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How to transfer contacts from one phone to another with Bluetooth

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In recent days, it has often happened to you that you have to share a contact from the address book of your smartphone and not succeed in an easy way in the enterprise. Your intent would have been to use Bluetooth for this purpose, but you just couldn’t make use of this possibility, due to errors or lack of communication between your phone and that of the recipient; you therefore had to fall back on decidedly less practical solutions – such as sending the contact via WhatsApp or email – and would like to avoid this happening again in the future.

If this is your need, then I am happy to let you know that you are in the right place, at the right time! In this guide, in fact, I will take care of explaining how to transfer contacts from one phone to another with Bluetooth , in a simple, fast way and using only the tools integrated in the smartphone (when possible).

So, without delaying a single second more, take a few minutes of free time to devote to reading this guide: I assure you that, at the end of it, you will have acquired the necessary skills to easily reach the goal you set for yourself. That said, there is nothing left for me to do but wish you good reading and good luck!

How to transfer contacts from an Android phone with Bluetooth

The steps to be taken to be able to transfer contacts from one phone to another with Bluetooth , when it comes to two Android devices , are extremely simple; I anticipate right away, however, that it is not possible to send contacts (or other files) from Android to iPhone with Bluetooth, due to the limitations imposed by Apple regarding the use of this technology (which is included in its devices, but limited via software regarding the exchange of files with third-party devices).

In any case, in order to succeed in the enterprise, it is essential that Bluetooth is enabled on both devices involved and that the receiving Android device is detectable by other phones.

So, open the Settings of each device, by tapping on the symbol of the gear that resides on the Home screen or in the application drawer, touch the items Connected devices , Connection preferences and Bluetooth (or only the Bluetooth item , depending on the version of the running operating system) and make sure the toggle at the top of the screen is set to ON , otherwise you can. On the target device, leave this last screen open and make sure the phone remains unlocked so that it is discoverable.

Alternatively, on the sending smartphone, you can activate Bluetooth directly from the Android notification area: to do this, swipe from the top of the screen to the bottom, to recall it, and repeat the operation starting, this time, from the bar dedicated to “buttons”, in order to expand it; therefore locate the button dedicated to Bluetooth (depicting a stylized “B” ) and, if necessary, press it to “illuminate” it.

Single contact

How to transfer contacts from one phone to another with Bluetooth

If you want to send a single contact via Bluetooth , first open the Contacts app on the sender device (usually identified by the icon depicting a little man ), search for the name of your interest in the list, make a long tap on it and press the sharing (the three dots joined by two lines ), which appears at the top right. Alternatively, tap on the contact to send, then on the (⋮) button located at the top right and, subsequently, on the Share item , located in the menu that appears.

At this point, tap on the Bluetooth item located in the panel that appears at the bottom, wait for the name of the target smartphone to appear in the list of detected devices and tap it, in order to start the transfer, which should be completed within a few minutes. a few seconds.

At the same time, a notification regarding the incoming transfer should appear on the target phone: to receive the contact, tap the Accept button and wait for the relative card to be stored in memory. Finally, open the notification regarding receipt of the file, touch the name of the same and choose whether to store the contact only on the device (without synchronizing them online), or to import it into the Google account associated with the phone.

If you do not see the notification indicating that the file has been received, you can retrieve it from the Android Download folder , accessible through the appropriate icon in the list of apps or with any file manager for Android (eg Google files ).

Note : if the source and destination phones have already been paired previously, you may not receive the notification about the incoming transfer: in this case, the file will be saved automatically in the download folder.

Entire address book

How to transfer contacts from an Android phone with Bluetooth

If you intend to transfer the entire address book , you must first generate a file containing all the names in the contact list of the device, in VCF format ; To do this, you don’t need to install any third-party apps, as everything you need is already included in Android.

So, start the Contacts app on your smartphone (the symbol of the little man who resides in the Home or in the drawer), tap the button (☰) located at the top left and select the Settings item from the menu that appears. At this point, tap on the Export item , located inside the Contact Management box , choose the location in which to save the file, specify a name to assign it in the text field at the bottom and, finally , tap the Save button .

Once this is done, using a file manager (eg Google Files ), go to the folder where you had stored the VCF file and make a long tap on it, so as to display the quick function bar. At this point, tap on the sharing symbol (the three dots joined by two lines ), choose the Bluetooth item from the displayed panel and tap the name of the smartphone to which to send the contacts, when it appears, to start the transfer.

