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How to transfer cell phone numbers to a computer

Updated March 23, 2017

Cell phones have become the way of the world because of cheap rate plans and cell phones. People have become dependent on their cellular address books for the storage of all contact information. It is a good idea to have a copy of your contacts saved to a computer, in the event your cell phone becomes lost, stolen or broken. Transferring the cell phone numbers to a computer is simple and there are a variety of ways to complete the task, irrespective of the type of phone you own.

Connect the phone to your computer using the USB cable, if equipped. Many smart phones, as well as the iPhone, come equipped with an USB cable for syncing purposes. This allows to phone to be directly connected to the computer, which begins a process called a "sync". Syncing the phone allows users to back up all cellular data at any time. Once the sync has taken place, all information, including cell phone numbers, will be saved on your computer.

Complete the transfer manually. This option works best for older phones which do not come equipped with the ability to directly connect with your computer. You can save contacts in a variety of formats, such as a spreadsheet, word document or in your e-mail contact list. The process is time consuming and requires more patience, but still gets the numbers stored to a computer. The advantage of this method is that it allows you to "clean out" your contacts as you are making the transfer, eliminating numbers or people you no longer need stored in your contacts.

Subscribe to a service through your cellular provider. Such services provides a backup of your contact information on their website, saved privately under your personal account. The contacts can be accessed with your account password on any computer, at any time. The disadvantage is that nominal fees may apply. According to Verizon Wireless, "Backup Assistant" automatically saves a copy your contacts which are stored in your phone. Furthermore, users can print, add, delete or edit contacts online.

Things You'll Need

  • USB cable (optional)
  • Internet (optional)
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About the Author

Erika Bryant worked with Channel 2 news in Atlanta, GA for a year. Bryant has also written for her college newspaper, "The Signal", a neighborhood newsletter, and Firehow.com. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Georgia State University.