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How to transfer contacts from Android to Android?

by Naseem Kaloo
How to transfer contacts from Android to Android - Team Touch Droid

You only ask ‘How to transfer contacts’ in many possible scenarios. Maybe you’ve got a new phone, upgraded from Android to iPhone or your phone is dead & you want to access contacts.

P.S. these are only a few reasons; there could be endless possibilities that make you transfer contacts from one phone to another.

Whatever it is, you want your goal achieved successfully. Therefore, we are here to help you out with a handful of tried and tested ways to transfer contacts easily between smartphones.

(Trust me; you can do this even if you have been relying on your friend to do this for you till now!)

3 Simple Ways to Transfer Contacts from Android to Android

  • Transfer Contacts with Google Sync

We all know that creating a Google account is the very first thing we do while inaugurating our Android phone. If you already have a Google account in an old phone with synchronization turned on, take a breath!

You’ve eased 99% of your task by syncing contacts to Google account. The 1% left is to check whether you’ve done it right or not.

Step -1: Go to Settings > Accounts > Add Account

(Follow this step only if you’re creating a new Google Account on device one i.e., source device for contact transfer to device two i.e., destination device)

Step -2: Go to Settings > Accounts > Select your Google Account > Enable Sync Contacts

Do Step #2 on device one (from which you have to transfer contacts)

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Step -3: Sign-in to the same Google account as in device one. Go to Settings > Account > Select your Google Account > Select Contacts > Tap Sync Now

Once you do this, the contacts are transferred & synced with the destination device.

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  • Transfer contacts from Android to SIM Card

You always have alternatives when you want to transfer contacts from one device to another. Here is the 2nd method.

Pre-cap: We will transfer your contacts from device one to SIM card active on the same device. When you insert this SIM card in device two, you can import contacts there. That’s it!

Follow these steps now:

  1. Go to the Contacts app on your Android smartphone.
  2. Tap on the 3-dotted icon on the top-right of your screen
  3. Select Manage Contacts > Import/Export Contacts
  4. We’re transferring contacts from Android to SIM first, so we will Export them. So, tap on Export Contacts & then select the SIM card you want to transfer contacts to.
  5. Wait for the contacts to get transferred successfully.

This was part one. Now we have to transfer contacts to device two.

  1. Go to the Contacts app on your Android smartphone.
  2. Tap on the 3-dotted icon on the top-right of your screen
  3. Select Manage Contacts > Import/Export Contacts
  4. We’re now transferring contacts from SIM to Android, so we will Import them. So, tap on Import Contacts & then select the SIM card you want to transfer contacts from.
  5. Wait for the contacts to get transferred successfully.

Tadaa! You’re done.

However, you should only follow this method if you will use the same SIM card in device two. Else, you may only use this SIM card as a medium for contact transfer.

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We know many of you might find “how to transfer contacts from the phone to SIM” very basic. Some are still looking for solutions, so we mentioned this here in detail.

  • Transfer contacts with VCF file

In the case when you have too many contacts to transfer & you want to ensure transfer contact by contact, this is it. You can easily exchange contacts from one Android device to another using VCF files.

It’s incredibly useful as you can transfer 50000 of your contacts in one shot using the VCF file.

Also, the maximum size of a vCard is 256KB (photo + text).

Here is the stepwise process to export contacts as a VCF file (as in Android 9.0 Pie version):

  1. Open Contacts > Tap on 3-dotted menu > Share
  2. Select the contacts that you want to share. If you want to go with selected contacts, tick against them. If you want to select them all, tap against the checkbox against select all on the top.
  3. You will view numerous options via which you can export the VCF file. This simply lets you export contacts via smartphone applications.

On the destination device, you can simply download & import the file & the contacts will be automatically saved.

That’s all, folks!

I hope you will follow these steps & import/export contacts successfully from one Android device to another. Feel free to drop your troubles in comments (if any). Also, learn what Google says for contact transfer.

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