Getting a new phone can be an incredibly exciting time, however it can quickly become stressful when you want to transfer data from your old phone to your new one.
To alleviate the stress and ensure a stress-free migration, this article will cover 3 easy ways to transfer contacts from Android to Android. Check out our other article if you need to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone instead.
Here are the three contact transfer methods reviewed:
- Transfer with Droid Transfer
- Sync with Google Account
- Device-Specific apps
- Extra: Transfer other files from Android to Android
Transfer Contacts from Android to Android: Droid Transfer
Our most powerful method comes first - Droid Transfer software. This option is for users who wish to have an all-in-one Android manager. Using Droid Transfer, not only can you easily transfer contacts from Android to Android, but you can copy other stuff like Messages, Photos, Calendars, Music and more to your computer.
Droid Transfer on your PC connects to a free app "Transfer Companion" on your Android device. Then, you can transfer anything you like from Android to PC. Transfer contacts from Android to Android - Here's how:
- Download Droid Transfer on your PC and launch it.
- Get the free Transfer Companion App on both of your Android phones.
- With the phone that contains your contacts, scan the Droid Transfer QR code with the Transfer Companion App to connect Android and PC.
- Click "Contacts" to view the Android contacts.
- Click "Backup & Restore", then "Backup".
- Choose to backup all contacts or select certain contacts, then hit "Backup".
- Once the backup is complete, disconnect your Android device, and connect the new Android that you want to transfer the contacts to.
- Click "Backup & Restore" again, then "Restore".
- Locate and select your saved contact backup file from step 6.
- Choose to restore all contacts, or select contacts, then hit "Restore".
Droid Transfer will then transfer contacts from the backup into your Contacts app on your new phone!
You can even copy your Android contacts to your PC as vCard or CSV, or directly into Windows Contacts or Microsoft Outlook! Find out how to copy Android contacts to PC >
Summary (Droid Transfer):
✔ Wired or Wireless file transfer ✔ Secure local transfers ✔ User-friendly interface ✔ Transfer of many different data types ✔ Locally stored data ✔ Feature-rich software
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How to Sync Contacts from Android to Android: Google Account
Once of the easiest way to transfer your contacts from Android to Android is using your Google account. You can use Google's Cloud to upload your contacts (and other information like Calendars if you wish), then you can access the information on any device with which you are signed into your Google account.
This is a great way to share information across multiple devices, however if you prefer for your information not to be stored in the cloud, you may want to consider Method 1 instead.
Let's see how to sync contacts from Android to Android using your Google Account:
- Grab your old Android phone and open the Settings app.
- Find and tap "Accounts" in the list, then tap "Google".
- Tap your Google account.
- If "Contacts" is disabled, tap to enable it.
- Start your new Android device and sign-in to your Google account.
If "Contacts" was not already toggled "ON" on your old device, it may take some time to upload your contacts to Google's cloud. Once complete, your contacts will also appear in Gmail.
When you start up your new Android device and sign-in with your Google account, your contacts (as well as any other information you have chosen to sync with Google) will be synced to your new Android phone.
Summary (Google Account):
✔ Quick and Easy ✔ Free ✔ Transfer of many different data types ✖ Requires internet connection ✖ Data must be stored in cloud
The final method I'd like to briefly talk about is device-specific apps. By this, I mean apps created by the manufacturer of a device to help you switch your device to it. For example, Samsung created the "Smart Switch" app to help users with a new Samsung device transfer across their data from their old device.
Smart Switch offers a number of transfer options to suit any setup: device to device using Wi-Fi or USB, and from PC or Mac to your Android.
Depending on the make of your new Android device, there may be a device-specific app which could help you migrate your information you your new device.
Summary (Samsung Smart Switch):
✔ Direct device to device transfer ✔ Wired or Wireless transfer ✔ Free ✔ No need to store info online ✔ Transfer of many different data types ✖ Limited by device make
Transfer other files from Android to Android
So, you've mastered how to transfer contacts to a new device, but do you hunger for more? How do I transfer everything from Android to Android? Find out how to transfer photos, calendars, files, messages and music >
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