How to Transfer Contacts from Android to Android

One great challenge that users will face when upgrading smartphone is transferring contacts from Android to Android. While it seems like a daunting task, it is actually a quick and painless job on the Android ecosystem. So in this tutorial, we are going to tell you multiple methods on how to transfer contacts between Android phones.

It is true that there are many methods to copy contacts from Android to another Android phone, such as email and professional data transferring software. We will share four best ways to help you transfer contacts from Android to Android. These ways are available to all Android devices from Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, Moto, Google, HUAWEI, Xiaomi and other brands.

Contacts from Android to Android

Part 1: How to transfer contacts from Android to Android in one simple click

Now, you should understand how to transfer contacts from Android to Android using Bluetooth, Gmail and SIM card. You may wonder whether there is any method that is able to transfer contacts to Android quickly and simply. From this point, we recommend Apeaksoft Phone Transfer. Its key features include:

1. Easy to use. It has the ability to transfer contacts from Android to Android, iPhone to Android, or Android to iPhone in one click.
2. Lossless migration. Phone Transfer will not interrupt existing contacts on Android devices during migration.
3. Faster and safer. It uses USB cables to move data between smartphone, which is much quicker and safer.
4. Keep original contacts. It is able to export the contacts from old phone and save them on new phone in original status.
5. Support a variety of data types. In addition to contacts, Phone Transfer works for videos, photos, music and other documents as well.
6. Higher compatibility. This phone transferring application is compatible with all Android phones released by Samsung, HTC, Moto, Sony, Google, HUAWEI, Xiaomi, etc.
7. There are two version of Phone Transfer, one for Windows 11/10/8/8.1/7/XP and the other one for Mac OS.
In short, it is the easiest way to transfer contacts between Android phones. Besides contacts, it also enables you to transfer photos, media files between Android and iOS devices with ease.

How to transfer contacts between Android phones via Phone Transfer

Step 1. Install the best contact transferring application

Download the right version of Phone Transfer based on your operating system and install it to your computer. Connect both Android devices to your computer. Start the Phone Transfer and wait for it to recognize your smartphones automatically.

Tip: To avoid data loss, you'd better use the USB cables came with your phones or the products authenticated by Samsung.

Step 2. Settings for contacts transfer

Make sure both devices show in the "Source" field and "Target" area. If not, click the "Switch" button to correct it. And tick the checkbox in front of the "Contacts" option. If you do not want to remove the existing contacts on target device, uncheck the option titled "Remove the chosen data on Target Device before copy".

Settings for Contacts Transfer

Step 3. Transfer contacts between Android phones

After settings, click the "Start to copy" button to start transferring the contacts from Android to another Android phone. A few seconds later when it is done, remove the smartphones from computer.

Note: Phone Transfer is able to import all contacts to new Android in one click. And it does not have limitations on the number of contacts. You can also rely on it to transfer text messages to new phone.

Part 2: How to transfer contacts from Android to Android using Gmail

Much like iPhone, Google now asks users to register new Android phone with primary email account, such as Gmail. At the same time, it is also a popular way to transfer contacts from one Android to another. Plus, you can use your Gmail account to sync all contacts automatically or manually between Android phones.

How to transfer contacts between Android phones automatically

Step 1. Go to "Settings" > "Account" on the previous Android phone and tap "Add Account". Pick Google and enter your Gmail credentials, including username and password. Once your Android phone is online, the contacts on both your SIM card and your device will be saved to Gmail automatically.

Google Contact

Step 2. To transfer contacts from one Android to another, you need to set up Google sync on the new device as well. Turn on the target Android phone and connect it to your Wi-Fi network. Head to "Settings" > "Account", press "Add Account" and then enter the same Gmail account.

Step 3. Then you will be prompted the sync settings screen. Make sure to enable the option related to "Contacts" and tap the "Sync" button. Now, your contacts should start importing to the new phone. A few minutes later, open the Contacts app to check whether it is successful.

Sync Contacts Google

Note: After transferring data, we suggest you to disable contacts sync between Gmail and your smartphone. Otherwise, any changes of contacts on one device will be synced to another one automatically. Here you may also want to know how to save contacts to Gmail.

How to transfer contacts from Android to Android manually

If you only want to transfer certain contacts between Android phones, Gmail is a good option as well. Here we use a Google Pixel as the example.

Step 1. Run the Contacts app and tap on the "menu" button.

On some smartphones, this app may be called People, Address Book or Phone Book. Locate to the Manage Contacts area, tap "Export" and select the contacts you want to transfer to the new phone. Then hit "Export to VCF file" and tap "Save" button.

Export VCF

Step 2. Then open the File Manager app and navigate to the folder saving the VCF file. Long press the file, select "Share" and then choose email on the share via list. On the new mail screen, enter your Gmail address and tap Send to sync contacts to your Gmail account.

