How to Transfer Contacts from Android to Android

What good is a new phone without all your contacts in one place? While you can probably kill a few days with free apps from the Google Play Store, you'll probably want to call or text someone at some point. Of course, there is always the "Who's calling me?" scenario, where names with numbers are useful.

Use Google accounts to transfer contacts from old phone to new phone

Since all Android phones strongly recommend that you sign in with your Gmail account (and lose a lot of functionality if you don't), chances are you won't have to do much work to get your contacts on your new phone. Either way, here's how to transfer your contacts from Android to Android.

  1. On your old phone, select "Settings" using the app drawer or pulling down the taskbar, depending on your phone.
  2. Go to "Accounts" and find the sync option, where and how it appears depending on your manufacturer and Android version. You can sync your contacts through all accounts or just your main Google account. Clicking on the Google account also lets you choose what to sync if you only want contacts.

The above steps ensure that your contacts are shared with your Google account in the cloud. Now just sign into your Google account on the new Android phone, and it does the rest.

If the above steps do not successfully sync your contacts through Google, repeat the steps on your new smartphone. Make sure you're using the correct Google Account on both phones. The option to sync everything in the "Accounts" menu ensures that all phone numbers are stored and retrieved if any are in another Google account. Your old numbers should appear on your new phone and you're ready to pick up where you left off.

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