3 Steps to Easily Transfer Contacts Between Android Phones

Switching to a new Android phone is exciting, but the thought of manually transferring all your contacts can be daunting. Luckily, there are several easy ways to transfer contacts from your old Android device to a new one. In this article, we’ll walk through the steps for three simple methods: using your Google account, a third-party app, or a SIM card.

Method 1: Transfer Contacts Using Your Google Account

The easiest way to transfer contacts between Android phones is by syncing them with your Google account. Most Android devices automatically sync contacts with your Google account by default. Here’s how to check and enable contact syncing:

  1. On your old Android phone, open the Settings app
  2. Tap Accounts, then select your Google account
  3. Make sure Contacts is enabled for syncing
  4. Open the Contacts app and tap the Menu button
  5. Tap Manage contacts > Export to back up your contacts to your Google account

Now, when you sign into your Google account on your new Android phone, your contacts will automatically sync and appear in the Contacts app.

Method 2: Use a Third-Party Contact Transfer App

If you don’t use a Google account or prefer to transfer contacts directly between devices, you can use a third-party app. There are many contact transfer apps available on the Google Play Store. One reliable option is Send Anywhere:

  1. On both your old and new Android phones, download and install the free Send Anywhere app from the Google Play Store
  2. Open Send Anywhere on your old phone and tap the Plus (+) button
  3. Select Contacts and choose which contacts to transfer, then tap Done
  4. Tap Send which will generate a 6-digit code
  5. On your new phone, open Send Anywhere and tap Receive
  6. Enter the 6-digit code from your old phone and the contacts will transfer

Send Anywhere uses Wi-Fi Direct to transfer contacts between devices, so both phones need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. The app works even if you don’t have a Google account or internet access.

Method 3: Copy Contacts to SIM Card

As a last resort, you can also copy contacts to your SIM card on your old phone, then insert that SIM into your new phone. Keep in mind that SIM cards have limited storage space. Here’s how:

  1. On your old Android phone, open the Contacts app
  2. Tap the Menu button and select Manage Contacts > Import/Export contacts
  3. Tap Export > SIM card and select which contacts to copy
  4. Remove the SIM card from your old phone and insert it into your new Android phone
  5. On the new phone, open Contacts and tap Menu > Manage Contacts > Import/Export
  6. Tap Import from SIM card to copy those contacts to your new device

Note that contacts copied to a SIM card will only transfer names and phone numbers, no other details. But this method works even if you don’t have Wi-Fi access to use the other transfer options.


Transferring contacts between Android phones may seem complicated, but it’s actually quite simple once you know the steps. To recap:

  • The easiest method is syncing contacts with your Google account
  • Third-party apps like Send Anywhere transfer contacts directly between phones
  • You can also copy contacts to your SIM card as a backup option

Whichever method you choose, your contacts will be ready to go on your new Android device in no time. Say goodbye to the hassle of manually re-entering contacts every time you upgrade your phone. With these easy transfer options, you can focus on enjoying your shiny new Android device.

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