Now, you just have to accept the incoming transfer on the target smartphone , by pressing the appropriate button (this is not necessary if the devices have been previously paired with each other), open the Android notification area and press on the message relating to the received Bluetooth files , so as to immediately view the VCF file (which still resides in the Android Download folder ).

Finally, tap on the name of the latter and choose whether to import the contacts only in the device memory (without synchronizing them) or on the configured Google account (if present). That’s all!

How to transfer contacts from an iPhone with Bluetooth

How to transfer contacts from an iPhone with Bluetooth

As I already mentioned in the section on Android, Apple imposes some limitations on the use of Bluetooth technology for exchanging files. It is not possible, in fact, to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android, however it is feasible from iPhone to iPhone (or other Apple devices) using AirDrop technology .

In simple terms, AirDrop is Apple’s proprietary wireless technology available on iPhone, iPad and Mac which, with the help of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, allows you to send various types of content (including contacts) between the devices of the “apple bitten “.

Before proceeding, it is good that you are aware of the fact that, for the transfer to be successful, the iCloud accounts associated with the two devices must “know each other” , that is, they must mutually belong to their respective contact lists; the transfer is always allowed if the two phones are paired with the same Apple ID.

Furthermore, it is necessary to prepare the target iPhone to receive files via AirDrop: to do this, call the iOS Control Center by swiping from the top right corner of the screen downwards, on iPhones with Face ID, or from bottom to top, on those with a physical Home button.

Now, make sure that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are active, otherwise do it yourself, and check that the wireless hotspot is disabled: always from the control center, press and hold the network box and, if the button Personal Hotspot is “lit” in green, press on it, in order to deactivate it.

Finally, still from the network box , locate the AirDrop icon and tap it to activate the related service; finally, choose to receive items only from the contacts in the iCloud address book: as I told you earlier, the transfer of contacts is impossible between accounts that do not “know each other”. Finally, remember to keep the receiving iPhone unlocked during the entire transfer process.

Single contact

How to transfer contacts from an iPhone with Bluetooth

After enabling AirDrop on the recipient iPhone, go to the sending device, open the Contacts app and tap on the contact you want to share, to open its information sheet; now, touch the Share contact item and, finally, touch the name of the recipient iPhone, marked with the AirDrop symbol, to start the transfer.

At the same time, on the target iPhone, the information card of the contact received will open, within the appropriate application: to save the name and add it to the address book, all you have to do is touch the Create new contact and End buttons to save the contact in the iCloud address book; if, on the other hand, you want to store it only in the iPhone memory, tap the Save button , located at the top right.

Entire address book

How to transfer contacts from an iPhone with Bluetooth

If, on the other hand, you intend to transfer the entire address book, you must create a VCF file containing all the names using a third-party app, such as MyContacts Backup , which is free for up to 500 exported contacts, otherwise it requires the purchase of the Pro version (€ 2.29). I do not recommend other free apps of this type, as they are often harmful to privacy, since sending contacts to external servers.

To get the app, search for it in the App Store (or follow the links I gave you a moment ago to quickly reach the appropriate sections), tap the Get / Install button and, if necessary, authenticate via Face ID , Touch Apple ID ID or password , to start installing the app.

Once this step is completed, open MyContacts Backup, touch the OK button to allow the app to access your contacts and touch the Backup button , to immediately create a VCF file containing the entire address book (make sure that the destination format of the contacts is VCF, and not CSV, by pressing the gear icon ). Once the files have been saved, tap the Email button and auto-send it to your email address (if you still want to send it via Bluetooth) or send it to the recipient’s email address.

In the first case, start the email management app on your iPhone, open the message you sent yourself and make a long tap on the preview of the VCF file generated previously (it should be at the bottom, at the end of the ‘e-mail). Finally, tap on the Share item and select the name of the receiving iPhone, marked with the AirDrop symbol , to send the file.

Once the transfer is complete, the VCF file will automatically open on the target phone, within the Contacts app : to import all the names into the iPhone address book, all you have to do is touch Add all [XX] contacts and then the option to create new contacts .

In case you had sent the VCF file with the contacts via email to the recipient iPhone, all you have to do is open Mail on the latter, then the message containing the VCF file, click on the attachment and continue as explained above for adding contacts to the address book.