if you have to switch phones – and who doesn’t at some point in time – one of the challenges you may face is that of how to transfer your contacts from the old device to the new one. When the phone OS is different, it might pose a bigger problem to you. Sometimes, it is not possible to beam them via Bluetooth. Here are two ways to transfer your phone contacts from one smartphone to another.
Option 1. Synchronise with Google Contacts or Outlook.
This is the easiest way, actually. Once you have set up your contacts with Google or Outlook, every time you set up a new smartphone with your Google or Outlook account, all your contacts get automatically synchronised to that new phone. Set this up and relax forever.
This option works for all platforms. You can transfer contacts from Android to Android, Android to Windows Phone, Android to Blackberry, Android to iPhone, or any of these others to Android. For more details, read: How To Manage Your Contacts Wirelessly Across Devices.
Option 2. Use a cross-platform third party app like Phone Swappr
Phone Swappr syncs your contacts to the cloud from your sending phone and downloads them to the new phone (there are other apps that work same way). So, you have to manually install it on both the phone that already has your contacts as well as the new phone that you want to set up. This application is available for Android, Windows Phone and iOS.
The challenge here is that you have to manually repeat this process every time you change phones. Your contacts do not get automatically synchronised like in Option 1 above.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.