How To Move Your Contacts To A New Android Phone
If you were one of the lucky people who got a new Android phone for Christmas then you may well be asking yourself this very question, How can I move my contacts to my new phone?
Unlike the old days when you were forced to enter the numbers one by one into your new phone, today’s phones are designed to make life a little easier and provide several easy ways to transfer your contacts between devices.
We have a step by step guide for of the most common ways to help you transfer your contacts hassle free and in next to no time, they are as follows:-
Backup contacts to your SIM or SD Card
Transfer contacts using Bluetooth
Backup contacts to Google Gmail
How to backup contacts to your SIM or SD Card
Perhaps the easiest way to backup the contacts to your new Android phone is by moving the contacts to your SIM card. This is a fairly straight forward process and you just need to follow the steps below.
- Open the contacts app on your phone
- Have a look for the settings menu, this is sometimes located under the more or additional heading
- Choose the import/export option.
- Select the contact import location such as email or phone
- Now choose the export location in this case the SIM card or SD card
- Insert the SIM / SD card with the copied contacts on into your new phone.
- Then repeat steps 1 to 5 only this time importing the new contacts from your SIM card or SD card.
How to Transfer contacts using Bluetooth
This is another fairly quick way and very useful if you don’t have too many contacts.
- Firstly enable the Bluetooth on both of your phones
- On the destination phone, you need to ensure the device is set as visible.
- On your old phone (with the contacts on) you need to open the contacts or person app.
- Go to the settings menu and select import/export
- There should be a Share option, sometimes listed as a Share visible contacts option. select this. You may now be able to select the contacts you wish to share. or click the share all tick box.
- Select the Bluetooth option and in the next menu. you phone will check for visible Bluetooth devices this could take a minute. After you should see a list of all the visible Bluetooth devices in range, locate the select the name of your new phone.
- On the receiving phone you should get a notification, confirm to receive the file and it will be imported into your contacts.
How to back up contacts to Google Gmail Account
You can also transfer your contacts from one android device to another by making use of Google’s backup service. This can be a good idea to do on your Android phone as it will prevent you from losing your contacts’ information should the phone break or be misplaced.
If you have linked a Gmail account you and set it up on your phone there is a good chance you contacts may already be synced with your Gmail account, if not follow these steps.
- Find and click the icon for settings, usually this looks like a cog or gear. If you can’t see the icon/shortcut don’t worry you can simply go to your app list and find the settings shortcut from there.
- Scroll down the settings options until you find the backup/reset option and select it.
- Scroll through this menu and press the tab that says Backup and reset.
- Now you need to ensure that the backup my data option is selected. Check the correct data backup account is listed.
- This will ensure that your contacts are automatically backed up. So if you add a new contact it will be synced to your Gmail account.
To import the contacts into your new phone just set up your Gmail account.
Head to your contacts and select import/export contacts,
For the import from select Gmail, and copy to select contacts, simple.
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