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How To Transfer Contacts From Android To Android: A Quick Guide

How To Transfer Contacts From Android To Android

Have you bought a new Android device and want to transfer your contacts list to it quickly? Discover quick and easy tips on how to transfer contacts from Android to Android in a few super simple ways. 

Changing your Android phone or tablet into a new model is always a great pleasure. I am now waiting for my new Android phone to arrive, so I REALLY know how great it feels. However, I always want to make the process of transferring old stuff to my new device as quick as possible. 

Our contacts list is probably the first and the most important file we want to transfer to our new Android device.  What would we do with our phone without phone numbers to our friends and acquaintances on it? Nothing! Our phones are, after all, our main communication tool now.

That's why today I want to show you a few different methods of transferring contacts from one Android phone to another. Let's begin. 

This tutorial will be ideal for users who are changing their Android phone or are buying another Android device (e.g. tablet) and don't know how to transfer all their contacts to it. It's for beginner and less advanced but ambitious users who want to learn new things about their device and its features. 

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How To Transfer Contacts From Android To Android In 3 Easy Ways

I have come up with the three main ways in which you can transfer contacts from Android to Android. Which method you choose is totally up to you. 

I usually use the second method (I let my phone automatically update using my Google account) and back up all my files with the use of some backup app. Let's begin!

1#: Manually Transfer Contacts From Android To Android 

If you don't want to rely on any external app or use automatic backup from Google account, you can simply export your contact list from your current phone and then import it to another Android phone. 

This method requires that you transfer the file with your contacts list from one Android phone to another and then import it from the Contacts app of your phone. 

OK, here is what you need to do to manually transfer contacts from Android to Android:

  • Open Contacts on your current Android phone. You will find this app in the app grid and probably on the bottom of your home screen (like shown in the screenshot below). 
How To Transfer Contacts From Android To AndroidTo transfer contacts from one Android device to another you need to at first open the Contacts app.
  • Go to Settings. In the case of my Samsung Galaxy S7 (with Android 7.0), you need to click on the three dots in the upper right corner and click on Settings
How To Transfer Contacts From Android To Android: SettingsWhen in Contacts app, go to Settings.
  • Under MANAGE AND BACKUP CONTACTS click on Import/Export contacts
Transferring Contacts From Android To Android: Exporting ContactsTo be able to transfer contacts from Android to Android, you need to at first export contacts from your current phone.
  • As you can see you now have two options to either import or export contacts. Click on EXPORT to export your contacts as a VCF file. 
Transferring Contacts From Android To Android: Import/ExportNow you need to choose where you want to export your contacts.
  • As you can see you have three options now to export your contacts to either device storage, SD card or SIM card. SIM cards usually have limited memory capacity, so I suggest exporting it to SD card. 
  • Once you click on EXPORT your contacts will be exported and when the export is complete you will see the notification in the notification bar. 
Transferring Contacts From Android To Android: Exporting contactsThis is how the export of contacts looks on my Android device.

Transferring Contacts From Android To Android 

The file with your contacts list is now saved to your SD card (or device memory if you chose it) and you can access it either using some file manger like File Commander or a built-in file manager (most newer Android phones have built-in file managers).

In the screenshot below I navigated to the file with my contacts list and can easily share it now in many different ways. 

Transfer Contacts From Android To Android: Sharing The File With ContactsThis is the VCF file I exported to the SD memory in my phone. I can now share it in many different ways.

Send or share the file with another Android phone

As you can see once you click on SHARE there are multiple ways of transferring the file to another Android device: via MMS, using Link Sharing,  via e-mail, over Bluetooth, adding to Evernote or using the built-in feature to transfer it directly to anther device.

Transferring Contacts From Android To Android: SharingYou can share the CVF file with contacts in many different ways.

Transfer the contacts list file to another Android phone

You can also access and easily manage files on your phone if you connect your phone to your desktop computer. All you need to do in this case is: 

  • Connect your phone to your desktop computer with the USB cable. 
  • Once your desktop computer recognizes your phone, navigate to the folder where you copied your contacts (choose either Phone Memory and Memory Card depending on where you exported the file). If you have problems with connecting your Android phone to your computer, check this article out: USB Connection problems
  • Copy the file to your desktop computer. 
  • Connect your new Android phone to your desktop computer and copy the VCF file to it (you can either copy it to the Phone Memory or Memory Card). 

Transfer contacts from Android to Android using Bluetooth

The quickest method to directly transfer the VCF file with your contacts list will be to tap on Transfer files to device and follow the instructions displayed on the screen.

Remember to turn Bluetooth both on your new and old Android phone to allow the transfer. 

How To Transfer Contacts From Android To Android Using BluetoothMost Android phones also allow for directly transferring files over Bluetooth.

Import contacts to your new Android device

We are almost there. Once you have successfully transferred the VCF file with contacts to another Android device, you can now import it so that all the contacts appear on the contacts list. Here is what you need to do:

  • Open Contacts on your current Android phone. You will find this app in the app grid and probably on the bottom of your home screen (like shown in the screenshot below). 
Transferring Contacts From Android To AndroidOpen Contacts on your Android phone to import the VCF file with contacts.
  • Go to Settings. In the case of my Samsung Galaxy S7 (with Android 7.0), you need to click on the three dots in the upper right corner and click on Settings
Transferring Contacts From Android To AndroidYou need to access settings of your Contacts app to import the VCF file.
  • Choose IMPORT to import the contacts from the VCF file you have just copied to your new device. The phone will ask you where you want to import contacts from, so you need to choose either SD card or device storage (depending on where you copied the file). 
Transfer Contacts From Android To Android: ImportYou need to know choose where you want to import the VCF file from.
  • Next you have to choose where you want to save contacts (phone storage or Google account). I suggest saving your contacts to your Google account so that you won't lose them in case you lose your phone (this is basically what we will be talking in the second recommended method described below). 

