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How to transfer phone numbers from one mobile to another

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You have just bought a new smartphone, would you like to transfer the address book you had on your old phone to it but you don’t know how to do it? For work reasons you have to use both an Android smartphone and an iPhone, would you like to have the address book synchronized on both devices but you have not found any option to do it? Don’t worry, if you want, I’m here to give you a hand.

If you dedicate a few minutes of your precious free time to me, I can in fact explain how to transfer phone numbers from one mobile to another by telling you both how to synchronize the phonebook on two (or more) smartphones at the same time, and how to manually copy numbers from one device to the other.

Whether you want to transfer contacts between two Android smartphones, between two iPhones or between an Android smartphone and an iPhone, read on: you’ll find out in detail all the steps you need to take to reach your goal. Having said that, I just have to wish you good reading and wish you a big good luck for everything!

How to transfer phone numbers from one Android mobile to another

If you have purchased a new Android smartphone and you want to know how to copy the phone numbers you had on your previous smartphone, also animated by the Google home operating system, onto it, the instructions you must follow are those shown below. You can proceed either by synchronizing your contacts online or by manually transferring them. Here is all explained in detail.

Synchronization with Google account

The easiest way to transfer phone numbers from one mobile to another , in the case of Android smartphones , is that which involves synchronizing the address book via Google account .

The synchronization in question allows you to have the same address book on all devices that are associated with the same Google account, without having to manually transfer the contacts to one device or the other and with the advantage of seeing the changes made on any of the phones involved. automatically reported on all others.

Android smartphones can be paired with Google accounts during the initial configuration or later, using the settings menu. To see if your old Android smartphone is already associated with a Google account and automatically synchronizes the contacts with the “big G” address book, open the Settings app (the gear icon located on the Home screen or in the app menu), go to Account> Google , select your Gmail address and make sure that the switch relative to Contacts is active; otherwise activate it yourself.

If you do not see any Google account in the Account menu , it means that the device has not yet been paired with a Google account: to remedy this, tap on the item to add a new account , select the option relating to Google from the next screen and perform the ” access using the credentials of your account (or, if you do not have one, create it at the moment by clicking on the appropriate item and filling in the forms that are proposed to you).

Once you have associated your old smartphone with Google and have activated contact synchronization, do exactly the same thing on the new smartphone , associating it with the same account: you will have the address book synchronized on both devices. Convenient, don’t you think?

Manual transfer of the address book

Google contacts

If you do not want to synchronize the address book with Google (or perhaps you use a device that does not support the services of the Mountain View giant, such as Huawei smartphones with AppGallery), you can proceed with manually copying the contacts via .vcf file .

To do this, I recommend using the Google Contacts app , available for free both on the Play Store and on alternative stores: once installed on your old smartphone (by searching for it in the phone store, selecting it from the search results and pressing the Install button ), start it and, if necessary, grant it all the permissions necessary for it to work.

At this point, press the ☰ icon located at the top left, select the Settings item from the menu that opens, then touch the Export item , choose the address book account to export and press the Export to .vcf file button . Finally, select the folder in which you want to save the file (eg Download ) and click on Save , at the bottom right, to complete the procedure.

Now use any file manager for Android (eg Downloads , Google Files or Total Commander ) to reach the folder where the .vcf file you just obtained is located , rename it to contacts.vcf (if necessary) and share it via email app or cloud storage app, so you can access them on your new smartphone.

Both to rename the file and to share it, just perform a long tap on it, in order to select it, and then choose the relevant items in the menu of the file manager you are using (sometimes hidden under the button with the three dots or the one with the three horizontal lines ).

In conclusion, you just have to switch to the new smartphone and download the .vcf file shared just now from the old phone in a folder of the latter . After that, open the application Google Contacts (again on the new phone), press ☰ button, go to Settings> Import , check the box .vcf files , the OK and choose the .vcf file to import.

