How to Transfer Contacts From One Phone to Another
Maybe you’ve heard your buddy at work raving about a new phone that was just released. Or you’ve decided to try a larger device, so you can see it better. Or maybe a phone manufacturer just came out with an incredible deal on their latest, hottest phone. And so you go for it.
Because let’s face it. Getting a new phone can be pretty exciting. It feels like your birthday, the first day of school, and a first date all rolled into one.
But just like a first date or the first day of school, there’s a little awkwardness that goes along with it. Because while you long ago got used to your old phone and how it worked, now you have to get used to a whole new phone and how it works. And the first thing you’re going to have to figure out is how to transfer phone contacts to your new phone. Sometimes it’s easy. Sometimes it takes a little effort. But we’re here to show you how to transfer contacts from one phone to another, no matter what kind of phone you just got, or used to have.
How to transfer contacts depends on your phone
So, while the latest smartphones look and work very similarly, they do have unique operating systems and perform some tasks differently. For that reason, how you transfer contacts from one phone to another depends on the kind of phone you have, and the kind of phone you’re moving them to. But before you do anything, remember to back up your contacts.
How to transfer contacts from AndroidTM to Android
It’s pretty easy to transfer contacts from Android to Android. But it does require a few steps. First off, if you already have an Android phone, you probably also have a GoogleTM account or at least a Gmail account. That should make this pretty simple to transfer contacts from Android to Android. However, if you don’t have a Gmail account, you will need to create one in order to get the most out of your new Android. Once you’ve set it up, you can begin. Start with your old Android phone.
- Go to Settings
- Go to Accounts
- Select Google for a list of items to sync including contacts
- Select Contacts and others to transfer
- Check Sync Now and your data will be saved in Google’s servers
Once you’ve done that, you can start your new Android phone. During start-up the phone will ask for your Google account information. Sign in, and your new Android will automatically sync your contacts and other data. That’s it. You just managed to transfer contacts from Android to Android phone.
Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone®
Like the way to transfer contacts from Android to Android, transferring your contacts from an Android phone to an iPhone requires a Google or Gmail account. But before you do anything else, make sure you backup your phone. Now, let’s get started.
Go to Settings on your Android phone and choose Accounts and Sync or something similar. It’s impossible to be precise about the wording because there are so many versions out there. In any event, once you find it, enter your Gmail account details and enable sync. Your phone and Google Contacts will be synced.
Now, open your new iPhone. Go to Settings, then scroll down and tap Accounts & Passwords (or Mail, Contacts, Calendars in older versions of iOS). Add your Gmail account. Make sure Contacts are enabled. And that’s it. You managed to transfer contacts from an Android to an iPhone.
Transfer contacts from iPhone to Android
Need to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android? You’re in luck. Your iPhone actually gives you three ways to transfer your contacts. Here they are in no particular order.
Transferring with a Google Account. Once again, you need a Google account. If you don’t have one, go to Google.com and select Create Account. After that, go to Settings on your iPhone & open Mail, Contacts, Calendars and enter your Google account. Press Add Account, select the Gmail option, and enter your login information. Your iPhone will ask which parts of your Google account you’d like to sync. Select Contacts. But be patient. If you have a lot of contacts, it could take a while. You’ll need an active internet connection while your contacts sync.
For some reason, your iPhone won’t tell you when your contacts are synced. But you can check their progress on the Google Contacts website from your desktop. Sign in with your Google account, and check up on the contacts from there. Once your contacts are synced, log in to your Android device with your Google account information. There you go. You just managed to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android.
Transferring with iCloud®. If you use iCloud on your iPhone, this method couldn’t be easier. Start by opening your iPhone:
- Go to Settings
- Choose Mail, Contacts, Calendars
- Choose Accounts
- Choose iCloud option
- Toggle on Contacts
- Your iPhone will prompt you to “Merge” your device’s contacts with iCloud.
Once you’ve done this, go to iCloud.com on your laptop, log in with your Apple® ID and select Contacts. Click on the gear icon in the lower-left corner, press Select All, click the wheel again, and choose Export vCard. Next, go to gmail.com, click on Mail and select Contacts. Click the tab labeled More, select Import, then Choose File and select your saved vCard File. When your contacts have been imported, Gmail will display the number of contacts that have been imported. If you have duplicate contacts, you can clear them out by clicking Find & Merge Duplicates under the More tab.
Transferring with iTunes®. If you don’t use a Google account, Apple gives you one more way to transfer your Contacts using iTunes on your desktop. Start by connecting your iPhone to your desktop. Open iTunes and click on iPhone in the upper-right hand corner. Open the Info tab, toggle on Sync Contacts with. Choose Google Contacts from the dropdown and enter your Google account information. Once your iPhone is synced, you can log in to your Android phone with your Google account information, and you should find all your Contacts there.
Transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone
Apple engineers never seem to tire of finding new ways to do the same thing. Like all the ways they have to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone. In fact, there are so many ways to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone, that we devoted an entire article to it. You can read “How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone” here.
Get a new phone. Keep your old contacts.
And there you have it. No matter what type of smartphone you have, or what phone you’re going to have, you now know how to move your contacts to any phone. One reminder. As we mentioned earlier, before you do anything, backup your contacts. Just in case.
And remember too, if you ever want to upgrade your phone, you can find just about any model through MyWit® that has been refurbished. You get a newer phone and can save money in the process.