2#: Automatically Back Up/Restore Contacts From Your Google Account

If you don't want to manually back up your contacts, you don't have to. Android phones, fortunately, come together with the automatic-backup feature that will let you automatically back up your data to your Google account and easily restore it on any Android device. 

Note that these settings and features may have different names depending on the phone model and version of Android OS you are using. In the example below I am using my Samsung Galaxy S7 with Android 7.0. 

The automatic backup feature is present on any Android phone with the 5 ("M") version of Android or higher. Here is what you need to do to make it work:

  • Go to Settings > Clouds and accounts > Backup and restore
How To Transfer Contacts From Android To Android Using Automatic BackupYou can also easily transfer contacts from one Android phone to another with the use of the automatic backup feature.
  • Under GOOGLE ACCOUNT make sure that Back up my data is ON (use the toggle button). This way you will be backing up all the personalized data to your Google account, including your contacts. 
How To Transfer Contacts From Android To Android Using Automatic BackupMake sure that both automatic backup and automatic restore are ON.
  • Under Backup account you can choose which Google account to use to create backups of your data. Choose the account that your Android phone has been registered with. From now on all your data will automatically be backed up to your Google account (when you are connected to Wi-Fi or over mobile data). 
  • At the bottom of the list of GOOGLE ACCOUNT items you will see Automatic restore. Turn it ON using the toggle button if it's not already on. 

Make Sure You Save Contacts To Your Google Account

Some phone models by default save contacts to the phone memory, not to the cloud (your Google account).

What it means in practice is that when you change the phone and even do the above process of backing up your data to your Google account, you will not be backing up your contacts. 

To avoid losing your contacts, make sure that you save them to your Google account, not to the phone memory. The best way to check that is to:

  • Go to Contacts and then Settings (like you did in the first method). 
  • Under DISPLAY make sure that Google (and your Google account e-mail address) is checked. If it's not, you probably aren't saving new contacts to your Google account but to your phone memory. 
Transferring Contacts From Android To Android: Saving Contacts To Google AccountYou need to make sure that you display and save contacts to your Google account, not the phone memory.
  • You can also check that by trying to add a new contact. Go to Contacts once again and click on the plus icon in the bottom right corner to add a new contact. If it wants to add a new contact to your Google account, then everything is OK. If not, some of your contacts may be on your device only so double check that to avoid losing them when you decide to buy a new phone. 
Transferring Contacts From Android To Android: Adding new contactsTo check if your phone is saving new contacts to your Google account, try adding a new contact and see where it wants to save it.

Transfer Contacts From Android To Android Using Google Automatic Backup

If you have followed all of the above instructions, automatic backup and restore should be working just fine. All you need to do now to transfer contacts from one Android phone to another is:

  • Turn your new Android device on. When asked to add a Google account, add the Google account you have been using so far (the one which you use to create backups). 
  • Connect your new Android device to Wi-Fi. Wait a few minutes until it restores all the settings and backups. When it's finished, you should have all your contacts on your new Android device. 

3#: Backup & Restore Contacts Using An Android App

This is probably the easiest and the quickest method of transferring contacts from Android to Android and it requires only a few seconds of your time. 

There are a lot of different backup apps both in the Amazon Appstore for Android and in Google Play. Here is what I can recommend to you:

  • Download and install Super Backup & Restore. This is my favorite backup app I have been using for a very long time. This app lets you back up contacts and other stuff as well (like apps, text messages, cal log, bookmarks and others). 
  • Open the app and click on Contacts
Transferring contacts from Android to Android: Using Super Backup & RestoreSuper Backup lets you easily and quickly backup your contacts.
  • As you can see you have a couple of options. I suggest you click BACKUP ALL to backup all the contacts that are on your phone. Click OK and the backup will be created. Depending on how many contacts you have this will take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. 
Transferring contacts from Android to Android: Using Super Backup & RestoreAll you need to do is click on BACKUP ALL and then OK and your contacts will be backed up.
  • You will see the notification when the backup is complete. Click OK. The app will ask you if you want to send the backup or upload it to some cloud service (like Google Play). I recommend you choose one of these options. If you click on SEND TO OTHERS you will have a bunch of options of uploading/sharing the backup file or you can send it directly to Google Drive. Choose the one that's the most comfortable to you.  
Transferring contacts from Android to Android: Using Super Backup & RestoreOnce you create the backup you can transfer it to another device in many different ways.

Which Backup Option To Choose To Transfer Contacts From Android To Android

If you are a beginner user, you are probably wondering which option to choose after you back up all your contacts using Super Backup & Restore. I suggest sending the backup to your own e-mail address (from your e-mail account) so that you will have a safe copy in the cloud in your own e-mail box. 

Transfer Contacts From Android To Android & Restore Them To Your New Android Phone

Once you have made the backup of contacts, it's time to transfer/import it to your new Android phone. Here is what you need to do:

  • Transfer the file with the backup of your contacts to your new Android phone. If you sent the backup to your e-mail address, go to your mailbox, download the file and send it to your new device. You can also manually transfer the file to your new phone by downloading the file to your desktop computer and then manually transferring it to your phone with the use of a USB cable. 
  • Install Super Backup & Restore on your new Android phone to import the file with your contacts.
  • Open the app and click on RESTORE. Navigate to the file with contacts you have just copied to your new device and then choose where you want to restore these contacts. You will be able to restore them to you phone memory or Google account. I suggest choosing your Google account. 
Restore Contacts To Android PhoneTo finish transferring contacts from one Android phone to another click on RESTORE and choose the correct file.
  • Wait a few seconds until the import is finished and you can enjoy all your contacts on your new Android device. 

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