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Back up and sync of contacts across multiple devices

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I want to back up and sync my contacts list from multiple devices ( Windows PC / Laptop / Iphone 6 / Ipod Touch ) in one place.  Can I do this via Vodafone and if so, how ? Any advice welcome...thanks

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One of the easiest ways to accomplish this across multiple Platforms and devices is to use a Google Account.

  • Create a Gmail account
  • import all your Contacts into your Google account
  • All platforms and devices offer a "import from Google" option for contacts

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17: Community Champion

One of the easiest ways to accomplish this across multiple Platforms and devices is to use a Google Account.

  • Create a Gmail account
  • import all your Contacts into your Google account
  • All platforms and devices offer a "import from Google" option for contacts

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You can use Hotmail as well.



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I use a Hosted Microsoft Exchange Account. This can be accessed using a browser, Outlook on a MAc or PC or most other mail clients and all mobile devices.

 

Anything done on any device - sending/deleting/reading an email or changing a contact or calendar entry - will automatically be mirrored on all devices. It isn't free but for around £8 a month it's excellent value in my opinion.

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As well as syncing - I'll second the suggestion to use an online account such as Google - you can back up by using the export option.   On Android devices (I don't know about others), it's in the Contacts app menu and exports your contacts to a vcard file you can import elsewhere, including other devcies and online services.   I do this regularly and keep copies on my pc and two cloud services.  You may have several hundred contacts, so as many backups as you can manage makes a lot of sense.

 

Android 5 (Lollipop) requires you to add a password, which will limit where you can re-import (it warns you about this), which is a bit of a shame.  Security is a good thing, but I also prefer to decide for myself where I want it.

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