If you’ve just bought a new Android phone, you’re probably looking for ways to transfer your phone number from your old device to your new one. Fortunately, on Android, the process is pretty smooth. Here we are going to show you how to get your contacts on a new device quickly.
Easily transfer your contacts with Google
By default, Google has implemented a very good system that backs up your data (not only your contact information, but also photos, videos, text, and other information).
All of this happens in the background and the resulting file is linked to the Google Account you use on your Android device. If you continue to use the same Google Account on your new phone, all of this information will be transferred there quickly and easily. All you have to do is sign in with your Google login.
All of your data is stored in Google Drive, and the good news is that Google doesn’t count it into your Drive’s storage quota (however, photos are exempt from this rule).
Even if Google Backup is enabled by default, you can still check to see if the feature is working properly.
1. Open the Settings application on your phone.
2. Scroll all the way down until you find System.
3. Tap Save to see more information.
4. Make sure the Save to Google Drive switch is turned on and the tool backs up the data associated with your primary Google Account (or any other account you choose).
5. You can also request the phone to make a new backup by pressing the blue Backup now button.
Remember that Google backs up your data once a day and the Backup section tells you when the last backup was made. If you are not happy with this, you can go ahead and create a new one.
How to save new contacts to your Google Account
Google usually does a great job of backing up your data, but if you want to make sure your new contacts are saved directly to your Google Account, you can do so manually. You want to do this especially if you are using a Samsung device that automatically saves data to your Samsung account instead of Google.
1. Open the Phone application on your phone.
2. Press the “+” button in the upper right corner of the screen.
3. Enter the contact information, but before pressing the Save key, look for the “Save to” option in the “Create contact” section.
4. Tap “Device” as the default setting and select your primary Google Account.
This will ensure that the new contact is saved to the Google Account you select.
Manually transfer contacts from Android to Android
It is possible to manually transfer your contact information to your new phone. You must create a .vcf file and then transfer it to your device to access the data. Here’s how to do it.
1. Download your old Android device and go to the Contacts app.
2. Tap the three-point menu in the upper right corner of the screen and select Settings.
3. In the Connections section, click Import / Export.
4. Tap “Export to .vcf” to start the process.
5. Select the location where you want to place the backup. It can be in your internal storage (for example, in the Downloads folder) or in Google Drive.
6. Once you have made your selection, the creation of the .vcf file will finally begin.
When the process is complete, you can go to check if the file is in the location you specified. If you have selected local storage, you will need to send .vcf to your Gmail account so that you can easily access it on your new device.
Import contacts to your new phone
To manually import contacts to your new phone, you must first obtain a .vcf file for your device. If you’ve saved it to Google Drive, it’s great, you can easily access it from there (as long as you’re signed in with the same Gmail account).
On the other hand, if you sent the .vcf file to your new device, go ahead and download the file to your new device. You can find it in the Downloads section of your phone (this may vary; on OnePlus devices, you must first go to File Manager). Then follow these steps:
1. Open the Contacts application on your phone.
2. Select the three-point menu in the upper right corner and press “Settings”.
3. Press the “Import / Export” button.
4. Click “Import from .vcf”.
5. Select where you want to save your contacts. The first option is on your phone, but you can also add them to your Google Account.
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6. The phone then searches for all .vcf files on the device. It then displays a list of available options. Select the correct .vcf file, then press OK. Your number will be downloaded to the new handset.
If you check the Contacts application on your new phone now, you should see that it is full of all the phone numbers on your old device.
That’s it! As you can see, transferring contacts from one Android phone to another is very easy. No matter what phone models you use, you should have no problem transferring your data securely.
On the other hand, if you want to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone, check out the guide dedicated to this purpose. Alternatively, you may be interested in learning how to transfer files from your computer to your Android device.