Share VCF File

Step 3. Next, access your Gmail on the target device and download the VCF file locally. Then go to the Contacts app and import the contacts from VCF file. Note: Gmail is a web-based service, so you have to make sure the smartphones are online during the whole process. Plus, it may make take a few minutes to several hours to send VCF file via email.

Note: This way is able to save BlackBerry contacts to iPhone and cover the current contacts on iPhone.

Import VCF File

Part 3: How to transfer contacts from one Android Phone to another using Bluetooth

To transfer contacts between Android phones, you can try to use Bluetooth. Almost all Android devices equipped this wireless technology. It uses short wavelength radio waves to exchange data between mobile devices without USB cables and internet connection. Below is the step-to-step guide for the job.

How to transfer contacts from Android to Android using Bluetooth

Step 1. Go to the App Tray on the source Android phone and open the Settings app. Tap on the "Bluetooth" option and then put to switch to "ON" positon to turn it on. If the Bluetooth does not show on the settings screen, you can find it in Wireless & networks sector.

Step 2. Turn on the target Android phone and enable Bluetooth as well. Wait for it to show up on the available device list. Tap on the source phone, and then you will be presented a request dialog on both devices screen. Hit "Pair" on the source and target devices to set up the connection.

Tip: Make sure to put both your smartphone in discoverable mode, otherwise, they cannot detect each other.

Step 3. Next, open the Contacts app or Contacts tab in Phone app on the source phone. To transfer a single contact, long press it to activate the menu bar. If you want to transfer multiple contacts, tap on the "Menu" button, select "Import/Export contacts", choose "Share" under Export section, check the box on each desired contact and tap "Share" again.

Step 4. Pick "Bluetooth" on the menu bar and tap on the target phone under available device list. Unlock the target smartphone, and hit "Accept" on the confirming message to start receiving the contacts.

Step 5. Android will send the contacts in a VCF file, so you need to go to the Contacts app on target phone, tap the "Menu" button and then "Import/Export contacts", select "Import from Device" to search the VCF file on your phone. Then select the file and tap "OK" to import names and phone numbers to Contacts app.

Send Contacts Via Bluetooth


If you are dealing with pairing or connection problems when transferring contacts from Android to Android using Bluetooth, here are five tips of troubleshooting.

1. Make sure that the Bluetooth standards on your Android phones are compatible with each other.
2. Bluetooth is a location-based technology, so you'd better place the two smartphone as close to each other as possible and ensure there are no obstacles between them.
3. When connecting Android phones using Bluetooth, you should put them in accessible mode.
4. Charge both Android phones and make sure they have enough power due to Bluetooth is a power-hungry feature.
5. Restart the Android phones by pressing the power button. That could get the smartphones rid of stuck in certain mode.

Part 4: How to transfer contacts to new Android phone via SIM card

In addition to Gmail and Bluetooth, you have another option to transfer contacts from old Android phone to new one, the SIM card. It is not only the subscriber identification, but also a securely storage of contact names and phone numbers. Though many people do not prefer to save contacts to SIM card, this is one of the easiest methods to sync contacts between Android phones.

How to transfer contacts from one Android to another

Step 1. Start the Contacts app on the old Android phone. First of all, you need to distinguish where your contacts saved. The contacts marked with SIM card icons are stored on SIM card.

If not, you have to export contacts to your SIM card. Hit the "Menu" button, select "Export" contacts and then choose "SIM card" as the destination to save all contacts. Android allows you to save all contacts or specific ones to the SIM card from internal storage.

Export SIM Card

Step 2. Remove the SIM card from the previous Android phone and insert it into the new Android device. After the SIM card is detected on the device, you can see the carrier signal showing up on top of the screen.

Android SIM

Step 3. Open the Contacts app on the new phone, go to the "Menu" screen and select the option said "Import contacts". When prompted the destination, select "SIM card" to transfer contacts from one Android to another.

Import Contacts

Step 4. Next, go to the Contacts app, if the imported contact names do not display, pull down the screen to refresh contacts list. Now, you can remove the previous SIM card from your new phone and use new SIM card.

Note: To transfer contacts from Android to Android via SIM card, you need to be sure that the SIM card is compatible with both previous and target device. Plus, if the SIM card slots on two Android phones are different, this way is not feasible.

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Based on the tutorial above, you might grasp at least four ways on how to transfer contacts from Android to Android simply. Compared these methods, Apeaksoft Phone Transfer is able to get contacts saved on new Android phone using USB cable in one click.

The SIM card is the easiest way to do it; however, the prerequisite is that both the old and new Android phone is compatible with the same SIM card. And you can try to sync contacts between Android phones using Bluetooth. Another wireless way to import contacts from old Android to new phone is Gmail. You can discover your favorite way and follow our guides to get what you want simply.

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