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If a phone gets itself into a bad state and starts rebooting for no good reason, is there a way to export the contacts info so that after the phone is restored, the contacts can be reinstated? I don't think they were stored to the SIM.

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  • Do you use Google Play Store on your phone? If yes you are logged in with Google and contacts should be synced to Google Contacts. Check it out: contacts.google.com SIM contacts are nowadays used only by a few people, mainly because each entry only supports one name + one phone number.
    – Robert
    Mar 9, 2021 at 16:55
  • No, I don't. The phone is in a boot loop so I can only log in via adb.
    – wudude
    Mar 9, 2021 at 16:56
  • On modern devices adb backup does not include contacts, see this question. Therefore only if your device is rooted you may be able to extract the contacts.
    – Robert
    Mar 9, 2021 at 17:04
  • It would not be easy to export in standard format (do you mean a vcard/vcf?). You would want to try this answer first to verify whether adb can indeed access your contacts data or not. stackoverflow.com/a/59107487
    – Firelord
    Mar 9, 2021 at 18:35
  • Here is a shell script I use sometimes to export contacts from contacts2.db to VCF using sqlite3 commandline tool: android.stackexchange.com/a/215426/218526 Mar 10, 2021 at 2:01

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