How to Transfer Contacts to a New Android Phone

Not long ago, contact information was stored on the mobile phone itself or the SIM card. Thus, when you changed your phone, you had to copy all the contacts to the SIM and insert that same SIM in the new phone.

The downside of this method is that you lose your contact details forever if you lose your SIM card. Today, luckily, you can save phone numbers in the cloud, which makes the process of transferring contacts and phone numbers from an old phone to a new one much easier and faster.

How to transfer all your contacts to a new Android Phone

Of course, the first thing to do is check if you have the cloud backup activated for all this to work. This will ensure that the synchronization of contacts is active.

  • Open the Android “Settings” menu.
  • Go to “Accounts” and click on your main Google account.
  • Enter “Synchronization”.
  • Verify that the “Contacts” tab is enabled. It also does not hurt to check that the last synchronization date is recent (this way, you will ensure that no contact is missing or excess).

How to Sync Contacts on Samsung Galaxy Phones

In some mobiles like Samsung Galaxy, you can enable this option from “Settings -> Accounts and backup -> Manage accounts”.

Select your main Gmail account, and from “Synchronize account,” verify that the synchronization of “Contacts” is active.

Set up your Google account in the new Android terminal

To finish, you will only have to configure your Gmail account on the new phone, and automatically all the mumbers will be transferred to the new phone. That easy!

If you already have a Google account set up on your phone, wait a few minutes for the contacts to sync or restart the device. Make sure you have an Internet connection available to update your contact list.

And what if I have two different Gmail accounts?

If you do not want (or cannot) use the same Gmail account on both devices, you will have to export the contacts in a VCF file.

  • Open the “Contacts” app on your old Android device.
  • Display the options menu that you will see in the upper right area of ​​the screen.
  • Click on “Select all” and hit the “Share” button.
  • Android will generate a VCF file with all the contacts in your address book.
  • Share the file by Bluetooth, Google Drive, Gmail, or any other method you have available. The goal is to receive this file on your new phone. Note: Taking into account that in the new mobile, you are going to use a different email, a good option may be to send the file to the new email address.

And ready! When you have the VCF file on the new Android phone, just open it to load the contact list. On some mobiles, we can also open the “Contacts” app, and from the options, menu select “Manage contacts -> Import contacts.”

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