By acting in this way, you will bring the contacts of your old Android smartphone to the new one but, be careful, you will not have a synchronization between the two devices: the changes made to an address book will remain only on that specific address book.

Note: in case you want to copy only some numbers from the Android phone book and not all in bulk, open the Google Contacts app , perform a long tap on the first contact to export, select the others, press the share icon that appears at the top (the three dots joined by a line) and choose the app with which to share the .vcf file with your contacts.

How to transfer phone numbers from one iPhone to another

Have you just changed your iPhone and would like to know how to pass on it the contacts you had in the address book of the old “iPhone by”? Nothing could be simpler: now I’ll explain how to proceed both by synchronizing iCloud contacts and manually, by creating a .vcf file from the address book.

Synchronization with iCloud

iCloud

The easiest way to transfer phone numbers from one iPhone to another is by synchronizing the address book with iCloud , Apple’s online platform (which I told you about in detail in a dedicated tutorial).

First of all, you must know that with many chances you have already connected an Apple ID (the account that allows you to use iCloud) to your old iPhone and you have also activated online contact synchronization: these are, in fact, operations that are generally performed during the first configuration of the smartphone.

In any case, I advise you to check everything by going to the Settings menu of your old iPhone (the gear icon located on the Home screen), pressing on your name , then on the iCloud item and activating, if necessary, the lever relating to Contacts .

If instead of your name you see the writing Log in on iPhone , it means that you have not yet associated the phone with an Apple ID: to remedy and thus activate the synchronization of contacts, press on the writing in question, log in to your Apple ID (or create one, if you don’t have it yet) and activate the contact lever as mentioned above.

Now you just have to follow the same instructions on the new iPhone , associating it with the same Apple ID as the old smartphone and activating the lever relating to Contacts on it too . Very easy, right?

Note: in case you have configured more than one account for the synchronization of the address book on your iPhones, make sure that in the Settings> Contacts menu of both there is selected iCloud as the default account (in order to save the new contacts in the iCloud address book and not on other services).

Manual transfer of the address book

VCF iPhone file

Don’t want to use iCloud sync for one reason or another ? In this case you can create a vCard file (.VFC) with all the contacts in the address book of your old iPhone and thus transport them “manually” to the new phone.

There are several apps that allow you to do this: personally I recommend My Contacts Backup which is one of the few that protects the user’s privacy by not requiring login, social authentication and not communicating contacts to remote servers. Its basic version is free, but allows you to export up to 500 contacts ; to export more, you need to purchase its paid version for € 2.29.

To download the application on your old iPhone, use the device in question to open one of the links that I have provided you above (depending on whether you want to install the free or paid version), otherwise search for it in the App Store and select it from the research results; then press the Get / Install button and confirm your identity via Face ID , Touch ID or Apple ID password .

When the download is complete, start My Contacts Backup , grant it all the permissions necessary for its operation and press on the gear icon located at the bottom right. At this point, press on the Type item and choose the vCard format as the output format for the contacts.

Once this is done, go back to the main screen of the application, press the Export button and wait for the file with the contacts to be created. If you get a warning that the backup is taking up too much space, agree to save a “stripped-down” version, with no contact photos. Finally, tap the E-mail button and auto-send the file you just obtained via email.

Now switch to the new iPhone , start Mail (the default iOS e-mail client), open the message with the contacts that you sent yourself before, press on the icon of the .vcf file attached and, in the screen that opens, press on the entry to add the contacts in the address book.

Of course, in this way you will only have copied the contacts from the old to the new iPhone, you will not get a synchronization of the address book between the two devices; this means that if you apply changes on a phone, they will remain only on that phone.

To remedy this, if you do not want to use iCloud, you can think of using the synchronization offered by other services, such as Google : you can find more details on this in the next chapter of the guide.

How to transfer phone numbers from an Android mobile to an iPhone

Have you switched from an Android smartphone to an iPhone or, in any case, use both of these devices and would like to know how to switch contacts from one to the other? No problem, I’ll explain right away.

