One of the most exciting moments is here: After you have chosen and received your new Android smartphone, you finally hold it in your hands and are ready to open it to start the familiar setup process. While you will undoubtedly be eager to explore its new features, the first obstacle you will encounter is related to your contacts and how you can transfer them from your old device to the new one.
The good news is that there are several ways to do this, and you can choose the one that seems fastest, easiest, and most practical for you. To assist you, we have gathered them all and explained the process step by step:
Transfer your contacts through a Google Account:
If you’re lucky, you have already set up your old Android smartphone to automatically save your contacts to the Google Account connected to your device. In this case, you won’t need to do anything except ensuring that synchronization is active on your old phone.
Once you open your new phone for the first time, you’ll be asked to sign in with your Google Account. After entering the same account details you had on your old device, the transfer of your contacts will happen automatically.
If your Google Account was not synchronized with your old phone, don’t worry; there’s still a way to do it. To transfer your contacts in bulk to be synchronized automatically on your new Android smartphone, you need to export all your contact entries to a file and then import them into the Google Contacts app.
To do this, follow these steps:
- Open the “Contacts” app on your phone and tap on the “Edit” and “Manage” option, located in the lower-right corner.
- On the new page, select “Export to file” and then click on the file type, i.e., “Export to .vcf file.”
- Upload the file with your contacts to your Google Account by visiting contacts.google.com from a computer.
- On the left bar, you will see the “Import” option.
- Click to upload your file with all your contacts to your Google Account, and you’re ready to go.
From now on, remember to save every new contact to your Google Account.
Using other apps:
If you don’t want to use Google’s options, you can try transferring contacts through other apps.