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How to transfer contacts from your old phone to your new phone

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Last updated by Rod McRae

One of the most important things you can do in setting up a new phone is making sure all your contacts are moved over. This process seems more intimidating then it actually is. Below are the steps for the most common ways to transport your contacts.

1. Via SD Card 

To save the contacts on the old phone

  1. Tap Contacts
  2. Tap the menu button
  3. Tap Import/Export
  4. Tap Export to device storage
  5. Then remove the SD card and put it into the new phone

To transfer the contacts onto the new phone

  1. Insert SD card into the new phone
  2. Tap contacts
  3. Tap the menu button
  4. Tap Import/Export
  5. Tap Import from device storage

Note: Depending on the version of operating system you are running the steps may say Device Storage instead of SD Card.

2. Via Bluetooth

  1. Enable Bluetooth on both devices. Make sure the old device is visible to all devices
  2. On the new device Scan for available devices.
  3. Select the old phone to pair with it (if successfully paired, the old phone will appear in the Bluetooth menu of the new phone)
  4. Open the contacts on the old phone
  5. Press the menu button in the upper right corner and select Share
  6. Select the contacts that you want to chare
  7. Tap on Share in the upper right corner
  8. Select the the option to share as vCard file (VCF)
  9. Select the Bluetooth logo in the next menu screen that pops up
  10. Select the new phone from the list of devices
  11. Accept the incoming file on the new phone

3. Via a Gmail account

  1. Go to Back Up and Reset 
  2. Check the option to Back up my data
  3. This will make sure your contacts are backed up to your Google account
  4. Enter that Google account to the new phone
  5. Your contacts will be imported form that back up from Google

4. iPhone to iPhone contacts transfer

  1. Open the settings of your old iPhone
  2. Tap on your name then tap iCloud (if you are running an older version of iOS you will need to tap on iCloud)
  3. Tap iCloud backup
  4. Tap Backup now
  5. Sync the new phone to that back up.

5. Android to iPhone contacts transfer

Apple has made a handy app for people that are going from Android to iPhones for the first time. Read all about it here.

If you only want to move your contacts from your old Android phone, follow these steps....

For iOS 9 and older

  1. Open Settings on the iPhone
  2. Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  3. Select Add Account
  4. Select Google
  5. Then enter your Gmail account details
  6. Enable the option to sync the contacts
  7. Open the Contacts App to make sure that they are there.

For iOS 10 and newer

  1. Open Settings
  2. Select Contacts
  3. Select Accounts
  4. Select Add Account
  5. Select Google
  6. Enter your Google account information
  7. Enable sync with contacts
  8. Open the Contacts app and verify that they are all there

 

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