me that there were so many contacts on my phone [and ONLY on my phone] that if I lost my phone I would lose all those contacts. Now i have a backup file to read on my laptop I feel less vulnerable. And yes, if I get another phone I can use the procedure you recommend, thank you.