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August 2019: How to transfer all contacts from your old Android or iPhone to a new smartphone




When buying a new smartphone, transferring the entire phonebook from your old phone to your newly purchased smartphone could be a big task. Here’s how you can make it a seamless process.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Many people face the tough challenge of transferring data from the old phone to the new one.
  • If you don't manage to transfer your contacts, it becomes difficult to make calls, send messages, use WhatsApp and make payments.
  • If you have just bought a new phone, here's how you can make sure your entire phonebook is cloned to the new phone.

With a myriad of smartphones coming out every month across various price ranges, consumers have started upgrading phones at a faster pace than before. With an increase in demand for new and convenient features in smartphones, the manufacturers are coming up with new models that house sophisticated features - for example, the periscope camera with 5X zoom in the Huawei P30 Pro or the rotating pop-up selfie camera on the Samsung Galaxy A80. With tempting features like these, it's hard not to give in to the temptation and make an investment into these smartphones

However, while making the purchase decision isn't hard, many people face the tough challenge of transferring data from the old phone to the new model. While most app data can be backed up on their native services, the most important data around which your connected life revolves is the phonebook. If you don't manage to transfer your contacts, it becomes difficult to make calls, send messages, use WhatsApp and make payments.

If you have just bought a new phone, here's how you can make sure your entire phonebook is cloned to the new phone. And don't worry, we have solutions for both Android and iOS platforms.

Transferring contacts from Android to Android:

--Go to Settings in your old Android phone and navigate to Google.

--Inside the Google section, search for backups and open it.

--By default, your Google account automatically takes a backup of all your contact on a frequent basis. You have to make sure that the auto backup option is enabled. If it isn't, turn on the backup and wait for the phone to sync it to your Google Drive.

--While saving a new contact, Android phones always ask where you want to save the contact. A wise decision is to select your Google account.

--On your new Android smartphone, simply login to your Google account and wait for the device to synchronize. After a few minutes, your phonebook should reflect all your contacts synchronized with your Google account.

--If you don't prefer or are unable to back up your data to Google's cloud, then most Android phones offer a way to share all contact details as a VCF file. You can share it over Bluetooth to your new device and simply install the file to get all your contacts.

Transferring from Android to iPhone:

--On your Android device, you need to backup all your contact to your Google Drive. Head over to the Google section and navigate to backups in the Settings menu.

--By default, your Google account automatically takes a backup of all your contact on a frequent basis. You have to make sure that the auto backup option is enabled. If it isn't, turn on the backup and wait for the phone to sync it to your Google Drive.

--On your iPhone, head over to Settings and navigate to Passwords & Accounts. Tap on Add account.

--Your iPhone will show all popular services, including Google. Tap on Google and log in with your password.

--Once you log in, tap on your Google account under the Passwords & Accounts option. Turn on synchronization for contacts.

--Wait for few minutes to let the device synchronize with the Google account. After a few minutes, your phonebook should reflect all the contacts from your Android phone.

Transferring from iPhone to Android:

--On your iPhone, navigate to Passwords & Accounts and head over to your Google account. Switch on the synchronization of contacts.

--On your new Android phone, simply log in with your Google account during the setup process.

--By the time your Android phone is set up, all your contacts will be transferred to your new Android device.

Transferring from old iPhone to new iPhone:

--Most iPhones backup your data, including contacts by default to iCloud. If you switched off the backup, head over to Settings and navigate to iCloud to turn on synchronization for contacts.

--On your new iPhone, once you log in with your Apple ID, all contacts are transferred to the device by the time the device finishes the setup.

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