I don't want to sync all my contacts with my Google account. I would like to just keep my contacts on my phone and back it up myself. I have disabled contacts syncing in the accounts settings on my phone, but when I try to add a new contact through the 'Contacts' app, it tells me that my new contact will be synchronized with my google account.

  • Which Android OS version is your phone running? Also, the answer will depend on which "Contacts" app you are using. These vary between different phone manufacturers, so please add which phone model you have.
    – Chahk
    Jul 16, 2014 at 18:27

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When adding contacts to the phone via Google's built-in Contacts app, it will give you a choice how to save the contact. While adding a new contact, tap the "Google contact" to expand the drop-down for more choices on where to save it, and choose the option to store it only locally:

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Keep in mind that various phone manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, Motorola, etc. load their own versions of some system apps, including the "Contacts" app. Your Contacts app may look differently, and have this option elsewhere (or may be completely missing it.)


You can go to App Drawer > Select Phone > Tap on the three dots > Select "Import/Export" > And then select "Export to storage". This will back up all your contacts on your phone itself. You can later on import from this backup if needed. However, you need to do this manually every time you modify your contact list.


It may well be the option Chahk describes in his answer is not present on your device. I've noticed some devices coming without a "local account". If that's your case, there's e.g. MyLocalAccount creating one for you.

For other contact tools, you might wish to take a look into my list ;)


In addition to the other suggestions, you can have a look at DecSync and DecSync CC Android app for keeping contacts (and calendars + task lists) on your device in simple text files.

It registers as a contacts provider and the underlying storage files can be backed up or synchronised via a 3rd-party app like Syncthing.

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