New phone? This is how you transfer your contacts quickly

Did you recently get a new phone or are you planning to buy a new phone soon? One of the things to take into account is transferring your contacts. If you are wondering how to transfer your contacts quickly and easily, this blog will answer that question.

Transferring contacts using the Cloud

Totally happy with your new phone, you insert your SIM card, switch on your phone and then realise that you have no contacts on it… this is because numbers are usually stored on your phone, not on your SIM card. So when you start using a new phone, your contacts are not directly on the new device. You’re probably not looking forward to adding all your contacts, one by one, to your new phone. Luckily that’s not necessary either. By using the Cloud, you can transfer your contacts in an instant.

Transferring contacts to an iPhone

Do you have an iPhone? Here’s how to copy the contacts on your old device to the iCloud:

  • Go to the ‘settings’ app
  • Select your name, at the top of the screen
  • Click on ‘iCloud
  • Scroll down until you see the ‘iCloud backup’ option
  • Make sure the ‘contacts’ switch is on
  • Select ‘iCloud backup’
  • Choose the option ‘backup now’

 

Once you have completed these steps, your contacts will be copied to the iCloud. This copying process takes a few minutes, depending on how extensive your list of contacts is.

Once you’ve copied all your contacts, you can restore the backup made from the iCloud on your new iPhone. You do this by choosing the ‘iCloud backup’ option when setting up your new iPhone. Contacts backed up from your old device to the iCloud will be transferred to your new iPhone in no time.

Transferring contacts to an Android device

If you have an Android device, then follow these steps to put a copy of your contact list in the Cloud:

  • Open the ‘settings’ app on your Android phone
  • Now scroll down a bit until you see ‘accounts’ displayed
  • Click on ‘accounts’
  • Now select your Google account
  • Choose the ‘account synchronisation’ option
  • Flip the switch for the ‘contacts’ option
  • Now press the three dots in the top right corner of your screen
  • Select the option ‘sync now’

 

Once you have completed the above steps, your contacts will be copied to the Cloud. This copying process takes a few minutes, depending on how extensive your contacts list is.

Done copying to the Cloud? Then you can log back into your Google account on your new Android device. After logging into your Google account, all contacts originating from your old phone will automatically be copied to your new phone. So, you don’t have to do anything else except log into your Google account. Synchronisation then happens automatically.

Whatever type of device you have, it’s recommended to always have a backup of your contacts in the Cloud anyway. If, for whatever reason, you can no longer use your device at a later date, you will always have the backup of your contacts in the Cloud to transfer to your new device.

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