Synchronization with Google account

Google account on iPhone

If you want to synchronize the Android and iPhone address book , in order to have the same contacts on both devices while keeping all the changes synchronized, you can take advantage of the Google cloud platform .

To begin with, activate the synchronization of the phone book on Android by following the instructions I gave you earlier in the chapter dedicated to copying phone numbers from Android to Android.

Once this is done, take the iPhone , go to the Settings> Password and account menu (on iOS 14 and later the menu has been moved, you must then go to Settings> Mail or Settings> Contacts ) of the same, press on the item to add an account , select the Google logo , authorize the opening of the Google login page and log in to the Google account previously set on Android.

Once this is done, make sure that the contact synchronization lever is active on the next screen and press the Finish button to complete the procedure. In case you have already configured a Google account on your iPhone, you can check if the synchronization of contacts is active by going to the Settings menu > Passwords and accounts> Gmail (on iOS 14 and later the menu has been moved, you must then go to Settings> Mail or Settings> Contacts ).

Now you have activated the synchronization of Google contacts on the iPhone, then the numbers you have saved on the “big G” cloud will be automatically downloaded to your “iPhone by”. To ensure that the next contacts you create on iPhone are also synchronized with the Google address book, go to the Settings> iOS Contacts menu and set Gmail as the default account .

I also point out that synchronization with the Google account does not bring the contacts already present on the iPhone to the Google cloud (and consequently to Android); to copy those in the Google address book as well, you have to manually export the contacts from the iPhone and import them into the Google Contacts service: you will find all the details on this later , again in this tutorial.

Manual transfer of the address book

VCF files from Android to iPhone

In case you prefer the manual transfer of the phone book from Android to iPhone , all you have to do is export a .vcf file with the phone book from the Android smartphone and import it to the Apple one.

The procedures to which you must refer are the same that I explained to you in the previous chapters: those on how to export contacts from Android and how to import .vcf files on iPhone .

How to transfer phone numbers from an iPhone to an Android mobile

Have you switched from iPhone to Android and do you need to switch contacts from the Apple smartphone to the one animated by the operating system of the green robot? Then read on: you will find all the relevant information right below.

Synchronization with Google account

Google iPhone and Android synchronization

If you want to synchronize your iPhone and Android address books , you can set up a Google account on both devices and use it to achieve your goal.

To activate the synchronization of the address book with the Google account, all you have to do is put into practice the indications I have already given you before: here are those for iPhone , while here you will find those for Android . However, there is an important preliminary step to be taken on the iPhone .

Since, as already explained above, the synchronization of Google with the iPhone does not take into account the contacts already present in the address book of the Apple smartphone, in order to copy these contacts to the Google cloud (and, consequently, to Android), you must manually export them to a .vcf files and import them into the Google Contacts service , acting as a browser.

Therefore, proceed to export the iPhone contacts in the form of a .vcf file as explained in one of the previous chapters of the tutorial ; then connected to the Google Contacts service from the browser (possibly from a PC), log in with the Google account you intend to use to synchronize the address book and press the Import item in the left sidebar.

Then click on the Select file button , choose the .vcf file exported from iPhone (which you can download to your PC, for example, via e-mail or cloud storage services) and press the Import button to start importing the data.

Now activate the synchronization of the address book with the Google account on iPhone and Android and that’s it; I warn you, however, that the whole procedure could lead to the creation of duplicate contacts on your smartphones. To work around, try using the delete duplicate function of Google Contacts ( Merge and correct , in the left sidebar).

Manual transfer of the address book

VCF files from iPhone to Android

Do you prefer to manually transfer contacts from iPhone to Android ? In that case, you need to export the .vcf file with the address book from the iPhone, download it to Android, rename it to contacts .vcf (if necessary) and import it via the Google Contacts app .

For all the relevant information, you can refer to what is written in the previous chapters of the tutorial: those on how to export contacts from iPhone and how to import .vcf files on Android .