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How to Transfer Contacts to a New Android Phone



  The contacts app for Android.

Android gives you some options for transferring your contacts to a new device. By default, everything should be synchronized when setting up a new device, but even if syncing is off, you can easily move your contacts.

The easy way: sync with your Google Account

Almost all Android devices sold Outside Google, there are Google services, including the ability to sync your contacts between devices. This option should be enabled by default when you sign in with your Google Account. We write this manual with a Pixel 2 XL on Android 9.0, but it should look similar on other Android devices. We also use the popular Google Contacts apps that you can download from the Play Store. These steps may not be the same for other Contact apps. So if you have problems, we recommend using Google Contacts.

First, open the Settings app and tap "Accounts."

 Android Settings

Touch your Google Account.

 Google Account Settings

Tap Account Sync.

 Account sync settings [19659005] Make sure the Contacts switch is turned on. It must be enabled to sync your contacts.

 Google Account Sync

That's it! Your existing contacts sync with your Google Account and will be available on every new Android phone you've signed in with.

Manual procedure: Backing up and restoring contact file

If your phone does not offer Google services – Or if you just want to copy things about yourself – You can back up a .vcf file containing all your contacts , First, open the Contacts app and select the menu icon in the top left. Again, we use the Google Contacts app.

 Android App for Contacts

Tap "Settings" in the menu.

 The menu in the Android Contacts app

On the Settings screen, tap the "Export" option.

 Android contact settings

Tap "Allow" in the permission prompt. This will give the Contacts app access to the photos, media, and files on your Android device.

 Access Permission

Tap the "Save" button at the bottom right.

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You can move the VCF file to your new phone by copying it to a USB drive, transferring it to a PC or your preferred cloud service. If you moved the file to the new phone, reopen the Contacts app. In the top left, touch the menu icon.

 Android contacts

Tap "Settings" in the menu.

 Android Menu "Contacts"

Tap "Import" on the settings screen.

 Android Contacts Settings Menu

In the window that appears, select the .vcf file option.

 Importing a VCF File into Android Contacts

Browse to the VCF file of your previous phone and open it.

 Selecting a VCF file to import

Your contacts will be imported into your new phone, and you can start calling and notifying your favorite people.


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