How to transfer contacts from Android to Android

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2021-07-15
Abraham Miller

Switching from your old phone to a new one feels refreshing. You get to feel the new design, test out the new features, and delve into what comes with the whole package. However, the setup won’t be complete without transferring your data to the new phone. This article will guide you on how to transfer contacts from Android to Android in five easy methods.

How to transfer contacts from Android to Android:

There are various ways to transfer your contacts from your old Android phone to the new one. If you've been backing up your contacts with Google already, your contacts should automatically sync to the new Android phone once you sign in to your Google account.

 how to transfer contacts from android to android

If you've not done that already, however, here are the various methods on how to transfer contacts from Android to Android:

  1. Using Google Contacts.
  2. With your SIM card
  3. Via a .vcf file
  4. Using file-sharing apps
  5. Via Bluetooth

Using Google Contacts Sync

The simplest and most effective method to share contacts from one Android phone to another is using Google Contacts Sync. It is available on all Android devices and it’s easy to set up.  

Besides allowing you to transfer contacts from one device to another, Google Contacts allows you to save and share contacts across multiple devices where your Google account is signed in. It will also help you erase your contacts once you sign out.

If you’re yet to set up Google Contacts Sync on your phone, follow the steps below to do so.

  • Open the Settings app on your old Android phone
  • Click on If you have multiple Google accounts on your device, ensure you select the right one.
  • Tap Settings for Google apps.
  • Click on Google Contacts Sync
  • Tap “Also sync device contacts” and enable “Automatically back up & sync device contacts”
  • You may also need to select your preferred account if you have multiple Google accounts on your device.
  • Your contacts will be backed up shortly, but you may need to export the contacts on your SIM card manually, however.
  • After that, you can sign in to the same Google account on your new Android phone to view the contacts.

The contacts will also be available on other Android devices with your Google accounts signed in.

Transfer contacts with your SIM card

Another simple way to transfer your contacts from Android to Android is using your SIM cards. The thing is: you probably would switch your SIM cards as well if you're switching to a new Android phone. With that, you can easily export your contacts to the SIM card and they'd show up when you insert the SIM card to a new phone.

However, the downside of this is that your SIM card has limited contact storage. So, that might not be an option if you have hundreds of contacts.

Plus, it's not the safest option for storing your contacts, as you may misplace them anytime soon. Nonetheless, it's worth trying when looking for how to transfer contacts from Android to Android.

Here’s how to share contacts from Android to Android with your SIM card:

  • Open the Contacts app on your old phone.
  • Tap the 3-dot or cog icon at the top right to open the contacts menu.
  • From there, tap Import/export contacts.
  • On the next screen, tap where you want to import the contacts from. g “Phone contact”.
  • Next, select your SIM card on the list.
  • Then you’ll need to select all the contacts you wish to transfer. And after that, tap the OK button on the page to start copying the numbers to your SIM card.
  • You'll receive a notification once the transfer is completed.

Finally, you can now eject the SIM card from your old phone and insert it into the new one

Once again, not every SIM has the capacity to store your contacts. If this method didn’t work for you, try the next method below.

Send your contacts via a .vcf file

Another simple way to transfer your contacts to a new Android device is to export them as a .vcf file. In that way, you can share all your contacts at once without worrying about insufficient SIM card storage or something else.

More so, you can store the .vcf file in a more secured space for future purposes after importing the contacts to your new Android device.

Follow the steps below to learn how to transfer contacts from Android to Android through a .vcf file.

  • Launch the Contacts app on your device.
  • Tap the menu button at the top right corner.
  • Next, click on Import/export contacts.
  • Right there, click on Export contacts and then select “Export to .vcf file”.
  • Doing so will open the “Downloads” folder on your device. Tap Save to store the contacts as a .vcf file on your phone storage.
  • Now, what’s next is to find a way to transfer the “contacts.vcf” file to your new Android phone. You can transfer it over Bluetooth, file transfer apps, or via email.
  • After that, open the “contacts.vcf” file on your new Android phone
  • Select your Contacts app from the options, then select where to import the contacts to (either phone storage, your emails, or SIM cards)

Transfer your contacts using file-sharing apps

With data transfer becoming a must when you switch to a new phone, most file transfer apps not only allow your to share apps and file alone but contacts too.

If you're still not pleased with all the options mentioned above, then you can try using a third-party app to copy your contacts from an Android phone to the other.

Here, we'll use Xender, but there are many other apps, such as SHAREit, Xshare, and CLONEit, that allow you to do the same.

Here’s how to copy contacts from Android to Android with file transfer apps.

  • First, install Xender on both devices from the Play Store.
  • After that, launch the app on both devices, and then tap the 3-dash button at the upper right on the screen.
  • Select Phone Copy on both devices.
  • Follow the on-screen guide to complete and select “Contacts” when the two devices are connected.

Share your contacts via Bluetooth

Sending your contacts to a new phone via Bluetooth is pretty similar to sharing them via a .vcf file. It's just that you're sending the contacts file straight to the new device via Bluetooth.

Follow the steps below to send contacts from Android to Android with Bluetooth.

  • As usual, launch the Contacts
  • To share all your contacts at once:
    • Tap the menu button at the top right.
    • Select Import/export contacts.
    • Click on Export contacts and then hit Share all contacts!
    • Depending on your device, it might take you to the share sheet straight or ask you to "Tap to share contacts" from your notification panel. Either way, select Bluetooth from the options.
    • Now, open Bluetooth on the new device and share the file manually.
    • After receiving the file, simply import it to the new Android device.
  • To share individual or a few contacts:
    • Open the Contacts app, and then long press to select the contacts you wish to transfer.
    • After that, tap the Share button and select Share as vCard from the options.
    • Next, select Bluetooth from the list and share the file with your new Android device.
    • Simply import the contacts once the file is received.

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